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To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

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To Follow Her Heart

1664 – (New York)

It is 1664 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton’s ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados, with no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island.

Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy is rescued and aboard a British Naval Gunship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold–and to an overjoyed Patience–it’s not the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for.

Carol Awards – 2016

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Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson

Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

The Thornbearer by Pepper Basham

The Calling of Ella McFarland by Linda Brooks Davis

Author Interview and Giveaway – An Elegant Facade – Kristi Ann Hunter

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Time to celebrate a new Regency author! Her debut book is racking up award finals this year, so I’m sure this one will be delightful!

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An Elegant Facade

Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snag the attention of an earl.

With money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. When he first encounters the fashionable Lady Georgina, he’s irritated by his attraction to a woman who concerns herself only with status and appearance.

What Colin doesn’t know is that Georgina’s desperate social aspirations are driven by the shameful secret she harbors. Association with Colin McCrae is not part of Georgina’s plan, but as their paths continue to cross, they both must decide if the realization of their dreams is worth the sacrifices they must make.

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Questions about Kristi Ann’s Story

What was the hardest part of your book to write?

By far the hardest part of writing An Elegant Façade was that it overlapped part of A Noble Masquerade’s timeline. I tried so many ways to keep from having them overlap, but it simply couldn’t be helped. Too much of Georgina and Colin’s story had to take place after their first meeting and that occurred within A Noble Masquerade, so the books had to overlap. I don’t recommend that method for anyone, but I am in love with the results this time.

What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?

I learned a lot about different learning disabilities and other conditions such as ADHD and depression. Researching so that Georgina was authentic beyond just her symptoms taught me a lot about how the mind works and why some people’s minds work differently than others. More than once I had to sit back and say, “Seriously? You mean, that isn’t normal?” It’s actually led to us making some changes in our house and we’re considering having me and one of our children go through some testing. Because I’d never struggled with grades I never even considered that my mind could be working differently than “normal”. Writing this book has set me off on a path to learn more about myself and make my life a lot easier.

Which scene (give us the chapter) is your favorite, the one you never tired of working with?

The library scene. I don’t want to say too much about it because it’s near the end of the book in chapters 29 and 30, but I love this scene. It was incredibly difficult to write, partially because it is the scriptural and spiritual heart of the book, but even now after so many workings of it, my eyes get teary when I read it. There’s so much honesty in that scene, from both Georgina and Colin. They’re both so human and relatable.

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Questions about Kristi Ann’s Reading

Which book got you hooked on reading Christian Historicals?

Lori Wick’s Kensington Chronicles series were the first Christian Historicals I ever read. I think they might have even been my introduction to Christian fiction. My roommate in college owned every Lori Wick book ever written and when she noticed I loved the regency time period, she told me I had to read them. I’ve been hooked ever since.

What Christian Historical Novel taught you something about the craft of writing because it was so well done? And tell us a bit about what it taught you.

I’d been seriously pursuing writing for nearly two years when someone recommended Karen Witemeyer’s To Win Her Heart. I hadn’t read any of Karen’s books at this point (I read all of them now. The day they come out, if possible.), but what really struck me was the person recommending them wasn’t a Christian, wasn’t a churchgoer, wasn’t even a devoted “clean” romance reader. She’d just happened upon Karen’s book and loved it because the spiritual elements were so intrinsically woven into the characters that she was able to escape into the pages even though she didn’t share the beliefs. That was the type of fiction I wanted to write. Stories about people who were Christians, written in such a way that a non-believer could enjoy the book and learn a bit about God along the way. I’ve done a lot of studying on the way Karen crafts her characters and tried to incorporate some of those same ideas into my own.

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Journey’s End by Renee Ryan

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Journey’s End

1901 – New York

Having grown up on the mean streets of nineteenth-century London, Caroline St. James is used to fighting to survive.

So when her beloved mother—abandoned and ignored by her wealthy family—suddenly dies, the scrappy twenty-two-year-old devises a plan to right this terrible wrong. With nothing to lose, she sails to New York to find the man who turned a cold shoulder to her mother’s suffering: Caroline’s grandfather. To settle the family score, Caroline infiltrates her grandfather’s privileged world, hoping to sabotage his business from the inside. But as she sets her plot in motion, she meets Jackson Montgomery, a virtuous man who is struggling to recover from a family scandal of his own. As their friendship grows, and Caroline begins to piece together the motives that led her family to turn its back, she is forced to make a decision: Should she risk everything in the name of justice? Or can she look toward the future and let love and forgiveness guide her instead?

