Meet the Characters: Beau Samuels

Last week, you met Rachel Miller. This week, let’s meet our other protagonist, Beau Samuels. The character of Beau is loosely based on the Biblical character of Boaz from the book of Ruth.

Actor Richard Holt – my inspiration for the character.

Beau Samuels is the next-door neighbor of Rachel’s in-laws, Eli and Nadine Miller. Like Rachel, he’s alone in the world. His mother died when he was just a little boy, and his father passed near the close of his senior year of high school.

Beau is a hard-working man. He gave up his chance at college to work the farm he inherited, and he also put to work the woodworking skills that his father taught him.

He’s interested in history, archaeology, and anthropology–specifically, the history of the Adena people, since one of their burial mounds is secreted away amongst the rolling hills of his cattle farm.

Lately, though, Beau’s interests have turned a little more modern. As soon as his best friend David brought over his future bride, Rachel, Beau was smitten. Now that David is gone, Beau’s heart aches to step into the spot David left behind, but will Rachel let him?


A Brief Synopsis:

BEAU SAMUELS has everything he could want from life—everything except the woman he loves. He carries a torch for his best friend’s wife, but his noble heart will not allow him to come between what God has joined together.

RACHEL MILLER has no idea of his attraction; she’s too preoccupied with her joy at leaving her orphaned childhood behind for a life at the center of her new family and settling down in the rolling hills of Kentucky for a long and happy marriage to David, her very own Prince Charming.

Rachel’s storybook life takes a dramatic turn when her father-in-law, Eli, succumbs to a brutal heart attack.  Days later, her husband and brother-in-law are killed in a horrific traffic accident. Her nascent faith falters as she blames God for ripping her happiness away. But NADINE MILLER, her mother-in-law, believes that God has a plan. She encourages Rachel to work through their shared grief and understand what He has in store.

Will Rachel be able to move past her pain and face her uncertain future? Will Beau be able to convince Rachel to open her heart again? Only time will tell…


Don’t Ask Me to Leave goes on pre-order February 17 on Amazon.

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