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Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace by Jody Hedlund

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Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace

1742 – England

Now remembered as the author of the world’s most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty is to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father—until the night he hears Polly Catlett’s enchanting voice, caroling. He’s immediately smitten and determined to win her affection.

An intense connection quickly forms between the two, but John’s reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life are concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern leaves John imprisoned and bound, Polly must choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves?

Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe.

Mattie’s Pledge by Jan Drexler

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Mattie’s Pledge

1840 – Indiana

Mattie Schrock is no stranger to uprooting her life. Even as her father relocated her family from one Amish community to the next, she always managed to find a footing in their new homes. Now as the Schrock family plans to move west from Somerset County to a fledgling Amish settlement in Indiana, she looks forward to connecting with old friends who will be joining them from another Pennsylvania community–friends like Jacob Yoder, who has always held a special place in her heart.

Since Mattie last saw Jacob, they’ve both grown into different people with different dreams. Jacob yearns to settle down, but Mattie can’t help but dream of what may lie over the western horizon. When a handsome Englisher tempts her to leave the Amish behind to search for adventure in the West, will her pledge to Jacob be the anchor that holds her secure?

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Author Interview and Giveaway – Rachel McMillan – A Lesson in Love and Murder

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Isn’t this a wonderful, non-run-of-the-mill cover? And as a Canadian author, she’s willing to send to Canada, so if you’re a Canadian who laments the lack of contests for you, definitely sign up for this one. 🙂

 

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A Lesson in Love and Murder

From political danger to personal drama, life is about to get explosive…

The legacy of literary icon Sherlock Holmes is alive and well in 1912 Canada, where best friends Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts continue to develop their skills as consulting detectives.

The city of Toronto has been thrown into upheaval by the arrival of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Amid this political chaos, Benny Citrone of the Royal North-West Mounted Police arrives at Merinda and Jem’s flat, requesting assistance in locating his runaway cousin—a man with a deadly talent.

While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting heads—and hearts—with Benny. Meanwhile, Jem has her hands full with a husband who is determined to keep her out of harm’s way.

As Merinda and Jem close in on the danger they’ve tracked from Toronto to Chicago, they uncover a sinister plot to assassinate presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt. Will they be able to save the day and resolve the troubles threatening their future happiness before it’s too late?

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Questions about Rachel’s Story

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

The research (which took me around Toronto and to Chicago ). I loved reading about Roosevelt. One of my favourite books that I read in conjunction with him is called Team of Rivals and I highly recommend it. Especially because I am fascinated by the history of journalism during this era of upheaval.  I also really really enjoyed all the research and works I consulted on the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. The Force is a massive part of my family history and I loved digging into it.

Did you include a real historical character or incident in your story?

I actually included two: Theodore Roosevelt and Emma Goldman. I also included (quite fictionally) the Republican National Convention in Chicago in August 1912.  I studied the convention and all of its minutes with a lot of depth although, of course, put my own fictional spin on it.

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

I would love to set a book during the American Revolution.  Especially during the time of the Boston Tea party. I love that part of history and I love the Canadian (British) connection. I have dappled with this quite a bit.  Readers of the Herringford and Watts series will learn I am quite passionate about the history of journalism and the journalism of this time period and its printing presses (and the influence of both) are a huge passion of mine.

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Questions about Rachel’s Reading

Which book got you hooked on reading Christian Historicals?

Vienna Prelude by Bodie Thoene is the first Christian fiction book I read. I was ten. I became hooked on CBA fiction and knew I wanted to publish it one day. A few years ago, I went on a solo trip to Austria and just tracked down all the John and Elisa sites.

Who is your favorite Christian Historical hero?  

Dr. Neil MacNeill from Christy. I love how he challenges Christy to confront her faith and to assess and validate her own opinions.

Which was the last Christian Historical Novel you read, and what was your favorite thing about it?

Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin.  Lynn Austin is one of my all-time favourite writers and I was so happy to receive an advanced copy. I think what I love most about Austin’s books is that they encourage you to accept that God uses all manner of people.  Her heroines always validate me as a woman who has never quite felt that she fit into a traditional woman’s role. There is room for Marys and Marthas; but also Deborahs and Esthers.

Rachel is giving away a copy of her book (Paperback – US OR CANADA) and I’m giving away winner’s choice of any of the books mentioned above. Enter the Rafflecopter below!

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This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick

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This Road We Traveled

1846 – Oregon

When Tabitha Brown’s son makes the fateful decision to leave Missouri and strike out for Oregon, she refuses to be left behind. Despite her son’s concerns, Tabitha hires her own wagon to join the party. Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings. But family ties are stronger than fear.

