Monday, July 11, 2011

Yankee Heart by Jennifer A. Davids

This week's featured title is...
Yankee Heart by Jennifer A. Davids
978-1-61626-362-1
HP 960
Historical

Katherine doesn't fit in the North or South.

Katherine Wallace has come north to escape her family's shunning due to her opposing slavery. But as a Southerner, she finds no welcome in Ohio except from a returning Yankee soldier.

Daniel Kirby arrives home after General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, weary from all the death and destruction of war. He longs to return to teaching at a university but feels a pull to remain with his family's farm and to be near the captivating Southern young lady staying with his aunt.

As Daniel and Katherine begin to fall in love, neighbors attempt to force Katherine to return South, while others plot to steal the Kirby farm. Midst the tumultuous aftermath of war, will Daniel and Katherine allow God to heal their hearts and bind them together as one?

Book Excerpt
"Are you Miss Katherine Wallace?"

Her eyes remained wide as she nodded. "How did you know...?"

He gave her an apologetic smile as he removed his hat. "My aunt mentioned you in her letter. I'm very sorry I frightened you."

"That's quite all right, Major Kirby. I'm...very glad you're home safe. Mary's...been so terribly worried."

He frowned and regretted he hadn't at least sent them a telegram before he left. "I'm afraid I received Aunt Mary's letter right as the siege at Petersburg ended. There was very little time to do anything. Then General Lee surrendered..."

"Of course! I...I understand perfectly, Major Kirby." Although her voice shook, it was gentle and reassuring. "And I'm sure Mary will as well."

Daniel looked at her curiously. She had to be one of the very few daughters of the Confederacy he had met who had not instantly hated him on sight. A Southern woman's zeal for the cause was almost legendary. He had been spit on, snubbed, and bad-mouthed a number of times. And unlike other young ladies he'd met, Northern or Southern, she made no attempt to flirt with him. In fact, judging by the way she stumbled over her words, she seemed painfully shy.

Key Verse
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

About the Author
Jennifer A. Davids has lived in Ohio all her life and her family are long-term residents of the state. Her mother's side of the family is from Central and Southern Ohio and her father has traced his side of the family tree back to the early eighteen hundreds. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and feels blessed to have been called to a life of writing for the Lord. She lives in Central Ohio with her husband and two children and sings on the praise team at church. If she's not writing, she's reading, crafting, or watching a favorite movie or TV show - usually in that order!

Question of the Day
How far back can you trace your family tree?

14 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer, my name is Debby Lee. I am an ardent fan of Heartsong Presents books, especially the historicals. I love the Civil War era and your book sounds really great. I hope to see more titles by you in the future. BRW, I can trace by fathers roots back to 1800's Denmark. My mother's side, not so sure.

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  2. Hi, Jen, Congratulations on your debut!

    Various branches of my family tree can be traced back to East-central Ohio in the 1800's, and my husband's family can be traced back to the late 1700's in Switzerland.

    Yankee Heart looks wonderful!

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  3. Congratulations, I'm adding your book to my must read list. It sounds like just the type of story I love to read.

    I've traced family back to England in the 1600's. It's hard to go any further.

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  4. This book sounds amazing--can't wait to read it! I'm not exactly sure how far my family has been traced back, though I know we can get to 1700s Virginia, pre-famine Ireland, and the Mayflower.

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  5. Our family has traced back to the late 1700's moving from Germany into Russia at the time of Catherine the Great, then later to America.

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  6. This book looks so good! I can't wait to read it. Congrats!

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