Hello everyone! For the start of the new year, there is a new series happening on Just Commonly. What is it, you ask? Just Commonly welcome authors to drop by and share with us their take on a book that embodies a predetermined Word of the Month! For the full year of 2017, every Monday, a new post by a new author will be posted!
For the month of January, the words are New Beginnings, and we welcome Carrie Fancett Pagels!
Most of my own books this past year are about new beginnings. Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter (Pelican, June 2016) has a young Frenchwoman escaping Versailles for the Palatinate of Germany, who goes on to the American colonies with a sigh-worthy hero. In Tea Shop Folly (Forget Me Not Romances, August 2016), Lilly goes from a harshly impoverished life in Kentucky to inheriting a home, a carriage and horses, and cupboards chock-a- block-full with teacups! In Requilted with Love in the ECPA bestseller The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection (Barbour, October 2016), heroine Sarah Richmond has lost two fiancés but gets another chance at love at the Michigan State Fair of 1889. BUT, this historical romance writer’s heart was really struck by the NEW BEGINNING for Liz Johnson’s contemporary romance heroine in The Red Door Inn (Revell, February 2016). Talk about a new start. This young woman has been assaulted, betrayed by her own father, taken off with almost nothing in her pocket and yet finds a grieving elderly widower with a vision and his handsome, but sandpaperish, nephew who would like to detail her journey. I loved, loved, loved this story!!! One of my favorite books of the past decade and on my Best of 2016 list! Here’s a link to my review.
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|#1: The Red Door Inn
By Liz Johnson / Revell
The Red Door Inn #1, in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, by Liz Johnson
A chance meeting…a kind offer...sometimes strangers come into our lives for a reason. Now Jack Sloane may be able to fulfill his promise to his wife, Rose, to open a B & B, with help from newcomer Marie Carrington and from his nephew Seth, and perhaps a few other people they encounter along the way. But they have only two months! Will they be able to pull everything together in time?
THANK YOU, Carrie!
ABOUT SAVING THE MARQUISE'S GRANDDAUGTHER
In a land fraught with religious strife, they must break the barriers between status and faith to forge a fresh future in a new world… After her Huguenot father is arrested, aristocrat Suzanne Richelieu escapes Versailles. Handsome German peasant, Johan Rousch, risks his life to bring her to the safety of his family’s farm in the Palatinate duchy, but when Suzanne’s brother and the French army arrive with a warning that they plan to burn the area, she and Johan are forced to flee. With no money or options, both become indentured servants in exchange for safe passage to Philadelphia. Suzanne falls gravely ill aboard ship and marries Johan, only to survive with no memory of the wedding—a reality made worse when Johan spots the “priest” who married them working as a surveyor and later in Quaker cleric garb. Are their wedding vows valid? When Suzanne's former fiancé arrives in port, planning to abduct her, Johan must save her again—but can he do so before Suzanne is lost to him forever?