The trials they face along the way will severely test Tabitha’s faith, courage, and ability to hope. With her family’s survival on the line, she must make the ultimate sacrifice, plunging deeper into the wilderness to seek aid. What she couldn’t know was how this frightening journey would impact how she understood her own life–and the greater part she had to play in history.

With her signature attention to detail and epic style, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites readers to travel the deadly and enticing Oregon Trail. Based on actual events, This Road We Traveled will inspire the pioneer in all of us.

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A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson

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A Love Transformed

1916 – Montana

When Clara Vesper’s husband, Adolph, dies suddenly, Clara is stunned–but not grief-stricken. Her marriage to Adolph had been arranged, their primary interaction revolving around the sapphire jewelry Clara designed and Adolph produced and sold. Widowed and penniless, with two small children, Clara decides to return to her aunt and uncle’s ranch in Montana, the only place she has ever been happy.

Curtis Billingham, injured in a sapphire mine collapse, is recuperating at the ranch of his friends, Paul and Madeline Sersland. But when the Serslands’ niece returns from New York City, Curtis curses both his broken body and his broken past. Clara, the love of his life, has come back to him, but he is no longer worthy of her love.

Clara’s brother-in-law Otto Vesper, Adolph’s business partner, fears that the loss of Clara’s design skills will doom the company’s prospects. Following her to Montana, Otto is prepared to do whatever it takes to get Clara to return with him to New York.

As Clara fights for love and freedom, a dangerous secret in her late husband’s life comes to light, threatening everyone she loves.

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Daughter of the Nile by Jill Eileen Smith

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Daughter of the Nile

BC – Israel

Explore with me the exotic world of ancient Egypt and ponder the dilemma Siti faces when she leaves her homeland, her family, and the worship of her many gods, to live in Jerusalem where only Yahweh is worshiped. Can Siti leave her favorite goddess Bastet behind? Will she ever make sense of this land, it’s strange worship of one God, and a husband who is as wise and ever-changing as the wind? What must it have been like for a foreigner to marry the famous Israelite King? Come…imagine with me…

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Mary, Chosen of God by Diana Wallis Taylor

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Mary, Chosen of God

BC – Israel

Mary is ordinary girl from Nazareth. She helps her mother with household chores, she daydreams about a handsome carpenter’s son named Joseph, and at night she lies on the roof and contemplates at the stars. But one evening, a heavenly visitor comes with unexpected news, and her life is changed forever.

Experience the life of the Messiah from the perspective of his mother, who must place her trust and obedience in Adonai, the Most High, as he fulfills centuries of anticipation in the middle of her daily life. Walk with Mary as she witnesses Yeshua grow, mature, minister, and even crucified, and then raised again, to the kindling of her new faith.

A Rancher of Convenience by Regina Scott

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A Rancher of Convenience

1895 – Texas

Sweet mail-order bride Nancy Bennett can’t believe it when her husband is exposed as a cattle rustler—and killed. And when the banker holding the ranch’s mortgage questions whether she can run the ranch on her own, the pregnant widow has nowhere to turn. Until steady foreman Hank Snowden proposes marriage… 

Racked with grief about his role in Lucas Bennett’s death, Hank resolves to do right by the man’s wife and child. So it’s natural for him to step in as Nancy’s newly minted husband. But the marriage of convenience may become more than a mere obligation…if only Hank and his bride can brave the first steps toward elusive true love.

Texas Cinderella by Winnie Griggs

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Texas Cinderella

1898 – Texas

After a life of drudgery on her family’s farm, Cassie Lynn Vickers relishes her freedom working in town as a paid companion for feisty Mrs. Flanagan. When her father suddenly demands she come home, she has no choice. Unless she can find a husband. If only she could convince handsome town newcomer Riley Walker to marry her… 

Riley is on the run. He’s desperate to keep his niece and nephew safe from his crooked half brother. But a delay in Turnabout, Texas, shows him everything he didn’t know he was missing: home, family—and Cassie Lynn. Can he find a way to become her Prince Charming…and build a real family with the children and Cassie Lynn?

A Mother in the Making by Gabrielle Meyer

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A Mother in the Making

1918 – Minnesota

Practical, steady, levelheaded: all qualities single father Dr. John Orton expects in both a governess and a wife. But his children’s temporary governess Miss Marjorie Maren seems set on finding him an impractical woman to love…despite his plans of marrying solely for convenience. Nothing could be more exasperating to the handsome widower—except his increasing interest in Marjorie. 

Vivacious and fun-loving: that’s the kind of bride the reserved doctor needs. Before Marjorie leaves to pursue her acting dreams, she intends to match him with a suitable wife candidate. Yet growing affection for her four charges and their dashing father has awakened a new hope—that she might be his perfect bride. But can she convince her employer to take a chance on love and claim real happiness before it slips away?

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