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The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli

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1776/Present Day – New York

New York, 2016
Natalie Abbott offers answers for hurting listeners on her popular radio program. But she struggles to connect with her teenagers, with her daughter in an unhealthy relationship and her son uncommunicative and isolated. When one member of the family commits an unspeakable act, Natalie is forced to uncover who she truly is under the façade of her radio persona.

New York, 1776
Mercy Howard is shocked when her fiancé, Nathan Hale, is arrested and hanged as a spy. When she’s asked to join the revolutionary spy ring in Manhattan, she sees an opportunity to avenge Nathan’s death. But keeping her true loyalties hidden grows increasingly harder as the charming Major John Andre of the King’s Army becomes more to her than a target for intelligence.

Mercy’s journals comfort Natalie from across the centuries as both women struggle with their own secrets and shame, wondering how deep God’s mercy extends.

Author Interview & Giveaway – Millie’s Resolve – Rebecca Jepson

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Please welcome a debut novelist, Rebecca Jepson! I know there are many fans of the My Heart Belongs series and I’m happy to have Rebecca with us today to tell us about hers!

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My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, CO:

Millie’s Resolve

Millie Cooper, fisherman’s-daughter-turned-nurse, flees a painful entanglement with the wealthy Drexel family who summered near her childhood home in Nantucket, only to encounter them again six years later in Glenwood Springs. The serenity of her mountain hideaway in a town with healing springs is disrupted when she faces caring for the elderly mother and the expectant wife of Stephen Drexel, the man she’d once loved—at the request of his brother John, the man who’d kept them apart. Will Millie forgive the wrongs she feels were done to her, or will she come to see them as a blessing in disguise that leads her to greater joys?

 

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Questions about Rebecca’s Story

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

The characters, especially Millie, John, and Stephen. They’re so vivid to me, so . . . likable. That probably sounds strange, since I made them up! But whenever these three people interact, whether one-on-one or all together, the story comes to life. I also love the romantic element of the book, the reluctant attraction, the misunderstandings, the unspoken heart’s desires. The dynamic between the brothers is fun, too.

Which scene is your favorite, the one you never tired of working with? Give us a reason to look forward to it.

There’s a scene in chapter six where the romantic tension really builds. The hero is puzzled by the nervous way Millie is acting toward him. Being an unassuming guy, at first he doesn’t recognize her attraction to him for what it is, and mistakenly believes she’s afraid of him. I love this moment when he realizes the truth:

She gave him a skittish glance, half a smile, and suddenly, he knew. Intuition hadn’t revealed it to him, nor had experience. He had neither where women were concerned. But somehow, he’d solved the mystery.

She’s flustered. Not scared, flustered. He was unable to stop himself, then, from finding her gaze…and holding it until she blushed.   

If you could be guaranteed to publish a book set anywhere and at anytime, what setting would you love to set a novel in?

A fishing village in Wales, probably sometime between 1900 and World War I. I’ve been captivated by Wales ever since I watched The Englishman Who Went up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain, a delightful movie set in rural Wales in 1917. As for fishing villages, I think my fascination might have begun when I visited Seward, Alaska, an incredibly beautiful fishing port on the Kenai Peninsula.

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Who is your favorite Christian Historical heroine?

Probably Leana McBride from the Lowlands of Scotland series by Liz Curtis Higgs. Leana possesses a quiet, meek inner beauty, while still being imperfect enough to be relatable. And though she’s entangled in a web of deception, conflict and rivalry, she somehow manages to find joy in the little things, tending her garden and sewing her one-of-a-kind garments with an infectious delight. I return to the series again and again, always stirred by her story, which is based on the life of Leah in the Old Testament.

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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.

Stealing Home by Allison Pittman, a novel set in Picksville, Missouri in 1905. The writing in this book is absolutely fluid—an especially impressive feat because one of the main characters is deaf, yet whenever he communicates with the other characters, the writing flows seamlessly. One of the main things I gleaned from reading this book was to choose my words with great care and economy. I noticed as I read the story that wordy, sappy scenes weren’t needed to create a world of chemistry between the hero and heroine. It’s as if every word chosen to build that relationship is infused with passion.

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His Substitute Mail-Order Bride by Sherri Shackelford

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1869 – Kansas

Russ Halloway’s mail-order bride never boarded the bride train! In her place is recently widowed Anna Darby Linford, sister of the last woman to jilt Russ. He’s surprised to see Anna again—and stunned when he discovers she’s pregnant. Marrying Anna seems the right thing to do…especially since love continues to evade him.

