Monday, January 17, 2011

This week's featured title is:
Mutiny of the Heart by Vickie McDonough
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Heather has no reason to like Lucas Reed.

Lucas Reed deserted Deborah, Heather Hawthorne's unwed cousin, when Deborah become pregnant with his child. He is an American whose fight for liberty from England ruined her family's wealth and led to her father's death. But Deborah's dying wish is that Heather take little Jamie to his father in Charleston.

Ever since his one true love, Deborah, mysteriously disappeared, Lucas has avoided romantic entanglements. But that was before Heather appeared with Jamie - and a letter from Deborah revealing that Lucas's pirate brother, Marcus, had kidnapped her and fathered Jamie. Acceding to Deborah's desire to protect Jaime from being maligned as a pirate's child, Lucas claims him as his son.

As they work together to build a new life for Jamie, can Heather and Lucas resist their growing attraction, or will mutinous hearts finally admit their love when an enemy's desperate plot threatens their very lives?

Key Verse:

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17

Book Excerpt:

"Ah, there you are." Lucas Reed walked toward her, tall and straight.

Heather's mouth went dry at the fine figure he cut in his loose linen shirt, gold waistcoat, and breeches tucked into the tops of his boots. His long, black hair was neatly tied back, emphasizing his strong jawline. No wonder Deborah fell for him. Heather straightened her spine as well as her resolve. Deborah had been a much younger woman susceptible to the fantasies of youth when she'd given herself to Lucas Reed, but Heather would not make the same error. Above all, she wanted a man who served God, not a blackguard who'd steal a young woman's virtue and leave her to raise their child alone.

Mr. Reed stared at her for a moment, and she couldn't help squirming. She lifted a hand to tuck a wayward strand of hair behind her ear. What did he see when he looked at her? Was he appalled by her simple garment? If not for him and his kind, she'd still be back in England, enjoying her family's wealth and the privileges that came with it. She might even be married by now and have her own child.

Vickie McDonough believes that God is the ultimate designer of romance. She is a wife of thirty years, mother to four sons and doting grandma. When not writing, she enjoys reading, watching movies and traveling.

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This may be off topic, but while posting today's blog all I could think of is how interesting it would be to hear a true story of a person's journey to be with the one they love. For example:

When my great-grandmother (Julia) was a young woman arranged marriages were still common. Before living in Ohio, my great-grandmother lived near Florence, Italy. She was madly in love with a young gentleman who was not the wealthiest man, but she didn't care. Before marrying Julia, the young man wanted to save money so he could provide for her and maybe a family someday. Around this time Julia's family was moving to America. The man didn't go with her, instead he told her to go and that when he saved enough money to provide for her he would come find her. Well, time passed and my great-grandma was put into an arranged marriage with a man named Natale. Julia was torn because she was still in love with this man who still lived in Florence, but yet she knew it was best she wed Natale. In a way she did love Natale, but there was still that ache for the other man. My great-grandma ended up marrying Natale (my great-grandpa :)). So what happened to the man she left behind in Florence?? Well, it turned out that he saved enough money to provide for my great-grandma and he wrote letters to her explaining this and that he was going to come and get her. My great-grandmother never got those letters because her mother intercepted them. Her mother felt Natale was a better choice.

So, it may have not been a happy ending for my great-grandma Julia and the man she left behind, but it was still a happy one for my great-grandma Julia because in the end she received a beautiful family.

Sorry for the long story and beating around the bush with the question, but do you have an enchanting real-life tale of true love?


  1. This sounds like a wonderfully romantic story.

    I don't have a fairy-tale romance to share, unless you count the one I live every day with my darling husband of 21 years...he's so swoony. :)

  2. I don't have story to share either but wanted to thank Vickie for sharing her great-grandmother's story.

  3. Thank you for sharing your true family story. How heartbreaking, but very interesting to hear. Mutiny of the Heart has me captivated already. I'm going order it immediately!

  4. I do not have any romantic stories to share, but I was touched by your great-grandmother's story. Thank you for sharing!

  5. My husband's great grandmother and grandfather have a similar story which I love so much. They fell in love in the old country. She was rich, he was poor. Family disapproved. He went to America to make some money. Times got hard. She ended up coming to America as an indentured servant. After serving her seven years as a servant in Charleston she moved to Cleveland to be near her brother and sister. One day, while walking down the street in Cleveland, they run into each other. And the rest, as they say, is history.

  6. We were married 53 yrs. ago on the Bride & Groom TV show!!!
    Enjoyed the post!

  7. How about that our eyes meet for the first time across a crowded room and our hearts began to sing! :) It was only the beginning and our love is still going even stronger today after 32+ years.