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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 and 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

Among the Poppies

Among the PoppiesAmong the Poppies by J’nell Ciesielski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An extraordinary tale of heroism and sacrifice set during The Great War. Gwyn Ruthers is an ambitious young woman determined to take an active part in the war. When she learns that women are being trained to drive ambulances … she’s ready to sign up! Captain William Crawford is following in his father’s footsteps, leading men into battle. He has no business taking an interest in a woman when his life hangs in the balance with every battle, but he can’t keep the young woman auto mechanic out of his thoughts. When she shows up on the battlefield in France, he’d do anything in his power to keep her safe … if only she’d let him.

Well written, beautifully described, and emotionally charged, this book is one you can’t put down. You’ll feel the earth shake under your feet, smell the mud clinging to every boot, and taste the fear that’s never far from the scene of a battle. A must-read novel for anyone who enjoys a story steeped in true historical details behind strong, engaging characters.


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One Glorious Ambition

One Glorious Ambition: The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea DixOne Glorious Ambition: The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea Dix by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Jane Kirkpatrick’s books. They always bring history to life. It’s not always neat and tidy. It’s not always pretty. It’s real history and real life … in all its messiness.

This one threw me a curve. I’ve read about Dorothea Dix in numerous places over the years. Her work with the nurses during the Civil War was nothing short of legendary. When I saw her name on the cover, I snatched up this book!

What I didn’t expect, but was delighted to discover, is that the book starts when she is little more than a child and ends before the Civil War. I had *no idea* that Miss Dix’s life’s passion was to bring humane treatment to the insane, the feeble-minded, and those suffering other mental traumas. Wow. It’s an incredible story of persistence, sacrifice, and living for a mission. Well worth reading.


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The Hero of Shenandoah Hearts

Jacob Owens, the hero of Shenandoah Hearts, is a prosperous merchant, owning and running a Philadelphia shop. He’s had the wonderful ladysmith, Madga Sehler, working with his family for years. But the Sehler family is relocating to the Shenandoah region of what is today Virginia. This backcountry area was dangerous. Beautiful but dangerous. Far from Jacob’s home. And did I mention dangerous?

In romance, we always have the “why?” and the “why not?”. I’m a big proponent of understanding the characters’ backstories. So what do we have in Jacob’s present day and in his backstory that would lead him to abandon his livelihood in Philadelphia? Jacob’s parents lived in Philadelphia and brought him up there. But wait – his grandparents had lived in the backcountry. And every visit to Philly brought tales of the glorious beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. So his grandparents had lived there in the early 1700s my oh my – and what adventurers they had to have been. Jacob’s eldest brother is, in fact (and fiction!), living in western Virginia where he is developing a forge and iron working business in which Jacob will have a partnership.

But … Jacob’s next eldest brother is in the military. He has been sent to the western area of Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley, to guard against encroaching French interests. And he tells Jacob this is an area brewing with trouble. These two brothers are particularly close. And Jacob’s brother has planted the notion that if ever Jacob should wish to journey to their grandparents’ former “backyards” that he’d be welcome in the militia. Or as a supplier to the forts, which was badly needed.

What’s a man to do? When Magda leaves with her family, apparently accepting an offer of marriage from the older wagonmaster, many a man might decide – she’s made up her mind. But a wise customer shares her advice. And Jacob seeks God’s direction in his life.

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Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of fifteen Christian historical romances, including ECPA bestsellers. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper,” in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at

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The Hero of Love’s Undoing

My story, Love’s Undoing, begins in what would one day become central Minnesota on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River in 1792 at a Scottish fur post. Abi is the daughter of a Scottish fur trader and an Indian mother. Henry is the second son of an English earl and has come to Montreal to make his way in the world. Early in the story, he arrives at the fur post to deliver an important message to Abi’s father, and then he must go back to Montreal with the reply. What he doesn’t plan is to take Abi with him. She longs to get away from the confines and expectations of the fur post and see what the world has to offer.

