In prior visits, I’ve talked about orphan trains, herbal remedies and mail-order brides.
This visit marks the release of my fourth Love Inspired Historical. Wanted: A Family will hit bookstore and discount store shelves this Tuesday, March 8. Here’s a peek at my story:
Shelter of Hope, the ramshackle Victorian house, is all that widowed mother-to-be Callie Mitchell has left. But she’s going to make that house into a true home—a home where she and her baby will be safe and happy…and where women in need can find refuge. And if that means trusting stranger Jacob Smith to help with repairs, then so be it. Jacob came to town with a handful of old postcards and one goal in mind—to find the mother who’d abandoned him years before. He never planned to stay…and he certainly never planned to care for Callie. Yet as they rebuild the house together, Jacob and Callie also build the family they’ve always wanted.
Building a family is part of the “happily ever after” ending of romance novels. I rarely have the fun of selecting the home for the hero and heroine, but since Callie is a widow, I got to choose her home in Wanted: A Family.
I find architecture fascinating. I especially love Victorian architecture.
Victorian houses aren’t all alike.
Folk Victorian is square and symmetrical with spindled porches and brackets under the eaves.
The more lavish Queen Anne is asymmetrical with towers, turrets, wrap-around porches and details galore. A few years ago on a trip up the Oregon coast, I took the opportunity to see exteriors of several Victorian houses in Astoria.
The pink house is one of the photos I took.
When my story needed a large old house for Callie to give refuge to unwed mothers, I chose a Victorian. Callie’s house is Queen Anne gone to seed. Carpenter Jake will set the house to rights while working his way into Callie’s heart. Mine too. What woman doesn’t love a handy man? ?
Houses—like the people who live there—have a history and Callie’s house is no exception. Do you have an architectural style you’d put in a book if you were creating a setting? Or a style you’d like to own if money and location weren’t a consideration?
Think Cape Cod, Federal, Colonial, Italianate, Greek Revival, Antebellum plantation, Cotswold Cottage, Tudor—the list goes on and on.
Take your pick.
Tell what you love about the style.
Or if architecture isn’t your thing, can you share a legend about a house. Haunted? Criminal activity? Mayhem and murder?
We are privileged to have a variety of antique holiday greetings sent to my husband’s family: Valentine’s Day postcard with a naked cupid clutching a bow and arrow, Easter chicks riding in little buckets on an electric fan Ferris wheel, St. Patrick’s Day shamrocks. Flags for the 4th of July. Thanksgiving with King Turkey perched on his throne.
Each year on the date of his birth, a postcard arrived at the orphanage, the only link to the mother he never knew and is determined to find. If you own antique postcards, share details about the postage, date, and handwritten message on the back or perhaps how you display them.
One day I hope to have the time to investigate the artists/print houses that created our postcards.
Thanks for stopping by and chatting with me today. For a chance to win an autographed copy of Wanted: A Family, please leave a comment.
Thanks, fillies, for inviting me!
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