New! A Walk to the Bakery and book discussion of Mother of My Son. Favorite scenes, the writing process, and how real life influences fiction.
BEFORE THE BIRDS – 2018 (under pseudonym E.L. Raine)
Why God made us male and female, why it matters, and what to do with all the confusion.
You’ve heard about puberty, purity, and dating. But what about all the confusion surrounding gender identity? What about questions like: Love is love, right? Who am I to judge? Do the laws in the Old Testament even matter anymore? How does our sexuality relate to the gospel of Jesus? What if I’m wrestling with gender identity? There is hope for your weary mind. Before the Birds invites you to unravel the confusion by taking a holistic, biblical, and systematic approach to these complex issues. Ignite your critical thinking, bolster your convictions and compassion, and discover how God’s design for humanity sheds light on today’s issues. It’s not enough to understand the birds and the bees. Now, more than ever, we need to uncover the truth established Before the Birds.
THE GROUND BENEATH US – 2015
How do you resurrect a dead marriage?
Feeling trapped in a lifeless marriage, Holly Lewis runs away from home one morning. She’ll come back of course, to her humdrum husband and two children, but after running into Seth, the divorced artist down the street, Holly begins to question everything. It doesn’t help matters that one of her friends seems to have an ideal marriage and another friend is starting over from scratch. When Seth helps her train for a half marathon, Holly wonders if she’s missing out on her soul mate. Should the promise she made to her husband, who now seems like a stranger, trump her own happiness? ‘Til death do us part, she once vowed. But what if the marriage dies first?
“A honest look at marriage and the struggles that can occur. Rachel has created characters that you love to hate because their story is very relatable…”
“This is a very important book…The characters are believable and well developed. Their story is thought-provoking and even haunting at times as Allord so accurately depicts real life…. has the potential to enrich marriages and hearts, and I would highly recommend it.”
“…characters are believable and realistic…a good reminder that marriage is not always a wonderful fairytale dreamland…Once started, this novel is hard to put down because you want to see what happens to the characters…”
“[Allord] writes with such honesty, she doesn’t sugar coat the challenges of life…
“If you start this book at bedtime, you will be up longer than you think…”
“Once you open this book it’s hard to put it down!”
MOTHER OF MY SON – 2013
College student Amber Swansen gives birth alone. In desperation, she abandons the newborn, buries her secret, and attempts to get on with her life. No matter how far she runs, she can’t escape the guilt. Years later and still haunted by her past, Amber meets Beth Dilinger. Friendship blossoms between the two women, but Beth’s son is a constant, painful reminder to Amber of the child she abandoned. When heartache hits, causing Amber to grapple with the answers to life’s deeper questions, Beth stands by her side. Yet just when peace seems to be within Amber’s grasp, the truth of her past and the parentage of Beth’s son comes to light and threatens to shatter not only their worlds, but the life of the teenager they both love.
Read more about her publication journey here.
“I was hooked on the first page and kept on going. Watch for more from this talented author!”
– Anne Mulligan, Sr. Editor
“…kept me turning the pages. I even lost a little sleep because I didn’t want to put it down.”
“…an engaging read from the very first page!”
“This book really is a breath of fresh air…”
“Wonderful and believable… so refreshing in Christian literature.”
“…beautiful. The characters are so real, the dialog so believable, and it is not a book you will easily forget…”
“Heart warming and heart wrenching story!”
“…an engaging story. I couldn’t put it down. I literally stayed up all night reading it!”
“Once I picked it up I just couldn’t put it down…”
“Outstanding. Thoughtful. Grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. Felt for all the characters. A book about real pain and real redemption. I highly recommend it.”
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