This is a collection of four novellas, and each of the stories are sparked by the arrival of a letter to a lady. And each letter shows her her destiny. Each letter helps her find her place in the world. Each letter is part of what guides her home.
First, A Moonlight Promise, by Laurie Alice Eakes. Get read to jump aboard a steamboat with Camilla, who's fleeing from a tempestuous past in England and finding that this untamed river offers smoother passage... just barely.There's sabotage, and danger, and all is not what it seems. But it's a chance to make a new life, and a chance to meet a river boat captain. At first stand-offish, Captain Nate Black soon decides that there's more to Camila than is evident in her refined accent and privileged manner. She might be exactly what's he's been looking for.
The second is from Ann Shorey. When Marigold starts taking piano lessons from the pastor's son, neither of them imagined that they'd receive Lessons in Love. Of course, that's before Marigold's writing ambition got her in a mix up, and she enlisted Colin to help her continue with her dreams. Ann Shorey has provided a sweet, gently comic tale that celebrates women authors in the 1800's.
The next is One Little Word. This story is born out of Amanda Cabot's love for hand crafted carousels. When Lorraine arrives at The Lilac Hall Inn (where no lilacs are yet in bloom) there's a beauty of a carousel being crafted in an outbuilding. Her world is topsy-turvy as it is... her brother just married a laundress, and invited her here for the wedding! Why shouldn't she be daring and get involved with the project? Or, if Jonah insists on keeping it to himself, why shouldn't she start a project of her own? By the end of the tale, I could see why Amanda has "Carousel Fever."
And the last is chock full of (disturbing) historical detail. The strong heroine and descriptive writing mark A Saving Grace as a story by Jane Kirkpatrick. Grace Hathaway must travel away from her quiet life to Olalla Washington, to rescue a friend from a starvation clinic. Rebecca went to Wilderness Heights to cure her broken heart after her husband died. She left behind a beloved child and a good friend, a friend who would storm the gates to get her back. Based of the terrible reality of a female doctor that starved people to death in the early 1900's. This is a terrible reminder of the deceit that people will perpetuate, and the power of a friend in need.
Thank you Revell for my review copy.
Laurie Alice Eakes used to lie in bed as a child telling herself stories so she didn’t wake anyone else up. Sometimes she shared her stories withothers; thus, when she decided to be a writer, she surprised no one.
I was blessed to have a mother who read to me, and in so doing gifted me with a love of books that has defined my life. In school I spent as much time reading the novels hidden behind my textbooks as I did paying attention to my lessons. Guess that’s how I developed the ability to write stories in my head while working at day-to-day tasks.
Our community rests in one of the Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua, which is the name of the river that runs through our county from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. If there’s a paradise here on earth, I believe we live smack in the middle of it. You can feel the history and the stories in this place every time you walk through the forest or listen to the rush of the river.
Jane believes that our lives are the stories that others read first and she encourages groups to discover the power of their own stories to divinely heal and transform. Visit her blog for more information about her current projects and the privilege of following one's passion wherever the dreams may lead.
With both parents avid readers, it's no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than thirty novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and – of course – reading.