On This Foundation by Lynn Austin

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On This Foundation

473 BC – Persia

When news reaches him that Jerusalem’s wall is shattered and its gates burned with fire, a distraught Nehemiah seeks God’s guidance in fasting and prayer. Granted an unexpected leave from his duty as cupbearer to the Persian king Artaxerxes, Nehemiah sets out for Jerusalem to rebuild the city wall–never anticipating all the dangers that await him on his arrival.

The leaders of the surrounding nations become his fierce enemies, plotting to assassinate him and stop the wall’s reconstruction forever. A drought, meanwhile, has left the country impoverished, with many families resorting to selling their children as bondservants just to keep from starving.

Capturing the rebuilding of the wall through the eyes of a number of characters, On This Foundation is the powerful conclusion to The Restoration Chronicles. This exploration of faith in the midst of oppression offers hope that, in spite of appearances, the gracious hand of God is upon those who believe.

That First Montana Year by Donna L Scofield

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1881 – Montana

When B’Anne (Beatrice Anne) marries Will, she knows he is a reluctant groom. But she’s a minister’s daughter and pregnant. To save embarrassment for the families, and hoping a fresh start will help them become the sweethearts they were before, B’Anne agrees to leave everyone and everything she knows and go with Will to the Montana Territory. They hope Will’s uncle Hiram, whom he has never met, will guide them in their homesteading. Uncle Hiram welcomes Will, but treats B’Anne coolly until he realizes she isn’t a “frills and furbelows” girl.

Although Will seems to care for B’Anne, she loses her confidence when she discovers a letter from Will’s former sweetheart. Will’s secrecy threatens to build a wall between them.

Spring arrives, and with it the promise of renewal. But is B’Anne’s hope for a fresh start enough to sustain the young couple through the years of hard living under that big Montana sky?

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Never Broken by Kathleen Fuller

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Never Broken

1840’s – Ireland

Previously published under the same title ten years ago, but since revised. This book is the first in a three-book series and does not wrap up all the story threads in the first book. While some threads are completed, some continue on into the second book. The series is a continuation, and comes to its completion on all story threads at the end of book three.

Rory O’Leary, orphaned then raised by wealthy relatives, is summoned home for a family wedding. While there, he has a chance meeting with Shannon Cahill, a young peasant woman. Although their stations in life couldn’t be more different, they are immediately drawn to each other. After a brief meeting in a rose garden they can neither forget, they go their separate ways.

When Rory’s uncle passes away, his cousin William, who inherits the estate, cuts off all funds to Rory and his brother and has them removed from the only home they know. Rory feels his best option is to leave Ireland.

Meanwhile, Shannon and her family have fallen on hard times due to a potato famine. Her ailing parents scrape together funds and insist that Shannon and her sister immigrate to America. Shannon fears she’ll never again see the man who stole her heart in the rose garden.

As both Rory and Shannon set about to start new lives away from their beloved Ireland, God intervenes and weaves together a cord that can never be broken.

 

Hang Your Heart on Christmas by Heather Blanton

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1890s – Wyoming

He wants justice–some say revenge. She wants peace. A deep betrayal may deny them everything.

As punishment for a botched arrest, U.S. Marshal “Dent” Hernandez is temporarily remanded to the quiet little town of Evergreen, Wyoming. Not only does his hometown hold some bad memories, but he is champing at the bit to go after vicious killers, not waste his time scolding candy thieves. And he most certainly should not be escorting the very pretty, but jittery, schoolteacher around. What is she so afraid of? Turns out, a lot of folks are keeping secrets in Evergreen. 

An old-fashioned Western, Hang Your Heart on Christmas reads like an episode of Gunsmoke or Bonanza. Packed with drama, a tantalizing mystery, and a heartwarming romance, you’ll come back to read this lawman’s story, again and again–a story you’d expect to see on the the Hallmark Channel but one with a mystery worthy of Longmire.

Valley of Decision by Lynne Gentry

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Valley Decision

Time Travel – 3rd Century Carthage

Every choice has a consequence in the explosive conclusion to the Carthage Chronicles as Lisbeth returns to third-century Carthage for a thrilling final adventure.

