Meet Carrie Farmer (character interview by Terri Osburn)
Please tell us your name and a little bit about you.
I’m Carrie Farmer and I’m a single mother trying to give my daughter Molly the best life I can. I haven’t always made the best decisions in my life, and I’ve paid a high price for my mistakes, but I’m determined that Molly’s childhood will be the total opposite of the one I had. I’m also trying to establish a women’s shelter in my town so that women stuck in the same position I once was will have an option to get out.
What is your greatest fear?
I wish I had to think harder about this one. My greatest fear is once again letting the wrong man into my life. I threw away a good thing for a man who treated me like his personal punching bag, but it’s the internal scars that are the hardest to forget. I know I would never tolerate the abuse I did in the past, but I still fear putting myself back into that situation.
What matters most to you?
My daughter is everything. I want her to know her worth, to have nothing but good memories growing up, and most of all, to know that she’s loved and never has to face life alone. But to make that happen, I have to find my own worth, and that’s what I’m struggling to do. Thankfully, there’s a new man in my life who seems to think I’m perfect. I think he’s crazy, but it’s a nice crazy.
What would you sacrifice to be with your special someone?
Strange, but this is a harder question. I’ve worked hard to build this little home for me and my daughter, but I’d give it up for the right man. I’ve also built lasting friendships with people I never thought would give me the time of day, but if I had to choose between them and the right man, I wouldn’t like it, but I’d walk away to be with him.
If you could travel back in time to change one thing in your past, what would it be?
There’s such a long list of mistakes I could choose from, but I think it would have to be going away to college. Neither of my parents finished high school, let alone went to college, so back when it was my turn, I didn’t know it was even an option. I saw college the way some folks see climbing Mt. Everest. Impossible. At the same time, if I’d taken that route, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, nor would I have Molly, so in that way, I wouldn’t change anything at all.
About Her Hopes and Dreams (Ardent Springs series)
As a newly single mother, Carrie Farmer isn’t quite ready to jump back into the dating pool in Ardent Springs—especially since her last marriage was such a disaster. But if anyone could entice her to wade in a bit, it would be her hunky neighbor, Noah Winchester. He’s the perfect man: strong, protective, and smoking hot. But her eyes have deceived her before, and she’s no longer willing to hand over her heart so easily.
After completing several tours in the Middle East, Noah returns to his hometown a very different man. The former soldier’s plan to rest and relax is soon waylaid by the intriguing woman next door and her heart-stealing little girl. Something—or someone—put shadows in Carrie’s lovely eyes, and he’s determined to clear them away. But when hidden demons can no longer be ignored, the couple gets a reminder from an unexpected source that love truly can conquer all.