The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

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The Painter’s Daughter

1815 – England

Sophie Dupont assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. In private, she paints the picturesque north Devon coast, popular with artists–including handsome Wesley Overtree, who seems more interested in Sophie than the landscape.

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother Wesley’s responsibilities. Near the end of his leave, he is sent to find his brother and bring him home. Upon reaching Devonshire, however, Stephen is stunned to learn Wesley has sailed for Italy and left his host’s daughter in serious trouble.

Stephen feels duty-bound to act, and strangely protective of the young lady, who somehow seems familiar. Wanting to make some recompense for his own past failings as well as his brother’s, Stephen proposes to Miss Dupont. He does not offer love, but marriage “in name only” to save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he fears, she will at least be a respectable widow.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie finds herself torn between her first love and this brooding man she barely knows. Dare she wait for Wesley to return? Or should she elope with the captain and pray she doesn’t come to regret it?

At Love’s Bidding by Regina Jennings

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1870s – Missouri

She Sells Priceless Antiques.

He Sells Livestock by the Pound.

Is He Really The Man to Make a Bid for Her Heart?

 After helping her grandfather at their Boston auction house, Miranda Wimplegate discovers she’s accidentally sold a powerful family’s prized portrait to an anonymous bidder. Desperate to appease the people who could ruin them forever, they track it to the Missouri Ozarks and make an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house and all its holdings before the painting can move again. 

 Upon crossing the country, however, Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn’t deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt Ballentine, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don’t know a thing about the business he’s single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count—but no mysterious painting—Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to keep a bad situation from getting worse.

A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

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A Thousand Shall Fall

 1864 – Virginia

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off–only to find she’s fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they’re all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally–and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.

The Calling of Ella McFarland by Linda Brooks Davis

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The Calling of Ella McFarland

1905 – Oklahoma

Ella McFarland’s dream is a teaching position at Worthington School for Girls. But scandal clouds her family name and may limit her to a life of grueling farm labor in the Indian Territory. Her fate lies in the hands of the Worthington board, and there happens to be one strikingly handsome man with a vote. Will they overlook the illegitimate son recently borne by her sister, Viola?

1905 brings hope of Oklahoma statehood and the woman’s suffrage debate is raging, forcing Ella to make decisions about her faith, family, and aspirations. When she comes to the rescue of a young, abused sharecropper’s daughter, her calling begins to take shape in ways she never imagined. Education is Ella’s passion, but a new love is budding in her heart. Can she find God’s will amidst the tumultuous storm that surrounds her?

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

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The Golden Braid

Medieval – Germany

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

Safe in a Stranger’s Heart by Angel Moore

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Safe in a Stranger’s Heart

1875 – Texas

Mail-order bride and recent widow from a loveless marriage, Ruby Humphreys, doesn’t know what to expect when she steps from the stagecoach in River Bend, Texas. She is stunned to find herself at the funeral for Jason Winters’ mother as soon as she arrives. His mother was the reason Jason had asked her to come. Jason knows it wouldn’t be fair to marry Ruby now, but his noble character won’t let him rescind his offer when she admits she has no place to go. They agree to a marriage based on friendship, but soon find themselves building a home filled with laughter and the hope of a blossoming love. Will a secret from her past destroy their newfound love?

Robin by Julane Hiebert

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Robin

1877 – Kansas

In 1877 the Wenghold sisters inherited an overwhelming debt with their father’s passing. An uncle they’ve never met offers a solution—come help on his Kansas cattle ranch. The oldest sister, Robin, agrees to go.

Ty Morgan has suffered through a year of misery after being jilted by the town beauty a few months before their wedding. But a tornado whirls an unexpected breath of hope into his heart when he rescues Robin, his neighbor’s newly arrived niece, and a small boy who was orphaned by the storm.

Robin’s crippled leg prevents her from being a real help to Uncle John, but she seems to be exactly who Ty needs to heal his broken heart. Until his former fiancée returns and a mysterious, elusive stranger casts worry over the entire community.

A woman determined to honor her obligations, a man entangled in a long ago-made commitment, an orphaned child in need of security . . . Can God guide these three souls to peace and fulfillment together?

Author Interview and Giveaway – Naomi Rawlings – Love’s Sure Dawn

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I just love this cover in this series! Don’t you? Not only does this book feature the woman always wearing trousers in Eagle Harbor from the first book, but Naomi redeems the bad guy, making him into an excellent hero. Let’s get to the interview.

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Love’s Sure Dawn

No matter how hard she tries to help, Rebekah Cummings always ends up causing more problems than she solves. This time, though, things will be different. She’ll find a way to pay her family’s debts, even if doing so requires leaving Eagle Harbor. Maybe then they’ll start treating her as a capable woman who makes her own choices.

