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Lori Copeland

Author of  Patience (Brides of the West #6)

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Lori Copeland's Bio:
Christian romance author Lori Copeland has published more than fifty-five novels since beginning her writing career in 1982. Her works include a novella in the wedding anthology With This Ring and the Brides of the West series, containing Faith, June, Hope, and Glory. A recent women's fiction release, Child of Grace, was published in July 2001 and is about the tough choices that women are forced to make. Christmas Vows $5 Extra is a heart-warming novella released in fall 2001, and Lori commented, "I don't know how long it's been since I so thoroughly enjoyed work!" She is also collaborating with Angela Elwell Hunt on a series of three books, The Island of Heavenly Daze, Grace in Autumn, and Winter's Warmth set in the town of Heavenly Daze, Maine.

Lori Copeland strongly feels that Christian romance has a great ministry value. "Today when there are so many broken homes, so much unhappiness in young people's lives, I think it's clear we need to rebuild our faith in relationships. That's why the happy ending is so important; romance novels emphasize that it is possible to find and build true love. This is especially true of a Christian romance, which points to the Source of our hope and the Healer of relationships, the Lord Jesus Christ." Christianity to Lori means peace, joy, and the knowledge that she has a Friend, a Savior, who never leaves her side. Through her books, she hopes to share this wondrous assurance with others.

Lori and her husband, Lance, live in Springfield, Missouri, and have enjoyed more than 43 years together in marriage. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, three grandsons, and one granddaughter (they admit to spoiling the only girl in the family just a little bit).