Character Spotlight: Nicole Deese’s Willa Hart and a giveaway

A Season to LoveMeet a devoted widow in

Nicole Deese’s

contemporary romance

A Season to Love

Waterfall Press


The Story

At this point in her life, bravery is not a trait Willa Hart would readily claim. She believes her seven-year-old daughter, Savannah, who never knew her father and successfully tackled chemotherapy, is truly the courageous one. Yet after Willa has a fateful encounter with handsome young doctor Patrick McCade, her outlook—and her view of herself—begins to change.

Patrick, a thrill-seeking world traveler and temporary resident of Lenox, Oregon, sets out to show Willa the value of adventure, even within her tiny town. But just when their friendship shows signs of turning into something more, Patrick’s life as a traveling doctor calls him back. Will his last days in town signal the end of their journey, or will Patrick and Willa find the courage to transform a single season into a lifetime?

Introducing Willa

Brief physical description

Tall (5’ 9’’), shoulder-length blonde hair, acorn-colored eyes, slender figure.


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Strengths and weaknesses

Willa is a compassionate friend, a devoted mother, and a responsible employee who thrives on routine and predictability. Due to some difficult life circumstances in her past, Willa is fearful to step out of her carefully constructed comfort zone. She minimizes her world, calculating the risks and avoiding any situation that requires courageous living.


She’s addicted to the calming powers of peppermint candies and never leaves the house without her pockets packed full of the pinwheel mints.

Your inspiration for the character

Willa was a secondary character in A Cliché Christmas, a Love in Lenox novella. Her backstory of losing her husband at a young age and then walking through cancer treatments with her daughter really tugged at my heart. I not only wanted to give Willa a happily ever after, but also a journey that would challenge her belief system and push her self-imposed limitations.

Background to the story

A Season To Love holds a special place in my heart. Dealing with the heartache associated with grief is never simple or formulaic, it’s layered and messy and sometimes even debilitating. After losing my baby sister two years ago, I knew any premise I wrote dealing with “life after loss” would be a difficult one. But thanks to God’s unwavering provision, it was also a healing one. Willa’s journey became my own in more ways than I could count. I could relate to her struggle with anxiety and her avoidance of potentially risky or vulnerable situations. And every step she took…was a step I took, too. In the end, this story isn’t about being the boldest or the bravest. A Season To Love is about breaking the fear that holds us back, and holding onto a promise that can never be broken.

Thank you, dear Nicole!

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26 Responses to Character Spotlight: Nicole Deese’s Willa Hart and a giveaway

  1. When my sweet tooth hits I usually want chocolate. I love chocolate with almonds.

  2. This book is one to read and reread, it is so good!
    I love chocolate chip cookies and dark chocolate!

  3. I love peanut m&ms and chocolate chip cookies! My favorites!

  4. Anything chocolate for me!

  5. I have way to much of a sweet tooth. Favorites are Hershey Kisses and M&M’s. If we’re going for homemade, then I love brownies and fudge (with no nuts) just pure chocolate!!!

  6. Yes, I do have a sweet tooth. I like just about anything chocolate. I also have a fondness for ice cream.

  7. I definitely have a sweet tooth. My current favorite is dark chocolate with almonds.

  8. Definitely! I love dark chocolate, especially with coconut or almonds.

  9. I love gummy bears. Thank you for the chance. God bless.

  10. I love M&Ms and jellybeans!

  11. Dove chocolate is one of my favorites and yes, I have a sweet tooth.

  12. I definitely have a sweet tooth – anything with genuine chocolate is my candy of choice (I don’t like the artificially chocolate flavoured candies).

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity :)

  13. I do and chocolate is my weakness :)

  14. Sometimes I crave candy and it is Almond Joy or Mounds for me.

  15. Connie Saunders

    Anything chocolate but especially Snickers!

  16. I do have a sweet tooth for red licorice !

  17. Susan Anne Mason

    I love M&M Peanuts and Reese’s Peanut butter cups!
    Thanks for the interview. This cover has definitely caught my attention!

  18. I most certainly have a sweet tooth! I love chocolate and Peanut Butter like a good Reese PB cup, or chocolate and Carmel.

  19. I love Hershey’s with Almonds!

  20. I really wish I did not have a sweet tooth, but a peanut butter chocolate combo like Reese Cups, PB M&Ms or especially Haagen Dazs chocolate with peanut butter chunks I’ve cream, and well, self control becomes a fruit of the Spirit in dire need of fertilization. Super excited about Willa’s story. #TBR

  21. Chocolate.

  22. I love take 5, shockers, & watermelon laffy taffy! they’re all SO ADDICTING!

  23. I love watermelon laffy taffy! ITS SO ADDICTING!

  24. I love sweet tarts and licorice! But not together!!

  25. Dark chocolate is my fave! :)

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