Saturday, January 7, 2012

Martha Roger's Amelia's Journey

Martha Rogers is the author of Becoming Lucy; Morning for Dove; Finding Becky; Caroline’s Choice; Not on the Menu, a part of a novella collection with DiAnn Mills, Janice Thompson, and Kathleen Y’Barbo; and River Walk Christmas, a novella collection with Beth Goddard, Lynette Sowell, and Kathleen Y’Barbo. A former schoolteacher and English instructor, she has a master’s degree in education and lives with her husband in Houston, Texas.

You can find Martha online at her website and her blog

Amelia's Journey
A Prequel to the Winds Across the Prairie series

For Ben Haynes it is love at first sight, but can a Boston socialite find true happiness with a cowboy from Kansas?

Once childhood friends, Ben Haynes is taken with Amelia Carlyle when he runs into her at her sister’s wedding. Although he will be returning to Kansas and life on his father’s ranch, Ben calls on Amelia several times, and they find they have more in common than they first realized. As he leaves for Kansas, they promise to write.

Back in Kansas, Ben begins to save money toward a home for Amelia even though he has not made his intentions known. He’s relying on God to make a way. Meanwhile, Amelia is presented to society and has several young men vying for her attention.

Although Ben has captured Amelia’s heart, her parents make every effort to discourage the relationship, even forbidding Amelia to correspond with him. Amelia tells Ben that she will wait for him as long as it takes, but will the love and loss they experience along the way bring them closer or drive them apart forever?

“Martha Rogers masterfully portrays characters in the early twentieth century. They’re firmly attached to the way of life they’ve always known, yet reaching toward the changes brought about by increasing technology and transitioning ideology.” —Lena Nelson Dooley, Author of Wild West Christmas, Wild Prairie Roses, and Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico

Here's the first page of Amelia's Journey:
Saturday, August 19, 1876

Amelia Carlyle’s face ached from the smile pasted on it for the last three-quarters of an hour. Would thisceremony never end? She balanced first on one foot and then the other to relieve the pain caused by the white satin pumps Amanda had insisted Amelia must wear.

Amanda’s face glowed with the radiance of the love she had for Charles Scott Bishop, the man who became her husband today. If that love ever happened to Amelia, and she decided to marry, it’d be a small and simple wedding without all this pomp and circumstance. At last the minister pronounced them husband and wife, and Charles leaned forward to kiss his bride.

Amelia’s thoughts went immediately to the buffet to be served at the reception. Mama and Papa had spared no expense for their oldest daughter’s wedding, and Amelia anticipated
the spread of lobster, roast beef, croissants, and wedding cake.

Amanda and Charles made their way back up the aisle, and Amelia dreaded walking even that short distance in her shoes, but she put on another smile and made it to the front steps of the church where carriages waited to take them to the hotel for the reception.

Once they arrived, guests mingled and greeted the bride and groom, but Amelia found the closest table and sat down to slip off her shoes. Her white-stockinged toes wiggled in great relief to be free of their bindings. She turned her back to the room to hide her most unseemly
behavior, but comfort won over decorum. She lifted her skirts to run her fingers along the arch of one foot, which relaxed in contentment. Of course if anyone asked her to dance later, she may not be able to squeeze her feet back into the slippers, but she had seen no one with whom she cared to dance anyway.

“Excuse me, Miss Carlyle?”

You can purchase Amelia's Journey at Amazon.

Martha is giving away a copy of Amelia's Journey. 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.


karenk said...

thanks for the opportunity to read this wonderful novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

Sounds good! Please enter me. Thanks for the giveaway.


Judy said...

This book sounds so good. I would love to win a copy of it. I really like the cover of this book, beautiful!

Judy B

Rebecca said...

Oh this book looks and sounds amazing. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win.


apple blossom said...

Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this book

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

ann said...

this sounds like a wonderful book one I would really enjoy reading thanks
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wfnren said...

This sounds like a great read! Thank you for hosting the giveaway.


Lane Hill House said...

I would like to read this book to find out how "once childhood friends" can find who they really are.
Please enter me in the drawing for Martha Rogers' Amelia's Journey: A prequel to the Winds Across the Prairie series. I look forward to getting to know these families and how they grow together. Will they follow "society" or their own hearts' leading?

lgm52 said...

Sounds like a really great read. I'm looking forward to it!

Anonymous said...

Count me in please!

-Britt T.


Pam K. said...

Since I live in Kansas, it is always fun for me to find books set in my state. I'd love to win a copy of Amelia's Journey.


Marianne said...

Weddings (or crowds of any sort aren't my kind of thing, so can understand Amelia from the first page! Would be honored to win this book. Thanks for opportunity, Patty and Martha.



HomePlace Gatherings said...

Would love to win this one~

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Amy said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Teresa Mathews said...

Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book. tsmathews(at)gmail(dot)com

Lane Hill House said...

Hi, I'm looking for second posting of giveaway for Martha Rogers' Amelia's Journey: A prequel to the Winds Across the Prairie series. Would love to have this book.

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Sounds like a great series --I'll have to check if my library has any of Mrs. Roger's books. Thank you for the chance to win!

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