Sarah’s Surrender by Vickie McDonough

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Sarah’s Surrender

1901 – Oklahoma

When Sarah Worley rejects Luke McNeil’s proposal to pursue property in the Oklahoma Territory land lottery in 1901, the ranch hand pulls up stakes and goes after her. But he’s the last person she wants to see. The land lottery gives Sarah the chance to realize her dream of independence and a home of her own. But with it comes challenges she never considered. When her dream becomes a nightmare, she must decide whether to stay on her land or give up and return to the life she left. Luke hopes that by winning a claim, he can give Sarah the home she’s always wanted. How can he prove his love and show the stubborn woman that he’s the right man for her?

Saving The Marquise’s Granddaughter by Carrie Fancett Pagels

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Saving The Marquise’s Granddaughter

1745 – France

In a land fraught with religious strife, they must break the barriers between status and faith to forge a fresh future in a new world… After her Huguenot father is arrested, aristocrat Suzanne Richelieu escapes Versailles. Handsome German peasant, Johan Rousch, risks his life to bring her to the safety of his family’s farm in the Palatinate duchy, but when Suzanne’s brother and the French army arrive with a warning that they plan to burn the area, she and Johan are forced to flee. With no money or options, both become indentured servants in exchange for safe passage to Philadelphia. Suzanne falls gravely ill aboard ship and marries Johan, only to survive with no memory of the wedding—a reality made worse when Johan spots the “priest” who married them working as a surveyor and later in Quaker cleric garb. Are their wedding vows valid? When Suzanne’s former fiancé arrives in port, planning to abduct her, Johan must save her again—but can he do so before Suzanne is lost to him forever?

Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson

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Honor Redeemed

1852 – Florida

Two years ago, Prosperity Jones waved farewell to her beloved David as the army sent him to faraway Key West. Now with her parents gone, she has but one prospect for the future: make the dangerous journey from Nantucket to Key West to reunite with David and secure a happier life.

But when Prosperity arrives penniless in the South, she is dismayed to find David has not been eagerly awaiting their reunion. In fact, he is married to someone else. Scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, Prosperity gains the friendship–and the affection–of a kind doctor. Could he be the answer to her loneliness? Or will her life be upended by circumstance yet again?

Lawman in Disguise by Laurie Kingery

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Lawman in Disguise

1870 – Texas

When her son discovers an injured outlaw in their barn, the mysterious stranger instantly turns widow Daisy Henderson’s world upside down. But Daisy senses Thorn Dawson’s a good man…and there’s more to his story than he can tell her. So she can’t turn him away before he heals, even if she’s falling for him—something she swore she’d never do again after her husband died. 

An undercover lawman, Thorn never lets himself get too close to anyone. But that’s before he meets single mother Daisy and her spirited son. Now Thorn has to protect them from the Griggs gang—a gang that’s come to accept him as one of their own. And if he can’t keep up the charade, the woman of his dreams might just pay the price.

The Nanny Solution by Barbara Phinney

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The Nanny Solution

1882 – Colorado

When heiress Victoria Templeton learns her fortune is gone, she has to move to the Colorado frontier to live with her uncle. But with no money to pay for the trip, she must accept a position as a traveling nanny for a widowed rancher. And, much to the chagrin of the man entrusting his children to her care, she soon finds herself in over her head. 

Mitch MacLeod lives for two things: his ranch and his children. And pampered Victoria isn’t qualified to help with either. But the former socialite has more grit—and determination—than he first thinks. If her uncle has his way, though, Mitch will soon lose his ranch—and any hope of a future with Victoria.

Counterfeit Courtship by Christina Miller

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Counterfeit Courtship

1865 – Mississippi

Returning home, Confederate hero Colonel Graham Talbot faces his toughest battle yet—avoiding the marriage-minded young ladies in town vying for his attentions. With a stepmother and orphaned niece to support, the penniless soldier has no intention of marrying. Neither does the woman he once loved, his next-door neighbor Ellie Anderson. But Ellie has a proposal of her own: a pretend courtship to keep their unwanted admirers at bay. 

Ellie’s unpredictable childhood left her determined to safeguard her independence—and her plantation. Blaming herself for driving Graham away to war, she devises a plan to help them both. But when it goes awry, Ellie will face a choice: save her beloved property…or trust in a relationship that’s becoming undeniably real.

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