Due to the riveting nature of this book’s plot, I had to set it down frequently! Only because it had me at the edge of my seat, and at my age, I can’t take that anymore! 😉
Two heroines, one loves a man, the other is loved by him. The book is set in pre-revolutionary America, during the days of many pioneers making the arduous journey to a new land. A land fraught with danger, but providing religious freedom.
So, this is an Amish fiction book, but not your average cup of tea. It’s quite different, mostly because of its setting. One other unusual feature is that it involves a white Amish woman being held captive by natives. So, there’s that…and if you’ve read some of the real classics with that story element, like Calico Captive, etc., you’re sure to enjoy this entry into the “captive settler” plot club.
The Gracious woman blog is written by me, Susan Karsten. I am happy to announce that my first novel, “A Match for Melissa”, has been published by Pelican Book Group! It was released to the public on July 7, and is available on Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble’s website.
Here’s an excerpt from a recent review:
“A Match for Melissa” is a Regency romance. My acquaintance with this genre is limited so I looked it up. To be a real Regency the novel must be set in early 19th century Britain and have a very defined style. A Regency novel will transport the reader back two hundred years so we know how the characters dressed, what their homes looked like and how they socialized. We see a world with clearly defined social classes, morality, manners and conversation.
The author did her homework. “A Match for Melissa” is chockfull of details on life in rural England and upper class London. The characters are delightful. Unless they are bad. (The bad ones are really wonderfully bad.) Melissa is an intelligent woman with an independent bent to her nature who still functions inside the strict rules of protocol for her class. Her father, also independent, but with greater latitude and freedom than a woman, is in charge not only of the family fortune but also the choice of Melissa’s future husband. Much of the tension comes from wondering when Melissa will be able to be matched with the man she really loves.
Plenty of minor characters add flavor and fun and dimension—the English dressmaker who affects (badly) a French accent, an ancient butler, and a competing suitor. The author has a gentle wit and a passionate, unashamed faith. “A Match for Melissa” is my first Regency from this author but Lord willing it won’t be my last!
So, please give my book a look! Thanks, Susan Karsten