Monday, December 19, 2011

Darlene Franklin's Maple Notch Brides

Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin lives in cowboy country—Oklahoma—near her son’s family.

She recently signed the contract for her twentieth novel. She is also a prolific devotional author with over 200 devotions in print.

Visit Darlene’s blog, Darlene Franklin Writes.

Maple Notch Brides

Climb into adventure in the Green Mountain State where party politics, parental pressure, and personal misperceptions challenge three couples.

Sally Reid and her family of Patriots are in hiding. Can she trust Josiah Tuttle, a man whose father is loyal to King George? (Prodigal Patriot, a Revolutionary War story)

Beatrice Bailey’s wealthy father wants his daughter to marry up—not down. Does farmer Calvin Tuttle have any chance of winning Beatrice’s heart and her father’s blessing? (Bridge to Love, a Year of No Summer story)

Clara Farley has accepted the role of spinster. Can Daniel Tuttle get her to change her mind? (Love’s Raid, a Civil War story) Will God show these couples a way above the fray?

Here's an excerpt from Maple Notch Brides:

Maple Notch, Vermont
May 1777

Today was a glorious day to be outside, Sally Reid decided as she went about her morning chores. Cool air flowed down from the mountains, scented with pine, the evergreen trees that gave the “Verts Monts,” or the Green Mountains, their name. The sun overhead promised sunshine and warmth, and green shoots pushed up through the ground. She loved the rhythms of farm life, the cycles of sowing, growing, reaping, and resting. A song of praise burst from her lips.

“Good morning, Miss Reid! You sound cheerful this fine morning,” a deep voice called out.

Sally stopped in mid-verse. Her singing called for no audience beyond the chickens who clucked along with her. Pa teased that she had the voice of a crow. Of all people, who should catch her in her morning serenade but Josiah Tuttle.

“Morning to you, Mr. Tuttle.”

He smiled at her, the same grin that had infuriated her since childhood. It always put her in mind of the day he pulled the mobcap off her head after she’d had the measles. Clumps of her straight, oak-colored hair came off with the mobcap, and she had run home and refused to come out again. Remembering, she put a hand to the top of her head, making sure its covering was in place.

Josiah’s hair was as black now as it had been then, the same red highlights created by the sun. But the years had transformed him from a skinny lad to a stalwart man, tall and well built. Not that she would ever make mention of the fact.

“Is Nathaniel about yet?” His voice had changed as well, into a marvelous baritone. He could sing far better than she could.

“I haven’t seen him.” Sally wondered if they required a chaperone for this conversation. Anyone could see them in the open dooryard. In fact, she saw a flicker in the opening in the cabin wall—probably her little sister, Nellie. Next thing Sally knew, Nellie would start announcing that Josiah was calling on her to everyone who stopped by.

You can purchase Maple Notch Brides from Amazon.

Darlene is giving away a copy of Maple Notch Brides. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


PriviesAndPrims said...

Please enter me. Sounds like some brothers are going courtin'!

And a chaperone to have a conversation outside? Those were tough times. :)

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

wfnren said...

I love these novellas and haven't seen one about patriots yet, can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!

wfnren at aol dot com

Marianne said...

My mom picks up a 3-in-1 novella every chance she gets. i will have to be on the lookout for this one (unless i win this one). Thanks Esther and Darlene. i'll also look for Darlene's devotional, as i am needing one for the coming year.


ann said...

Enter me please
Cowboys come a courting quite a difference from today standards
amhengst at verizon dot net

Lane Hill House said...

WOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo.... 3-in-one! Please enter me.

Joy Hannabass said...

I love the 3 in 1 books.....please enter me. And sounds like a wonderful book.

Jo said...

Please enter me! I would love to read these novellas.


Teela said...

Darlene, Please enter me for the chance to win The Maple Notch Brides...thanks! Teelayoung at hotmail dot com

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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