Ahoy Mateys! Welcome aboard me blog again this month! Chappy be readin' a very good book in June. Yes, just one book. It be very busy aboard me ship lately.
What I be readin'/reviewin' in June 2019:
Mercy In A Red Cloak
By Carrie Fancett Pagels
Famed colonial scout, Shadrach Clark, is sought out in the Straits of Mackinac, when he has gone missing. His dear friend, Mercy, whose circuit-rider father is also missing, joins in the search. Set during the time of Pontiac's War, can love still blossom?
Award-winning author of eighteen Christian historical romances. Her novel My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring received a Romantic Times Top Pick (Barbour, July 2017) and her colonial-era novel, Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter (White Rose, June, 2016) received an RT starred review. Carrie loves living in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, where she is surrounded by history!
“Birth Pains” of a Story
By Carrie Fancett Pagels
This story took a decade in the making. That’s a long time to grow a book “baby”! I’d first created Shadrach Clark while working on a story about young William Christy. Sadly, William’s own novel went missing in the computer back-up files after a couple of computer changeovers so I don’t know if his own romance will ever get into print. However, William does appear in Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter (Pelican, 2016). Shad was supposed to also be in that novel, but checking the file I believe he got cut out because of word limitations.
Some of Shadrach Clark’s back story includes that he was the son of an English preacher and was sent over to the colonies with his aunt, and her preacher husband, ahead of his parents and sister’s arrival. But fate handed Shad a tough card when his uncle died and his aunt married a ruthless backcountry man who brings her and Shad to the backcountry of Virginia. In the mid-1700s, the Shenandoah Valley was a dangerous place to live. While researching for Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter, which is loosely inspired by my own ancestors journey to America, I spent time in the University of Virginia Rare Books collection reading accounts of original settlers. Attacks by Native Americans were not uncommon nor were abductions. So an attack on Shadrach’s cabin occurred which impacts the rest of his life especially his spiritual beliefs.
I also began buying and reading accounts of colonial-era scouts. In some genealogical research I came across a real-life scout by the name of William Christy, a young man who was brave, logical, and unafraid to stand up to authority. Of course, when I transformed him into a fictional scout he needed a good friend of equal character—Shadrach Clark. I included both William and Shad in a Christmas anthology that was put together by authors from the Colonial Quills blog—Shadrach makes a cameo appearance in the very last post (link - https://colonialquills.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_4.html).
Shad was one of my favorite colonial characters who I'd developed and I wanted a story that did him justice. I had an opportunity for Shadrach’s story to be published with a small press novella collection, but the story didn’t seem to really “fit” with the others so the publisher allowed me to keep it. So I kept working on it off and on while in the meantime I also published fifteen other books including a novella with Shad in it as a character in "Shenandoah Heart" in The Backcountry Brides collection (Barbour, 2018) which also includes some characters from Mercy in a Red Cloak. This year I had a gap in my publishing schedule, with eleven months between new releases. This seemed a good time to finally get Shad’s story “birthed”!
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Ms. Pagels never disappoints. Mercy in a Red Cloak is a fast-paced read that flows from chapter to chapter. I was so enthralled with it, I finished it in little over an hour. Mercy is such a great character, as is Shad. Their story has a lot of heart and takes you on an adventure that you will not soon forget. Even though this is a novella, once you've finished reading it, it feels like you've absorbed a novel's length of storyline. I highly recommend this book.
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