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Do you enjoy novellas? Whether you are wanting to try a new author or are in a busy season and just need something shorter to read, novellas can be a great option! I am excited to have Laura Hilton visiting today to share her novella from the new collection, Second Chance Brides. Before we visit with Laura, though, let’s take a look at the stories in this fun collection.
Meet nine women from history spanning from 1776 to 1944 feel the sting of having lost out on love. Can their hope for experiencing romance again be renewed?
Love in the Crossfire by Lauralee Bliss – Trenton, New Jersey, 1776
Gretchen Hanson watched her beau go off to war and never return. She soon falls for an enemy scout who stumbles upon her farm. If Jake is discovered, it could mean death for them all. Will Gretchen let go of love or stand strong?
Daughter of Orion by Ramona K. Cecil – New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1859
Whaling widow, Matilda Daggett, vows to never again give her heart to a seaman. But when debt drives her to masquerade as a cabin boy on a whaling ship, a young harpooner threatens both her vow and her heart.
The Substitute Husband and the Unexpected Bride by Pamela Griffin – Washington Territory, 1864
Cecily McGiver, a mail-order bride, arrives in the rugged Washington Territory shocked to find herself without a husband—that is until Garrett, a widower, offers to take the position. Can the challenges that face them lead to love?
The Prickly Pear Bride by Pam Hillman – Little Prickly Pear Creek, Montana Territory, 1884
Shepherdess Evelyn Arnold left her intended at the altar so he could marry the woman he really loved. Dubbed Miss Prickly Pear, Evelyn is resigned to a loveless life and the ridicule of her neighbors. When Cole Rawlins sweeps her out of a raging river, she realizes even a prickly pear can find love.
The Widow of St. Charles Avenue by Grace Hitchcock – New Orleans, 1895
Colette Olivier, a young widow who married out of obligation, finds herself at the end of her mourning period and besieged with suitors out for her inheritance. With her pick of any man, she is drawn to an unlikely choice.
Married by Mistake by Laura V. Hilton – Mackinac Island, 1902
When a plan to pose for advertising goes awry, Thomas Hale and Bessie O’Hara find themselves legally married. Now Bessie and Thomas must decide whether to continue the charade or walk away. Either choice could ruin them if the truth gets out.
Fanned Embers by Angela Breidenbach – Bitterroot Mountains, Montana/Idaho border, 1910
Stranded in the treacherous railroad camp after her husband’s murder, Juliana Hayes has no desire to marry a ruffian like Lukas Filips. Can she release prejudice to love again? Or will they even survive the fiery Pacific Northwest disaster to find out?
From a Distance by Amber Stockton – Breckenridge, Colorado, 1925
Financial Manager Trevor Fox sets out to find a lady to love him and not his money, then meets and falls for an average girl only to discover she’d deceived him to protect her heart after he unknowingly rejects her.
What the Heart Sees by Liz Tolsma – Hartford, Wisconsin, 1944
American Miriam Bradford is shocked to see Paul Albrecht, her summer fling from Germany in 1939, escorted into church as a POW. Can they rekindle their romance amid the overwhelming objections of almost everyone in town–including her father?
Welcome back, Laura! Let’s start with a few fast favorites. What is your:
Favorite color? White
Favorite season? Winter
Favorite writing snack? Salted mixed nuts
Favorite ice cream flavor? Fudge swirl
Tell us a little about Married by Mistake. Who is your favorite secondary character in the story, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
My favorite secondary character in this story was Archibald Asparagus. He was so funny and yet wise at the same time. I don’t know if I’ll ever include him again or not. And yes, my youngest daughter named him after the tall green vegetable on Veggie Tales.
What a fun connection for your Veggie Tales-loving readers. 🙂 Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
I chose the setting because it seemed an ideal place to set a historical during the Victorian era. I didn’t want one too over done, and yet common enough so readers wouldn’t blink. I sadly have not been to Mackinac Island in person, but I have been by it in boat, and on the Michigan Mainland where we could see it, and I’ve “toured” it via travel movies and coffee table books. My Mom shared a lot about it too as she has been there.
It’s been many years since I visited Mackinac Island, but I have very fond memories. It’s definitely a story setting I’d enjoy. Do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
I have played croquet many many times and remember crawling under these bushes filled with red berries hunting for runaway balls.
Why do the runaways always seem to get into the most difficult places? 😉 What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
That God is the God of second chances, that He knows you, sees you, and loves you regardless of what you’ve done.
That’s a pretty amazing concept to grasp! You’ve written many Amish novels. What appeals to you the most about the Amish?
This particular story isn’t Amish, but most of mine are. What appeals to me most is the foundation of faith (even though not all Amish are Christians, some are, but there is the underlying foundation in all of them.
Their culture is definitely built on that basis of faith, and it sets them apart from all the people around them. Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Laura!
Your turn! Have you visited Mackinac Island?
More about Laura:
Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
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Also by Laura:
Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but other than a lone summer filled with romantic buggy rides, marrying her remains an elusive dream. When his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, they left him as the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters and his grandparents. What woman wants to step into a ready-made family like his? Still, he leaves her monthly gifts from “A Secret Admirer,” hoping she’ll know that someone loves her, even though he isn’t free to step forward.
Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, and hopes he’s her secret admirer, but now the clock is ticking. Susanna’s father is remarrying in January and his wife-to-be doesn’t want to leave her Amish community and family in Iowa. So when Susanna’s daed sells his glass-blowing business to his right-hand man, Benaiah, she’s left with three options: 1) Go with Daed to his new home with a new frau and step-kinner, 2) Flush out her mysterious secret admirer, or 3) Resign herself to life as an old maid. She doesn’t want to follow Daed where his new frau is leading him. And number three isn’t happening. Marrying Benaiah is her greatest desire—but he broke her heart, and now he treats her like a pesky younger sister. Can she make him see her as a woman, one who could stand by his side as he cares for his family?
As Christmas approaches, Susanna and her friends start making gingerbread houses for select members of the community. Susanna plans for hers to go to Benaiah’s family. But while her gingerbread may find a home—will her heart?
Escaping the past isn’t as easy as it should be…
Anna thought her bad decisions would fade into nothing after she vanished for a few months. Her motives would be clear, her mistakes erased, and she’d be able to rewrite her future the way she wanted. It didn’t work out the way she’d planned. Instead, she discovered her actions have consequences and they had to be paid.
Reuben loved Anna for as long as he could remember, but before he could get serious about courting her, his brother, Mark, won her away. But now she’s back and she beginning to pay the steep price for her mistakes. Reuben tries to help her as much as he can, and the decisions he makes will cost them both everything.
Second Chance Brides Giveaway:
Laura has generously offered to give away a copy of Second Chance Brides or winner’s choice and format of any of her books. (You can see the list on Amazon here.) Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.