An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

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Medieval – Fictitious Country

Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice–if Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the convent is the best place after all. If only one of the knights–the one who appears the most guilty–had not already captured her heart.

Author Interview – Sword of Forgiveness – Debbie Lynne Costello

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I’m excited to introduce you to Debbie Lynne Costello today because I certainly don’t think there are enough Medieval Christian books out there! (I love castles and knights 🙂 Make sure you enter the giveaway at the end of the interview!

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After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.

     Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.

 

Questions about Debbie Lynne’s Story

 If you could be one of your characters, who would you choose to be and why?

I’d choose to by Royce. (Just for your information, I have no desire to be a man! But I love his spiritual arc).  Royce struggles with being forgiven. He doesn’t feel worthy. All he sees is his past failings and how they have hurt people. I love how he wants to be a good person but he does it for the wrong reasons. And then God opens Royce’s eyes and heart and he not only sees real forgiveness but accepts it.

Were there any historical facts that you discovered in your research that made you change something in your story?

Yes, while researching I learned more about John Wycliffe and his Lollards. The history behind Wycliffe and his dedicated followers was fascinating and not something I’d heard much about. As I researched more about the Lollards, I discovered that they believed that every man and woman should hear the word of God and sought to get God’s word to the people. That gave me the basis for Pater.

What research book or website used to write this book was your favorite to peruse?

Joseph and Frances Gies have several wonderful books when researching medieval topics. I used several of their books, Life in a Medieval Castle, Life in a Medieval Village, and Daily Life in Medieval Times.  I used Marriage and the Family in the Medieval Ages by Gies to write the wedding scene along with the words that were used for the ceremony.

Question about Debbie Lynne’s Reading

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

Melanie Dickerson sets her stories in Medieval times, although most of hers are not set in England, she, like me, likes to have intrigue and danger included in her stories like The Princess Spy and her upcoming release The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest.

Which book got you hooked on reading Christian Historicals?

Wow, you are going to make me go back a few years here. I read a lot as a teenager, but then marriage and young children took so much of my time that reading other than my bible went to the wayside.  I was taking my daughter and her best friend to see my parents who lived 12 hours away and my daughter and her friend took turns reading to me to keep me awake. They read to me The Sword of Truth by Gilbert Morris.  I fell in love with the characters and the castles and everything historical. I was hooked.

If your job was to sell one author’s historical fiction (besides your own) which author’s wares would you want to peddle?

MaryLu Tyndall. There is never a dull moment in MaryLu’s books not to mention I love her heroes! They are all so flawed and yet so wonderful. I enjoyed her stories with danger around every corner so much that it really influenced that aspect of my writing. The Redemption, The Reliance, The Restitution, and The Ransom all are great page turners. And I can’t wait for her next installment in  Legacy of the King’s Pirates Series!

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The Daddy List by Dewanna Pace

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1868 – Texas

Discovering her daughter is holding bank patrons hostage to interview daddy candidates sends widow Daisy Trumbo running to intervene. But when real bank robbers take advantage of the fake stickup, the hero of the day is Bass Parker—the man Daisy blames for her husband’s death. Yet duty compels her to care for him as he recovers from his injuries. 

Bass is determined to make amends to the widow and child of the fallen soldier who took his place on the battlefield. But he slowly finds himself feeling more than obligation to this independent woman and her spirited little girl. Their happiness hinges on Daisy’s forgiveness, but can she let go of the past?

After a Fashion by Jen Turano

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After a Fashion

1882 – New York

Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.

Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can’t make her fashionable. She’ll never truly fit into Oliver’s world, but just as she’s ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

A Heart’s Disguise by Colleen Coble

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Late 1860s – Indiana

In the celebratory mood of the recently-ended Civil War, Sarah discovers her betrothed has been keeping a devastating secret.

While the tiny town of Wabash, Indiana, celebrates the end of the fighting, Sara Montgomery attends the parties, but inside she’s fighting a deep sadness. The love of Sara’s life, Rand Campbell, didn’t come back from the front.

