Monday, September 6, 2010

Lily and the Lawman by Erica Vetsch

This week's feature title is:

Lily and the Lawman
By Erica Vetsch
HP 916
Historical Romance

From the back cover:

Lily has never been so alone.

Her sister Violet has died and her niece Rose has been kidnapped. The U.S. Marshals who are supposed to be looking for Rose are ill and injured. Lily has two choices: find Rose herself (which she has no idea how to do) or trust Trace McConnell to find the baby for her. But Lily has trusted men for the last time. So maybe she will do this on her own.

Trace McConnell—almost-bad-boy-turned-local-lawman—would be happy to hunt down the kidnappers and return Rose to the intriguing Lily Whitman, except Lily won’t let him go alone. How is he supposed deal with kidnappers and killers when his mind and heart are so distracted by this frustrating woman?

Is a God whose ways seem inexplicable really a God who is trustworthy? Is He really with them, or has He forsaken them, despite what His Word says?

Key Verse Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

From the book:

Trace stood in front of the fireplace, hands on hips, and glared at her. “Lily, we have to get married. It’s the right thing to do.”

Not that she was going to agree to this, but he didn’t have to look like he’d just licked a toad. “Thank you, but I decline your noble gesture.”

“I’m not asking. I’m telling. Either marry me, or you go home in the morning. I should’ve thought it through before bringing you, what you coming along would do to your reputation.”

The fires of rebellion lit in her middle. “Trace McConnell, are you deaf? I’m not marrying you. I am going to Garnett in search of my niece. I don’t need your permission, nor do I need your help. I certainly don’t need you to marry me, regardless of what you think.”

About the Author:

ERICA VETSCH is married to Peter and keeps the company books for the family lumber business. A home-school mom to Heather and James, Erica loves history, romance, and storytelling. Her ideal vacation is taking her family to out-of-the-way history museums and chatting to curators about local history. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Calvary Bible College in Secondary Education: Social Studies. You can find her on the web at

Question of the day: Are you a fan of the marriage of convenience story? I personally love it, but I won’t be offended if you say you don’t. :)

Happy Labor Day everyone!


  1. I love the line about looking like he just licked a toad! That is hilarious!

  2. I love the marriage of convience plot! Working on one of my own now! ;-)

  3. I love the "licked a toad" line too. :)


  4. Just from reading that little section of the book above, I already like the character of Lily. From what I see, she seems very determined to get done what needs to be done. I like that in a female character.


  5. I love the delicious tangle involved in marriage of convenience stories.

  6. Cute excerpt from the book! Sounds like a great story!

    For the most part, I do tend to enjoy marriage of convenience stories. :) I'm a big fan of Love Comes Softly!



  7. Ohh, love that excerpt! What a great sounding book. Hope to get my hands on it soon. :D

  8. Linda, I remember laughing out loud when Lily had that thought. It seemed to come out of nowhere.

    Jennifer, all the best with your MOC story. There are so many variations and possibilities. The potential for romance abounds. :)

    Hey, Heather, dolly. Thanks for dropping by! (Heather's my daughter.)

  9. Hey, Siri, thank you for stopping by the blog, and thanks for your kind words. :)

    Merry, you're so right. There is so much scope for high drama and misunderstanding and conflict when you force people into a marriage. :)

    Amber, I have all of Janette Oke's books, and Love Comes Softly is one of my favorites.

    Casey, thank you! I hope you get a chance to read it soon too. :)

  10. So cute.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I do love the marriage of convenience plot.

    I'm working on tearing my MC's marriage apart in order for them to get back bad as that sounds, lol.

    I have a burried MOC plot in my computer files.

    It is fun to write how they feel...and they're STUCK with each other.