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About Pegg Thomas

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” An avid reader and writer, she enjoys fiction stories threaded through historical events and around historical figures. Civil War and Colonial are her favorite eras. Pegg is a regular blogger at both QuidProQuills.com and ColonialQuills.com. When not working on her latest novel, Pegg can be found in her garden, in her kitchen, at her spinning wheel, tending her sheep, or on her trusty old horse, Trooper. See more at PeggThomas.com.

Cover Reveal for “The Backcountry Brides” Collection!

I’m so excited to be part of The Backcountry Brides Collection! It’s not available for pre-order yet, it won’t released until May 2018, but I wanted to share this gorgeous cover with you.

My story in this collection is set in my home state of Michigan. A lot of people don’t think of Michigan when they think of Colonial America, but there was a thriving fur trade that brought hearty men and women to the Great Lakes.

I’ll be sharing more insights to the story as we get closer to the release date. Subscribe to my newsletter for updates direct to your email. I won’t flood your mailbox, I promise!

Read more about this collection and enter for a chance at a chance at a giveaway on the Colonial Quills blog.

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2017 in New Release

 

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January Book Release and Shawl Giveaway

Releasing January 2018

I’m excited about my new book releasing in January. A Bouquet of Brides is already available for preorder. My story in the collection, In Sheep’s Clothing, combines my love of history and fiber arts.

Meadowsweet

My heroine, Yarrow Fenn, is both a spinner and a weaver. She labors diligently to keep her family clothed after King William III signs The Wool Act into law. And she might even skirt the law a bit … but I won’t go into that here. Along the way, Yarrow befriends an orphan lamb named Meadowsweet. Pictured above is the real Meadowsweet, who lives here at Twin Willows Farm.

To celebrate this release of A Bouquet of Brides, I’m giving away the Meadowsweet Shawl. This shawl is handspun of natural white wool raised right here on the farm. I sheared the sheep, washed and carded the wool, spun the wool, and then knitted the shawl. It doesn’t get any more “Made in America” than that! The Meadowsweet Shawl is crescent-shaped with a raised back to keep your neck extra warm, or to fold over into a collar. The front can be wrapped and pinned or left loose to curl down the front.

I will draw the winner of the Meadowsweet Shawl on January 31st, 2018. To get into the drawing, subscribe to my newsletter and stay an active member by opening my emails! It’s that simple. The contest is open to anyone who has not won one of my book release shawls in the past. (Okay, this is only the second one, but I have three books releasing in 2018. I won’t have to change the wording each time I post the exception. And besides … it just sounded good.)

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2017 in New Release, Shawl Giveaway

 

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Friday the 13th

I’m blogging on Novel PASTimes today, talking about Friday the 13th from a historical perspective. It’s a fun read, and I promise that it’s not scary!

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

All She Left Behind

All She Left BehindAll She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nobody writes gritty and determined characters – based on real-life people – as well as Jane Kirkpatrick. This one held me from the opening sentences.

Jennie Pickett married young, thus ending her dreams of becoming a doctor. Being a wife and mother was a full-time job, but add in an unreliable husband, and she had her hands full. When she suddenly finds herself on her own, she takes a position as a live-in nurse. One thing leads to another – never easily or smoothly – until her dreams come true … at a cost.

As always, Jane will pull you through a gamut of emotions. Jennie’s life is a carousel of highs and lows. There is no “perfect ending,” this is real life, lived hard, and dedication to cause. It’s not neat and tidy, but it’s inspiring.

 

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These Healing Hills

These Healing HillsThese Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Ann Gabhart’s stories! This one didn’t disappoint.

Ann takes us into the backwoods of the Appalachian Mountains in 1945 with the Frontier Nursing Service. We ride along with Nurse Francine Howard as she learns to “catch babies” and bring medical assistance to people who still live a very hand-to-mouth lifestyle. Danger comes in many forms, from getting lost to swollen rivers to trigger-happy moonshiners. But the most dangerous to Francine’s heart is a very handsome mountain man come back from the war.

As with her Shaker books, Ann brings her characters to life without making them stereotypical “hillbillies.” The characters are varied, engaging, and easy to relate to. You’ll feel like you’ve known them for years by the end of the book.

 

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The Courageous Brides Collection

The Courageous Brides CollectionThe Courageous Brides Collection by Johnnie Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There were some AWESOME stories in this collection! Well worth the money for the book, even though there were three stories I didn’t finish. My two favorites were “The Doctor’s Woman” by Michelle Griep and “The Battlefield Bride” by Renee Yancy. These collections are starting to grow on me. I’ve not – in general – a fan of short fiction, but when it’s done well, they are a pleasure to read.

 

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Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico

Love Finds You in Golden, New MexicoLove Finds You in Golden, New Mexico by Lena Nelson Dooley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a different twist on the typical mail-order bride story. Madeline Mercer comes from a family with money, she’s used to servants and fancy things. When her father dies, she is in a very different situation. Jeremiah agrees to help his elderly mentor, Philip, even though his scheme of writing back east for a bride seems crazy. When Jeremiah meets Madeline, he knows she’s trouble. He just doesn’t realize how much.

Good, solid characters and description of the setting. The ending was a little too neat and tidy for me, but it wasn’t bad and it didn’t detract from the overall story.

 

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