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The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection

The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection: 9 Historical Women Win More than a Blue Ribbon at the FairThe Blue Ribbon Brides Collection: 9 Historical Women Win More than a Blue Ribbon at the Fair by Cynthia Hickey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another Barbour collection full of engaging characters and fun stories, these all set during a county or state fair. Having spent a good deal of my growing up years at the county fair, then twenty years as a 4-H leader and 4-Her’s mom, these stories brought back many fond memories. It’s hard to pick any favorites out of this bunch, all of them combine a competitive spirit with the life lessons each character needs to learn. I love that each competition is different, from quilting to baking to farm animals to auto racing … there is something in here for everyone.

 

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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 www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.

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My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s MooringMy Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring by Carrie Fancett Pagels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Mackinac Island. (Pronounced Mack-en-naw) I’ve been going there since I was a child. And who didn’t fall in love with the island watching “Somewhere in Time”? It’s a magical place. So I couldn’t wait to read another book set in one of my favorite places.

Maude Welling is an island native from a long line of island natives. Her mother and her grandmother were both strong women who worked hard managing their businesses, which in turn employed a great many people. With her mother and grandmother gone, Maude expects to inherit Winds of Mackinac, the hotel her family has owned for generations. But her father is against her running it alone, and her fiance just returned to the island … with a bride.

Ben Steffen came to Mackinac Island in search of a story that would establish his newspaper reporting career. What he didn’t know, was that his boss had set him up to settle a personal score. Posing as someone he’s not, he falls for the beautiful island girl who was jilted by her suitor. But how can he pursue her while posing as someone he’s not?

This story is full of twists and turns and unexpected characters. The island itself plays a huge role, with the sights, smells, and sounds coming through behind the scenes. Well worth reading!

 

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