Monday, October 8, 2012
Review of Carla Olson Gade's "Carving a Future" Novella
Carving a Future, by Carla Olson Gade
Romancing America collection
Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Nathaniel Ingersoll is determined to become a master craftsman, carving ship’s figureheads. He and his brother are Mrs. Ingersoll’s two grown sons. She runs the Red Griffin Inn. Nathaniel apprentices under his elderly arthritic uncle, a bachelor. Heroic Nathaniel intervenes when Constance, abducted by a wicked ship captain, protests that she was kidnapped. Hearing her plight, he offers to purchase her indenture contract.
With his father deceased, money is tight but Mrs. Ingersoll welcomes Constance into their inn, where the young woman has her first experiences in performing domestic duties. Pitifully, in fact, considering that she was a young woman of higher social standing until her parents died and she became a lady’s companion.
This was a delightful novella with lots of colonial details that history lovers will enjoy. Readers who enjoy colonial era Christian romance will be THRILLED with the authenticity of the information included and the lovely heroine and strong hero. Carla has created compelling characters and a lovely tight storyline for this novella. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if it is nominated for an ACFW Carol award next year.
Disclaimer: I read this novella on my Kindle as a download through NetGalley in return for my honest review. My opinions are my own.
Giveaway: Winner receives a copy of this book in either paperback or ebook (international winner ebook only.)