Tuesday, July 30, 2019

"The Brightest Hope" Release Week ~ I'm throwing a party!

You're invited to my virtual launch party this Friday, 8/2/19, on Facebook,

from 10 am-8 pm central time (11-9 eastern).
Details at the end of the post.
A rhythm of Hope beats deep in the heart of every human being. Sometimes, we get discouraged when our hopes do not come to fruition--at least in our time frame. Other times, we hope for the wrong things. Things we might regret longing for later. But always there is that right and true hope that, when it blooms brightly, brings us unspeakable joy. Scripture tells us "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life" (Proverbs 13:12).

With that thought, I present to you The Brightest Hope, my third and final novel in the Echoes of the Heart series, set in post-WWI Wisconsin, 1924. Here's what two other authors of that time period say about the story:

"With a deft pen, Naomi Musch delivers a unique story of loss and redemption with a grace much needed in this difficult world. War leaves destruction in its wake, not only in the trenches but tearing at the hearts of those left behind, yet The Brightest Hope offers just that. Hope. Hope in love. Hope in faith. And hope in second chances."
    ~ J'nell Ciesielski, award-winning author of Among the Poppies.

"The Brightest Hope successfully captures the energy of the 1920s, with characters striving for a brighter future amid rapid social change and lingering memories of the Great War. This engaging story of love, loss, and second chances will lift your spirit and touch your heart."
   ~Jennifer Lamont Leo, author of You're the Cream in My Coffee and Ain't Misbehavin'

Five years after the Great War...

Holly Allen is a well-adjusted war widow with a knack for running the family press. She's over the days of waiting for a white knight to ride in and sweep her away from her cares. Besides, if Hugh Phelps is a knight, he's certainly a black one—with his prison record, personal demons, and the ghosts of war that haunt him. 
When Holly hires Hugh, despite her reservations, it isn't long before she sees the man he could really be, and as Hugh finds his niche at Allen's Printing, he finds his lady boss equally appealing. Despite their attraction, however, Holly won't let herself fall for a faithless man, and Hugh isn't on gracious terms with God. 
Then, just when new beginnings seem possible, old heartaches from the war come calling. Now it might only be in letting go of everything dear that they both discover what real love is. 

The first two books in the series currently remain on sale for $2.99 each. The Brightest Hope is still available at the pre-order price also, but will go up soon.

About That Party

The Brightest Hope book launch party runs from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. central time, Friday August 2nd. I will be most active from 10 a.m.-noon. and 6-8 p.m., but I will pop in and out during the entire day to chit-chat. The party theme (maybe obviously?) is HOPE. Updated information will be posted on the party page. There will be prize drawings for books, AND...

This needs a drum roll ~~~~~~

I'm having a special guest! My own sweet cover model and photographer Jessamyn Gehl will join me sometime during the early segment. We hope to make it a live interview (praying for no techno-glitches!) She's a little nervous about it, but she's bubbly by nature, so I think you'll be entertained. :)

I hope you can take part!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Dickens Would Be Pleased ~ A Review of The Seamstress by Allison Pittman

Allison Pittman has written a fabulous work of historical fiction set during the French Revolution, in which she uniquely portrays the revolution from the years leading up to and during the event, and from both inside Paris and in the outlying French countryside.


I had to wait a few days to write this review. I had to take it in—the story, the bigness, the voices of the characters. This ambitious novel is what I would classify as real literature, told from the points of view of cousins, one in first person, one in third. The first-person point of view almost prevented me from picking up the book, not because I’m against first person, it’s just not my favorite. HOWEVER, Ms. Pittman not only wrote the first-person voice beautifully, she moved seamlessly between the first and third character, giving a whole new depth of perspective to the story.

I also loved that all the characters are flawed, some in big obvious ways, others more subtly, yet even the subtle flaws have huge impact on their lives. They are human. So human in fact, that this is only the second story in a long time to make me cry.

People, it's SO GOOD.

The Seamstress is based upon a minor character in Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities. I believe Mr. Dickens would be pleased to be associated with Ms. Pittman’s work. I think it will end up at the end of 2019 as one of my favorite books of the year.

As of the date of this review, it's on mark-down sale on Amazon.

(I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which I am happy to give.)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Longing, Change, and Love Deferred ~ A Review of A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

When I found out that one of my favorite authors, Laura Frantz, was releasing a new novel with a highlander hero coming to Colonial America, I let out a peal of delight. I admit that part of that reason was because I was in the throes of penning my own highlander-come-to-the-colonies novella, and I wanted to see how a popular author like Ms. Frantz handled it, but largely, it was because she always, always comes through with a marvelous story. A Bound Heart is no exception. Spanning the Atlantic Ocean from Scotland's craggy shores to Colonial Virginia and the Jamaican Islands, Ms. Frantz weaves a story the longing for home, of change when the future isn't ours to control, and especially of love deferred.

In A Bound Heart, the author not only touched on a spectacular tale of romance, peril, and adventure, but she delved into another era of history I've long enjoyed studying, that of the indentures that came to the new world for so many reasons and were "bound out" for so many more. In A Bound Heart we find characters from various stations of society, all bound together as prisoners from Scotland. First their is the Laird of Kerrara--Magnus Macleisch--and what a hero he is. He is conflicted, intelligent, and oh-so-handsome. His love interest, Lark McDougal, lives in a humble croft with her granny, but she has long had links to life in the Macleisch castle and brings life-saving healing to the people on her island. Another character who I really liked was "the captain" - Rory MacPherson. Rory was a dangerously intriguing character, handsome and devilish. Below is a spoiler about Rory.

SPOILER ALERT: Don't read this if you haven't read the book yet. But if you have, go ahead. 
I'd like to know your thoughts. 

I feel like Rory was very complex, and he brought something really special to this story, even though we all knew he wasn't right for Lark. I was sad to hear that he was killed at the end. Unless...does Ms. Frantz have a sequel in mind? Is it truly the last we've heard from the notorious captain? I really have no idea, but if this were my book, I'd definitely bring him back for some redemption.