Thirteen years ago, Lisbeth made an impossible decision—leave third-century Carthage and her husband Cyprian behind for good. She knew it was to protect her daughter Maggie, so Lisbeth gathered the strength to move on with her life.

All these years, Lisbeth has thrown herself into her work and raising her headstrong daughter, all to live up to the promise she made to Cyprian. But Maggie is sick of being protected. In an act of teenage rebellion Maggie decides to do what her mother can’t—secretly returning to the third century on a quest to bring her father back, leaving Lisbeth no choice but to follow.

With Maggie’s surprise arrival in Carthage, chaos ensues. She finds her grandmother on trial for murder and attempts to save her, but instead the diversion sparks a riot that nearly destroys the plagued city. Only one thing will appease the wrath of the new proconsul of Carthage: the death of the instigator.

Will Lisbeth arrive in time to save her daughter from the clutches of Rome? How can God possibly redeem such a slew of unwise decisions and deep regrets? Filled with heart-wrenching twists and riveting action, Valley of Decision brings the romantic adventure epic, The Carthage Chronicles, to an electrifying conclusion.

Love’s Every Whisper by Naomi Rawlings

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Love’s Every Whisper

1883 – Michigan

Victoria Donnelly is, as always, a failure. With five years of failed courtships behind her and the calendar inching closer to another birthday, Victoria’s determined to redeem herself and snag a proposal from a wealthy childhood acquaintance, Gilbert Sinclair. But returning to Eagle Harbor stirs up long forgotten memories. And worse, old affection for her betrothed’s enemy.

Elijah Cummings has loved Victoria for fifteen years. But fishermen’s sons don’t marry shipping barons’ daughters. He knows it. She knows it. The entire town knows it. Resolved to keep his distance from Victoria, Elijah focuses on establishing a much needed life-saving station, risking his own life by rescuing sailors stuck aboard shipwrecks.

He knows how to save drowning sailors, but how is he to save a woman from the biggest mistake of her life—without destroying both their hearts in the process?

Ashes to Ashes by Mel Starr

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1369 – England

Master Hugh, Kate, and their children attend the Midsummer’s Eve fire. Next morning early Hugh hears the passing bell ring from the Church of St. Beornwald, and moments later is summoned. Tenants collecting the ashes to spread upon their fields have found burned bones. Master Hugh learns of several men of Bampton and nearby villages who have gone missing recently. Most are soon found, some alive, some dead. Master Hugh eventually learns that the bones are those of a bailiff from a nearby manor. Someone has slain him and placed his body in the fire to destroy evidence of murder. Bailiffs are not popular men; they dictate labour service, collect rents, and enforce other obligations. Has this bailiff died at the hand of some angry tenant? Hugh soon discovers this is not the case. There is quite another reason for murder …

 

Sarah’s Smile by Dawn Kinzer

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Sarah’s Smile

1902 – Wisconsin

In 1902, Sarah McCall is waiting to leave for the mission field when the man she once loved steps back into her life. Abandoned as a child by her mother and gambler father, she strives to overcome a tarnished history she didn’t create and a heartbreak she can’t forget.

Peter Caswell returns to his Wisconsin hometown a pastor, dedicated to his four-year-old daughter and new congregation. But no matter how hard he tries to move on with his life, he can’t forgive himself for his wife’s death.

When Sarah learns that Peter is returning to Riverton, the letter giving her departure date for Africa can’t come soon enough for her. They were best friends—she loved him and supported his dreams—but he married another and broke her heart. Although ten years have passed since he left Riverton, Peter hopes Sarah still cares enough to give him a second chance. But a charming newcomer pursues her affections—and Sarah’s childhood nemesis manipulates her way into Peter’s life. Will Sarah and Peter find their way to forgiveness and each other, or will past mistakes make a life together impossible?

Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman

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Chivalrous

1217 – England

Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers. However, that is not an option for her, not even in the Arthurian-inspired Eden where she dwells. Her parents view her only as a marriage pawn, and her domineering father is determined to see her wed to a brutish man who will break her spirit. 