So her brother and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to another man—despite her misgivings. When Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive—and that her fiancé Ben Croftner knew it—she indignantly breaks off their engagement.

Croftner doesn’t take rejection lightly—and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. He abducts Sarah, his intentions anything but honorable. Then Rand comes to her aid . . . only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and asks her to go with him as his wife.

Will Sarah leave her dying father’s side for the only man she’s ever loved? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?

A Harvest of Hope by Lauraine Snelling

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A Harvest of Hope

1905 – North Dakota

Miriam Hastings has her future plans in place…
But Trygve Knutson is intent on changing them.

Just a few short weeks into her year-long training at the Blessing Hospital, Miriam Hastings is called home to Chicago, where her mother is gravely ill. With siblings to care for, Miriam pleads to be allowed to finish her training in Chicago. Her nursing supervisor grants her a brief reprieve but extracts a promise that Miriam will return to Blessing and fulfill her one-year commitment.

While in Chicago, Miriam has tried to get Trygve Knutson and Blessing out of her mind, but his letters make that impossible. Trygve is busy building a house, hoping he can convince Miriam to return to North Dakota and marry him. Torn between Trygve’s love and her family’s needs, she doesn’t know what to do.

When Miriam finally returns to Blessing, she buries herself in her work. But no matter how hard she tries to put it off, she has some life-changing decisions to make about her future, her family… and the man who is never far from her thoughts.

What will it take to convince her to stay?

Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello

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1398 – England

When her father died, she had promised herself no man would own her again, yet who could defy an edict of the king?

After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.

Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.

Romancing the Schoolteacher by Mary Davis

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1887 – Washington

Escaping her father’s unreasonable demands, Bridget flees to a remote mining town far from all she knows. To her surprise, her schoolhouse becomes her refuge. When a new family arrives in town, Bridget feels a special bond with the two adorable children—and their handsome widowed father. 

Lindley Thompson is on a mission he can’t reveal to anyone, let alone the lovely schoolteacher who’s caught his eye. His children are flourishing under Bridget’s maternal touch, and Lindley’s heart is healing, too. But when their carefully hidden secrets come to light, will true love be enough to overcome all obstacles?

The Shepherd’s Betrothal by Lynn Coleman

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1871 – Florida

HOPE LANG BELIEVES IN LOVE… Not an arranged marriage to a man she’s never met. Hope scorns such old-fashioned ideas, until she meets the man she once refused as her groom. Soon she’s falling for the rugged yet caring Irishman. 

Ian McGrae’s determined to make a success of his new Florida homestead—not grapple with the woman who rejected him. But when the ownership of his land is disputed, Hope works by his side to uncover the threat. As Ian gets to know Hope, he finds she’s his perfect match. And if they can forgive and forget the past, they just might have a future together.

Spy of Richmond by Jocelyn Green

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1863 – Virginia

Compelled to atone for the sins of her slave holding father, Union loyalist Sophie Kent risks everything to help end the war from within the Confederate capital and abolish slavery forever. But she can’t do it alone.

Former slave Bella Jamison sacrifices her freedom to come to Richmond, where her Union soldier husband is imprisoned, and her twin sister still lives in bondage in Sophie’s home. Though it may cost them their lives, they work with Sophie to betray Rebel authorities. Harrison Caldwell, a Northern freelance journalist who escorts Bella to Richmond, infiltrates the War Department as a clerk-but is conscripted to defend the city’s fortifications.

As Sophie’s spy network grows, she walks a tightrope of deception, using her father’s position as newspaper editor and a suitor’s position in the ordinance bureau for the advantage of the Union. One misstep could land her in prison, or worse. Suspicion hounds her until she barely even trusts herself. When her espionage endangers the people she loves, she makes a life-and-death gamble.

Will she follow her convictions even though it costs her everything-and everyone-she holds dear?