Meet the Characters: Eli Miller

So far, you’ve met Rachel, Beau, and Nadine. While he makes a hasty exit from the novel, one of the most important presences throughout is that of Eli Miller, the patriarch of the clan.

Actor Sam Elliott, my inspiration for Eli Miller.

Eli Miller is about as no-nonsense a man as you could ask for. He’s a farmer’s farmer, even if that does drive his wife slightly mad when he does things like fail to notice there’s pasture–er, we’ll call it mud–on the hem of his pants at Wednesday night church services. His hands are callused and worn, with oil stains in the wrinkles and around the fingernails.

He’s a good, God-fearing man, and it definitely took one to raise two twin boys to adulthood without losing his patience. He’s a lover of all of God’s creation, and he’s much happier on his farm than he is in the middle of high society–which makes for an interesting blend with his Keeping-up-with-the-Joneses daughter-in-law, Olivia.

“Mr. Miller, Mrs. Miller. It was a nice wedding.”

“Beau.” Eli nodded a greeting and then grimaced. “It was, and is, a circus sideshow. A swirling mulberry madhouse.”

“Eli!” Nadine slapped at his arm as the others laughed.

— chapter one, Don’t Ask Me to Leave

Eli had always thought he’d be there to help his sons raise their sons to adulthood, but all that hope was dashed when he received a diagnosis of cancer. Now, his one concern is that he’ll have enough time to make sure they are the men he hoped they’d be.

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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