Anna hopes Russ will help her find employment—becoming a wife again never even crossed her mind. Yet as she struggles to start over in the small town, Anna forges a genuine connection with Russ. When secrets from her past threaten Russ’s future in politics, can they protect their family in the making?

Last Chance Wife by Janette Foreman

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1878 – South Dakota

When six-time mail-order bride Winifred Sattler is stranded in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, she’s grateful to find a temporary position at Mr. Ewan Burke’s business until she can return home. Ewan is handsome, but stuffy and serious—her complete opposite. Unlike her new anonymous correspondent, Mr. Businessman, who appreciates her bubbly optimism.

To keep his mining company afloat, Ewan can’t be distracted by Winifred’s vivacious beauty. He needs a no-nonsense wife. Someone like Miss Thoroughly Disgruntled, the only respondent to his recent ad with whom he truly connected. In person, Winifred and Ewan don’t get along, but in their letters they’re falling in love. Will they discover a perfect match in each other?

Accidental Sweetheart by Lisa Bingham

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1874 – Utah

Suffragist Lydia Tomlinson won’t stand for the rule banning women from the Batchwell Bottoms mining camp…even if protesting it means “kidnapping” miners to use as leverage. And with Pinkerton detective Gideon Gault guarding the mail-order brides, the women have chosen her to distract him. Now Lydia just has to pretend interest long enough to reach their goal…

Gideon promised to uphold the camp’s code of conduct, but he’s met his match in feisty Lydia. When a gang of outlaws threatens the town, he and Lydia must put their differences aside. And as they join forces to stop the thieves, he can’t help but wish her protest will succeed…so she can stay by his side forever.

Baby on Her Doorstep by Rhonda Gibson

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1884 – Texas

Laura Lee has longed for a child of her own—but she never expected one would suddenly appear on the school steps. With a note begging her to raise the baby girl, the teacher must find a new home since there’s a rule against children in the boardinghouse. Her only option is becoming a temporary live-in nanny for a rancher.

Widowed single father Clint Shepard needs a nanny for his daughter immediately—even if hiring Laura means he’ll have to find someone else in a few months when school starts up. But after spending time with her and the little girl she’s raising, he starts falling for them, and wishing their arrangement could be permanent.

Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

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1858 – Illinois

Marianne Neumann has one goal in life: to find her lost younger sister, Sophie. When Marianne takes a job as a placing agent with the Children’s Aid Society in 1858 New York, she not only hopes to give children a better life but seeks to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train.

Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with the children–firm but tender and funny. Underneath his handsome charm, though, seems to linger a grief that won’t go away–and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden. As the two team up placing orphans amid small railroad towns in Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.

My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado: Millie’s Resolve by Rebecca Jepson

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1888 – Colorado

Millie Cooper, fisherman’s-daughter-turned-nurse, flees a painful entanglement with the wealthy Drexel family who summered near her childhood home in Nantucket, only to encounter them again six years later in Glenwood Springs. The serenity of her mountain hideaway in a town with healing springs is disrupted when she faces caring for the elderly mother and the expectant wife of Stephen Drexel, the man she’d once loved—at the request of his brother John, the man who’d kept them apart. Will Millie forgive the wrongs she feels were done to her, or will she come to see them as a blessing in disguise that leads her to greater joys?

 

Second-Chance Bride by Linda Ford

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1886 – Dakotas

America was supposed to provide a new life, but Freyda has found only bitterness since making the treacherous journey from Norway. With her husband now deceased, her survival is in her own hands. If she can manage the two stubborn horses her husband left, she can manage the homestead too. But the horses prove unmanageable and she has no choice but to strike a reluctant bargain with her near neighbor. In exchange for his help, she will care for his two little boys.

Ward has known nothing but pain and disappointment in his relationships with women. It makes it difficult to trust his pretty neighbor, but he can clearly see she won’t survive without his help. And even he must admit that his sons need tending while he plants his crop. He never expected to need Freyda’s softness, too.

Freyda wanted to prove that she didn’t need anyone else. The more she is forced to work with Ward, the more she begins to realize that maybe God didn’t intend her to be alone. But Ward’s walls of distrust and past hurts are high–maybe too high for her to scale. Can she, and two little boys, open his heart to love again?

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