Meet the Characters: David and Daniel Miller

In our parade of character introductions, we’ve met Rachel, BeauNadine, and Eli. In this post, we’ll meet the twins, David and Daniel.

David and Daniel are based on the characters of Mahlon and Chilion from the book of Ruth (the sons of Elimilech and Naomi).

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal as my inspiration for David
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal as my inspiration for Daniel

David, the older twin, is the more serious of the two. He’s a hard worker, like his dad, and a bit of a homebody. A natural-born athlete, he went to the University of Southern Indiana on a soccer scholarship (meeting Rachel there).

He’s excited to come back to his hometown and start a new life with his young bride, and plans to spend a lot of time with his parents to make up for the four years spent away.

Daniel is younger and considerably more devil-may-care than David. He’s a bit irresponsible and somewhat absent-minded… especially when it comes to remembering that there’s work to be done. Daniel’s fun-loving and energetic and is thrilled to have captured the heart of his socialite bride Olivia… and the deep pocketbook of her daddy. He’s willing to put in a few years at the satellite office in Lexington until he shows his value to Olivia’s dad and becomes worthy of an office at the main location in California, but until then, he and Olivia will happily hob-nob with other young couples at society events and locales like Keeneland Race Course. After all, what’s life worth if you’re not having fun?


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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