When handsome, good-hearted Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, Gwendolyn spies in him the sort of fellow she could imagine marrying. Yet fate seems determined to keep them apart. Tournaments, intrigue, and battles–along with twists and turns aplenty–await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies.

Author Interview and Giveaway – The Lost Heiress – Roseanna M White

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I have this book on my bedside table right now! I haven’t started it because, well life, but it’s waiting for me! Maybe you’ll put it on your bedside table too, maybe even win it through the giveaway below!

PLUS – Roseanna is holding a special giveaway for her release, including a beautiful necklace Roseanna made herself! Make sure you check it out.

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The Lost Heiress

1911 – England

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close–but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of
the very rare treasure in her possession–and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.

 

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Questions about Roseanna’s Story

What inspired your story?

The first week of 7th grade, I decided I was going to write a novel—and finish it, unlike all those others I’d started. I’d recently fallen in love with historical fiction thanks to Lori Wick’s books, so naturally I decided it had to be a historical romance—never mind the fact that I was only 12 and had certainly never been in love, LOL. Over the course of the next year and a half, I wrote Golden Sunset, Silver Tear…a story of a girl raised as a princess in a small kingdom, but who was really the daughter of English nobility. The story of a girl who unwittingly carried her parents’ secrets with her all the years she was away—and who then had to find the truth about their deaths when finally she came home as a young woman to the land of her birth. Fast-forward 20 years, and most everything about that book had been rewritten a gazillion times, until we ended up with The Lost Heiress—a story about a girl raised as an illegitimate daughter to a prince of Monaco, who then learned she was the heiress to a Yorkshire earl…and who had unwittingly carried the secrets of her mother’s death with her all those years. That kernel has remained the same—while absolutely everything else has changed, LOL.

(Melissa says: Oh my, it was 7th grade when I read my first Lori Wick, and well, I didn’t write until I was in my late 20s, but she’s the reason I’m in love with Historical Romance too!)

What character in your book turned out to be your favorite?

Love this question!!! My favorite character turned out to be one who hadn’t existed in any of the previous drafts of the book—Brook’s father, Lord Whitby. Originally I’d meant for both her parents to have been killed, but for the purposes of her inheritance, I finally decided it made more sense to have her father still alive…which then gave me a whole plotline I’d never had before, of Brook reunited with and getting to know the man who had been searching for her for eighteen years. I absolutely adore Whitby, who has that dry British charm I find so amusing. And when I told my editors that he was a new addition, they looked at me like I was insane—because really, how did this story ever exist without him?? I have no idea.

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

That would have to be my big middle-twist in chapter 17…which is also The First Kiss. =) In the editing process, some revisions to the pacing of the love story made one of the editorial team suggest getting rid of this, but I just couldn’t—I changed everything else about the romance, but not that! LOL. This is a kiss, but it’s more—it’s Brook being typically-Brook and running headlong into a dangerous situation just to resolve a disagreement. It’s Justin battling with his demons. It’s stolen cars and injuries and…just yeah. The moment where everything between them changes, and there’s no going back. The End of an Era, as they come to think of it. And the beginning of something altogether new.

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Questions about Roseanna’s Reading

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

There are quite a few Edwardian-set book out right now! The ones I’m eager to get my hands on are Carrie Turansky’s Edwardian Brides series.

Which book got you hooked on reading Christian Historicals?

Definitely Lori Wick’s Kensington Chronicles. I devoured her books as a teen, as well as those by Stephanie Whitson, Tracie Peterson, and Linda Chaikin. But I guess even before those were L. M. Montgomery’s books. Not historical fiction, per se—they were contemporary when they were written. But reading them now gave me a glimpse into the historical world that made me never want to leave it.

What Christian Historical Novel in your To Be Read pile is begging you to make time to plop down with it right now?

Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman. She’s my critique partner, so I’ve read most of her books, but not this one yet. Very excited to dive in and read about her would-be female knight!

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