Monday, April 11, 2011

Love's Raid by Darlene Franklin

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Love's Raid by Darlene Franklin

Clara is resigned to be a spinster.

While other women in Maple Notch, Vermont, are married and raising children, Clara focuses her energies on creating an academy for girls so they can get a better education. She dreams of being able to vote and imagines a world where women could even run for office, an idea that evokes laughter or fear in all the men she knows. . .except for Daniel Tuttle.

Having returned from war missing part of one arm, Daniel is convinced no woman would want him. So he keeps his focus on his job as town constable. But even as he searches for the men who are robbing area banks and threatening his community, he cannot shake the vision of Clara's steady gray eyes, the challenge of her quick mind, and the strength of her faith in God. Will Clara and Daniel succeed in keeping love at arm's length? Or will their defenses fall to love's raid?

Key Verse:
Jeremiah 9:23-24 "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me."

Excerpt from Love's Raid:
For a moment, Daniel lost himself in the depths of Clara's charcoal-rimmed, gray eyes. He saw intelligence, and humor, and a liveliness she kept far too hidden. He was drawn to her, as helpless against the tug as metal drawn to a magnet, and he wanted to see more and more of her. "You have made some excellent observations about the robbery."

A pleased surprise lit her face, and he continued. "I would appreciate hearing your insight into this crime. Your feminine intellect" - her eyes flared at this turn of phrase - "approaches the problem from a different angle."

The glare softened.

He plunged ahead. "Are you willing to meet with me from time to time to discuss my progress in the investigation?"

She studied him, one gloved finger on her pursed lips, as if judging the genuineness of his request. The hand lowered and covered her heart. "I believe you mean it, Captain Tuttle."

He held back a smile and nodded.

She shook her head. "Few men of my acquaintance would ask a woman for advice on a criminal matter." She held out her hand. "It would be my honor, sir."

Honor. The word rang hollow in a heart wanting. . .what, he couldn't bring himself to put into words. He took her hand. "To our endeavor. May we find quick success."

Award-winning author and speaker DARLENE FRANKLIN recently returned to cowboy country - Oklahoma. The move was prompted by her desire to be close to her son's family: her daughter Jolene has preceded her into glory.

Darlene loves music, needlework, reading and reality TV. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person. Darlene has published several titles with Barbour Publishing.

Visit Darlene's blog at for information on book giveaways and upcoming titles.

Do you know anyone who is a strong-spirited woman, like Clara?


  1. I love stories about the suffrager movement in the US!

    And I like your new author photo, Darlene!

  2. Erica, Vermont was quite "progressive" in that sense. I loved showing an early believer in the movement for women's suffrage.

    And actually that's an old photo. I love it, too, but things have changed . . .

  3. This is a refreshing plot in a great setting! Your excerpt is an excellent example of your wonderful writing. Love ya, Darlene!

    My Mom is one of those strong-spirited women. Hopefully, I've inherited some of it myself.

  4. Waving at you, Carla! This was a fun book to write. Stop back the next couple of days for the background to Love's Raid and my thoughts on writing about Vermont.

  5. Great post, Darlene! Your book sounds fascinating (LOVE historical romance). ~ One of my older sisters is strong-spirited *smile*. ~ Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo :)

  6. That must have made your childhood interesting, Patti Jo. :) Thanks for commenting.