Henry was a great character to create. He has a sense of humor that kind of took me by surprise as I wrote the story. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, which compliments Abi, who is a bit too serious for her own good. Henry thinks he knows what he wants, but when he meets Abi and experiences life in the backcountry, he begins to imagine a different kind of future for himself. Henry must fight his own expectations, that of his employer (Abi’s uncle), and the only society he’s ever known. When Abi is mistreated by his employer and society, he begins to realize he doesn’t belong there, after all. Henry is handsome, strong, and confident. He loves life and helps Abi see the best in herself. He’s my favorite kind of hero.


Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people, places, and events. You can learn more about her and her upcoming releases by visiting her website or her Facebook page

Gabrielle Meyer

Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers (March 2018 from Barbour Publishers)

The Backcountry Brides Collection (May 2018 from Barbour Publishers)

Victorian Christmas Brides Collection (September 2018 from Barbour Publishers)


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Heart of Nantahala’s Hero – The Man with a Plan

Joseph Gregory is the hero in my novella, Heart of Nantahala, one of the stories in the Backcountry Brides Collection. He is a natural born leader. At age ten and eight, Joseph left the family farm and traveled from one lumber mill to the next, learning the business and acquiring valuable skills until he had enough funds to buy his own land at twenty-four. Joseph purchased a considerable tract and built a lumber mill in Salem, North Carolina near the Moravian village. By age twenty-seven, Joseph was a successful business owner and needed to expand–and fast.

It is 1757, and the colony is thriving with new immigrants arriving each day. Demand for timber keeps growing as the need for more homes and businesses are high in demand. When Joseph hears that the owner of Nantahala Lumber Mill perished in a logging accident and his unmarried sister may sell the property, Joseph knows it could be the answer to his expansion plans. Building another mill from scratch would take time, but buying a mill already set up and staffed would enable him to turn a profit much faster.

He sends two of his men to negotiate the purchase of the mill, but each time they return without success. That’s when Joseph decides to travel to Nantahala and meet the middle-aged spinster who continues to be an unforeseen obstacle to his plans. What he finds is a young and vibrant woman full of intelligence. Miss Mabel Walker has natural grace and beauty.

Without the protection of her deceased brother and parents, Miss Walker and her younger sister are at risk of sabotage and deceit. Men of all ages, near and close enough to travel, are lining up and proposing marriage in hopes of obtaining her brother’s land and company. Joseph doesn’t want to become one of them. Instead, he makes her another offer to purchase her land and company, but this time, he leaves out the nine acres that include her home and ups the price, hoping it will be too good for her to resist.

In the meantime, he witnesses the danger she is in when someone tries to hurt her, and the animosity her employees have because they dislike working for a woman. As her struggles grow, so does her determination to remain independent and carry on the legacy her brother built. Joseph finds his admiration for her deepening, and he is unable to resist helping her, even if it means ditching his own expansion plans. As fortune would have it, everything turns in Jacob’s favor, but not in the way he would like.

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A Heart Deceived

A Heart DeceivedA Heart Deceived by Michelle Griep
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was really enjoying this story until I got to the part about the madam of a bawdy house … who shares MY name! Spelling my name the way I do – with the double G on the end – is actually the way it’s spelled as a last name. Imagine my surprise to find another Pegg – first name – only to find that she’s a harlot.

Thank you, Michelle Griep. **she says in a slightly sarcastic tone**

Aside from that personal affront *chuckle* I did enjoy this story. Ethan is a wonderfully flawed hero, the type I seem to be drawn to. Miri is a heroine with a heart of gold, even toward her own family members who do/have treated her badly. And who couldn’t enjoy the appearances of John Newton?! A story well worth reading.


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To Claim Her Heart

To Claim Her HeartTo Claim Her Heart by Jodie Wolfe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fans of Mary Connealy will enjoy this romantic romp set during the Oklahoma Land Rush. Elsie Smith is dead-set on getting the land her Pa had spied out for them, even though he’s no longer by her side. Benjamin David is looking for his “Promised Land.” Neither ever imagines that they’ll stake claim to the same acres. Neither ever imagines that they’ll be attracted to the other. As different as toast from toads, their adventures – and misadventures – will warm the hearts of readers from teenage to, ahem, let’s call it post-mature.


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