Thursday, April 04, 2019

This Is My Story BEFORE The Story ~ The Wrong Suitcase

I’m Regina Larson, Reggie for short, and here I am in Tel Aviv. But instead of basking in the sun on the Mediterranean beach across from the hotel, or shopping in the eclectic markets of the old port, I’m dragging a stranger’s suitcase over cobblestoned sidewalks back to the hotel.

It’s my fault. If I hadn’t been in such a hurry to begin this trip-of-a-lifetime, this pilgrimage, I would have checked the label on the suitcase before grabbing the wrong one at the airport. So now I’m stuck in Israel with a bag full of men’s clothing. It should have been an easy exchange. The voice on the beater phone I found in the suitcase said to return ‘it’ to Halper’s Bookstore in Joppa at 4:20. The man was obviously irritated and hung up before I could ask any more questions.

But there was no man at the bookstore.

Why is this happening? After saving for years for this Holy-Land tour, I’m finally here, ready to see places that have only been words on a page before. And I’m ready to get my calling. What better place to receive God’s calling than in the promised land—the land where Abraham received a covenant, Mary discovered her purpose, and Jesus changed the lives of many. Instead, I’m lugging someone’s suitcase back to the hotel with a virtual stranger.

This stranger—Jacob Ross—seems overly curious about the suitcase. He’s asking too many questions and insists on walking me back to the hotel. Is he just being nice? He’s charming and interesting, but something’s off. All I want is a shower, a change of clothes, and a short nap. And I want MY SUITCASE!

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My Story Title:   The Wrong Suitcase

My Story Genre: Romantic Suspense

My Story Released: February 2019

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The Author of My Story:   Sherri Steward

Sherri Stewart loves a good suspense novel, sprinkled with romance and a strong message that challenges her faith. She spends her working hours with books—either editing others’ manuscripts or writing her own. Her hobby is traveling to potential settings for future stories. Next stop: Israel. Sherri lives in the Orlando area with her family and lazy dog, Lily. She loves to chat with readers about their ideas. Contact her at

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WHERE can the book be purchased?

  • Amazon: The Wrong Suitcase
    This book is available in paperback, eBook, and Kindle Unlimited.

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11 comments: said...

Welcome to journeystojoy!

Regina's (Reggie's) story is intriguing and her portrayal of the situation holds enough dry wit to make me want to pick up the book and read it TODAY.


Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Ooo, that was an intriguing glimpse. It certainly piques my interest. :) Thanks for sharing!

HeidiDruKortman said...

This sounds particularly interesting.

Jarm Del Boccio said...

Regina’s story is fascinating . . .and Joppa is my favorite Israeli town! I’m looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for sharing!

Gail Kittleson said...

Oh, you got me all curious about your heroine...and Jacob! Thanks.

Deb Gardner Allard said...

I think I would enjoy your book!!! said...

Congrat-YOU-lations to Heidi Kortman!

She has won a signed copy of THE WRONG SUITCASE!

Thank you for participating, Heidi.

HeidiDruKortman said...

Thank you, Joy and Sherri. Joy, you know my address, right? said...

Yes, Heidi -

Your book will wing it's way to you shortly!


HeidiDruKortman said...

Thanks so much.

Sherri Stewart said...

Thank you all for your comments. Please let me know if you'd like to see more books about Regina and Jacob.
Sherri Stewart