Gilbert Sinclair is going to marry an heiress. With his latest business venture sunk at the bottom of Lake Superior, he needs money to replace the steamship he lost, so he heads to Chicago where his father’s business connections should land him a suitable wife. Like most things in his meticulously planned life, everything goes as expected—until he discovers Rebekah Cummings working as the new cook on his ship.

Rebekah well remembers the pain she endured the last time she tried trusting Gilbert, and Gilbert can’t afford to pursue the love of a working class woman. But they can’t stop the forgotten feelings swirling between them—or ignore the sacrifices they’d both have to make for a future together.

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Questions about Naomi’s Story

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

The chemistry between the hero and heroine. Rebekah and Gilbert both have small roles in Love’s Every Whisper, the preceding book in my Eagle Harbor Series. If you’ve read that book, you know Rebekah Cummings never picks the easy way to do anything. She has a way of creating sparks wherever she goes, whether she wants to or not. In many ways, her confidence and fearlessness is ahead the period in which she lives, and she was a really fun character to write because of it. Also, she provides an excellent contrast to Victoria, the heroine from Love’s Every Whisper, who struggles with her confidence and self-esteem.

What was the hardest part of your book to write?

The part near the end where everything blew up. I thought I knew what I wanted to do and that it would work out well, but when my critique partner read it, she came away saying “Everything is wrong and I don’t believe any of this.” So I rewrote, and rewrote, and rewrote more. The rewrite turned out much better than what I originally had, so I’m pleased, and I think readers will be too.

What research did you have to look up to make your character’s professional decisions authentic?

Cranes, believe it or not. Gilbert Sinclair is supposed to be a businessman, but his love of engineering keeps getting in the way of the business plans his father has for him. Gilbert spends most of the novel trying to go around his father and find a way to put into production a shipping crane that he invented. So I had to do enough research on cranes to make it seem like Gilbert knows what he’s talking about.

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Questions about Naomi’s Reading

What other Christian Historical Novels are similar to yours in setting or storyline?

That’s a good question. Jody Hedlund is probably very similar to me, both in setting and storyline. She’s written several books set in Michigan, and her newest novel Undaunted Hope, is actually set in the same historical Michigan town on Lake Superior as my Eagle Harbor Series.

The one difference between us is Jody puts villains in her novels who usually cause trouble for evil reasons and purposely try to hurt others in her stories. I usually don’t have purely bad villains in my novels. I lean more towards having characters want two different things and so they end up fighting, but the characters themselves often aren’t all bad. For example Gilbert Sinclair is the antagonist to Rebekah’s brother, Elijah Cummings, in Love’s Every Whisper. But Gilbert is the type of character that could then go on to have his own story because his actions and motives were understandable, even if they set him against the hero of the previous novel. But if readers like Jody Hedlund’s novels, then it’s pretty safe to say they’d like mine too.

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

Fire and Ice by Mary Conneally. It’s been a while since I read a Mary Conneally novel. She has a certain trademark with and hilarity to her novels, and so reading Fire and Ice was like a breath of fresh air, simply because her writing is so different. I laughed the whole way through that novel.

What Christian Historical Novel are you most excited to read that hasn’t yet come out?

Well, I’ll claim author privilege, so even though not all the novels have released yet, I’ve read them all since I know the author. But Roseanna White’s Ladies of the Manor Series is excellent. The Lost Heiress is out now, and The Reluctant Duchess is coming out next, and both are great books. The series has a bit of suspense that runs the whole way through, so while each novel is a separate romance, trouble follows the characters through all three books.

What was the last Christian Historical Novel whose characters stayed in your head days after you finished reading it?

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden. Honestly the hero wasn’t a super likable, swoon-worthy hero. But his dedication to fight tuberculosis and the sacrifices he was willing to make stayed with me for a long time.

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Love’s Sure Dawn by Naomi Rawlings

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Love’s Sure Dawn

1883 – Michigan and Illinois

No matter how hard she tries to help, Rebekah Cummings always ends up causing more problems than she solves. This time, though, things will be different. She’ll find a way to pay her family’s debts, even if doing so requires leaving Eagle Harbor. Maybe then they’ll finally accept her.

Gilbert Sinclair is going to marry an heiress. With his latest business venture sunk at the bottom of Lake Superior, he needs money to replace the steamship he lost, so he heads to Chicago where his father’s business connections should land him a suitable wife. Like most things in his meticulously planned life, everything goes as expected—until he discovers Rebekah Cummings working as the new cook on his ship.

Though forgotten feelings might swirl between Rebekah and Gilbert, so do the storms of expectation. Gilbert can’t afford to pursue a working class woman—no matter how badly he might want to. And Rebekah well remembers the pain she endured the last time Gilbert broke her heart. Should she step aside and watch him marry a stranger for nothing more than money…or can she convince him he deserves so much more?

Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelly Gray

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Whispers in the Reading Room

1890s – Illinois

Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.

Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.

Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.

Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be.