This story had my attention from the first chapter and held that interest through the final page. I love stories set in this time period, when the country was trying to rebuild their homes and hearts following the Civil War. Miranda’s heartbreaking situation left me wishing I could be her friend. I so wanted to stand up for her when everyone else was turning against her. Fortunately, Robert sweeps in and handles the job beautifully. 😉
Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!
Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four young children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events.
This historical novel really takes the reader back in time as we follow the story along the Oregon Trail. The journey is long and hard for these characters, but their travels are also life-changing and full of God’s mercies. It becomes an epic journey for the readers just as much.
The book follows three generations of women in the Brown family – each unique in their own way, but equally memorable. The grandma, Tabby Brown, stands out throughout the story as the rock of the family. She’s headstrong and stubborn, but she also has a heart for the Lord and her kids. She has many wise words throughout their journey west and proves to be a guide of sorts for her wandering family members.
Voni Harris has never not been writing stories. Her mother was a magazine and newspaper editor who taught her the value of red ink, and even taught her at a very young age how to submit for publication. However, Voni was sidetracked by competitive speech and debate and went on to earn a degree in Radio/Television from Drake University, where she spent eighteen months in a radio copywriting internship. It was an epiphany to discover that it was the writing part of Radio/Television that she loved. She homeschooled her daughter from preschool through high school, then returned to her love of storytelling, with a side of tutoring. Voni has been published in two short-story collections, Heart-Stirring Stories of Romance, (Linda Shepherd, editor) and Spiritual Citizens, athttp://drawneartochrist.com (Kim Bond, editor). Nothing Hidden won the 2013 ACFW First Impressions contest, and RWA’s 2015 Daphne DuMaurier contest.
I know this is a fictional story, but it read more like a diary of these two fascinating women. Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray both lived in real life and they certainly lived vibrantly inside the pages of this book. Told in first person, the book sweeps readers through several decades alongside Mary and Selina. I loved the way the historical facts were woven around the fictional parts. It felt very real and realistic to me, almost like I’d stepped back in time myself.
The various settings were rich and colorful, especially Arlington. By the end of the book, I found myself as sentimental and attached to the home as Mary was herself. I hope to visit there in person some day.
Jane is inter-nationally recognized for her lively presentations and well-researched stories that encourage and inspire. Her works have appeared in more than 50 publications including Decision, Private Pilot and Daily Guideposts. Jane is the author of over 25 books including historical novels. Many of her titles are based on the lives of real people or incidents set authentically in the American West. Her first novel, A Sweetness to the Soul, won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy, Spur, Oregon Book Award, WILLA Literary Award and Reader’s Choice awards. Several of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. Follow this link to see other awards that Jane has won.
Angela D. Meyer, author of The Applewood Hill Series, lives in NE with her husband of 24 years and their high school daughter. Their son serves our country in the Marines. Angela enjoys hanging out with her family, reading, connecting with friends and encouraging women to grow in their faith. One of her dream spots to vacation is next to the ocean and someday she wants to ride in a hot air balloon.
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Hi! I'm Savanna An aspiring author
& freelance writer.
Redeemed by sovereign love.
A busy gardener most days.
A blessed housewife every day.
The Missouri Ozarks is my home;
Civil War history, my passion.
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