Review and Giveaway of The Fruitcake Challenge
by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Step back in time to 1890, in beautiful Northern Michigan, near the sapphire straits of Mackinac, when the white pines were “white gold” and lumber camps were a way of life. Jo is ready to find another life outside of the camps and plans that don’t include any shanty boys. But will a lumberjack keep her in the very place she’s sworn to leave? When hope runs out, will God provide a way for Jo to achieve her dreams?
I was very impressed with the research that obviously went into the writing of the book. I was not familiar with the history of logging camps so I thoroughly enjoyed learning about it. The scenery of Northern Michigan sounded breathtaking and made me want to plan a trip headed that way. I also love historical romances and this one is set in 1890. Grab a cup of coffee and ride along in the wagon as Jo and Tom head to town to shop and mail the letters for the camp. Find out if Jo perfects the fruitcake that can rival that of Tom's mother. I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
Giveaway!!!! Carrie F. Pagels has graciously offered to give away a kindle or nook copy of this book to one of my readers. To enter, leave a comment and tell us if you like or hate fruitcake! Leave an email so that I can contact you if you win. For extra entries, share on facebook, twitter, or goggle+. Tell me if you shared it. Giveaway will end on Oct. 14, 2014, at midnight.
Carrie's novella, Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance, was an Amazon Civil War best seller and remained on the top-rated list for a year. Her short story "Snowed In" was published in Guidepost Books A Cup of Christmas Cheer. Nonfiction chapter contribution to Selah Finalist God's Provision in Tough Times by Cynthia Howerter and LaTan Murphy (Lighthouse of the Carolinas, 2013).
Represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency. Founder of Colonial American Christian Writers group. Owner/administrator of the group blogs "Colonial Quills" and "Overcoming With God." Member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Faith-Hope-Love Chapter of RWA, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and FaithWriters.
Was a licensed psychologist for over twenty-five years. Has an adult daughter and a middle school aged son. Married the love of her life, Jeffrey D. Pagels, in 1987.
Carrie is the former ACFW Zone Mid-Atlantic Zone Director and Virginia/West Virginia Area Coordinator and continues to serve as co-hostess of the Tidewater Area Christian Writers group.