Dialing the wrong number is embarrassing and inconvenient, but what if your mistake led to healing and romance?
In real life, this isn’t very likely to happen, but it’s just the sort of thing that fiction was made for…
In The Accident, Chris Knowles accidentally texts the wrong number. But little does he know, he texted a teenager walking through a dark season in her life and in desperate need of a friend and godly council.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Grown man + Teen girl = NOPE. But hang on. I’m a mother. A Christian. And a fiction author. I didn’t approach this subject carelessly.
I wanted to tell this story of a wrong number with a twist. What if you THOUGHT you knew who you were texting but found out later that you didn’t? Things just got a little more complicated. And that’s what happens to Chris. He has no idea he’s talking to a teen girl, or he wouldn’t have continued that conversation. Ashlyn is lonely and doesn’t realize the potential trouble she could have caused.
I did the responsible thing by touching on the real dangers of pulling such a stunt. But I also told a heartwarming fiction story where the wrong number really can lead to soul-deep healing and romance (between Ashlyn’s mother and Chris!).
What are the odds that your biggest mistake could lead to a blessing and, yet, God often uses our mistakes to create something remarkable in spite of all our wrongs.
The Accident is a beautiful look at family relationships. And the entire thing is written in text messages and journal entries, making this a quick read.
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Can a wrong number bring true love or only heartache?
Ashlyn Conner’s life is spiraling out of control. She’s already lost her father, and now that her mom is battling thyroid cancer, she fears being orphaned at fifteen. When a friendly stranger texts the wrong number, Ashlyn finds a confidant she didn’t realize she needed. The more Ashlyn gets to know Chris Knowles, the more she’s convinced he could be the caring husband and loving father the Conner women so desperately need.
If only she’d been honest and hadn’t made him believe he was texting her mother, Danielle.
When the truth comes out, will she lose her friendship with Chris and damage her relationship with her mother? Or can God make something beautiful out of her lie?
Told through text messages and Ashlyn’s journal entries, The Accident is a heartwarming, family-centered story.