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If the cover of this book hasn’t already grabbed your attention, just wait until you hear the story line… I am excited to have Carrie Fancett Pagels back with us again today. Her new novel looks so good! Before we visit with Carrie, let’s take a quick look at Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter.
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?
Welcome back, Carrie! What inspired you to write this novel?
Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter was inspired by genealogical research. I was trying to do some research on my mother’s side of the family. But when I ran into the spot where two Rousch cousins married I cringed. I didn’t want to go on. I prayed about it. And I’m glad I pushed through or I’d not have discovered Johan Adam Rousch, the cousin’s grandfather. Johan was an immigrant from the Palatinate of German and 9 of his 10 sons fought in the American Revolution! I wondered – what kind of man could handle that. I learned that Johan was given a monument by the Sons of the American Revolution.
Johan is one of my favorite characters of all of the heroes I have written. He’s rather quiet, has a DEEP faith, is obedient to God, has a dry sense of humor and likes to tease, and he’s also gorgeous, which doesn’t hurt! He’s a big tall Palatinater (German) and like a big teddy bear but he’ll rise to the occasion. I’m so proud of Johan and all he did in the story. He’s incredibly sweet but he’s not a patsy. I felt so bad for him. He thought Suzanne was an escaped Huguenot and he fell in love with her only to discover she was an aristocrat. Then to almost lose her. . . I just love Johan, big sigh. . .
He sounds like a swoon-worthy hero for sure! What do you hope your readers take away from Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter?
You absolutely must form a PERSONAL relationship with Christ. You cannot copy someone else’s faith. You cannot imitate and do rituals. You must accept Jesus as your savior and make Him LORD of your life!
That is a funny question because my Romantic Times Book Review 4 Star review made a comment about there being mental illness. I’m not sure if she meant my heroine, who has OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or if she is referring to the island woman character who has PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Something that isn’t a quirk, but an interest, is in flowers. I LOVE gardens and flowers but I’m not so good at growing flowers! I try to keep cut flowers out, when in season, nearby where I am writing. You’ll often see flowers and gardens in my stories!
I’m glad to know the flowers — and not the mental illness — are a reflection of you! 😉 If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?
IF God has called you to write, be obedient to Him. He’d been calling me for years, while I was a psychologist and I told Him I would – when I retired. Well, apparently He has other plans as I became disabled from Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disorder and no longer could work in a profession I’d trained for to the Ph.D. level and had worked in for twenty-five years! Your life, my life, all our lives, are in God’s hands. If He calls you, answer. And don’t freak out if there are times you sense Him telling you to NOT write. It doesn’t mean He has removed His anointing. The anointing on your writing doesn’t disappear, you have to remember that. But He knows what is best for us. So listen and obey.
Listen and obey. That’s good advice for all of us! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Carrie!
Your turn! In honor of Carrie’s love of flowers, let’s talk about them today. What is your favorite flower?
More about Carrie:
Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. All three of her Christy Lumber Camp books were finalists for Family Fiction’s Book of the Year. 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!
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