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Friday, June 3, 2016

Colonial Fiction Release Day, Review, & Giveaway!!! Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter by Carrie Fancett Pagels



It's RELEASE DAY!!! After many years, my colonial novel, set in the 1740s, is out!!! I recently received a Four Star review from Romantic Times, PTL!!!

". . .will leave you laughing and crying. Some surprises along the way add to this enjoyable gem!"   -   RT Book Reviews


This novel from White Rose/Pelican spans France, Germany, the Netherlands, the Atlantic Ocean, and into Colonial America. Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter is now available on Ebook from these retailers:
Apple



The paperback releases in July, 2016.


Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter

Five Stars ***** 
Review by Tina Rice

1742, Eastern France...because of her father's Huguenot beliefs and arrest, aristocrat Suzanne Richelieu, and her seriously ill mother, must escape Versailles—praying they reach safety before they are caught. They reach their prearranged destination only to find it is far from safe and Suzanne must make a difficult choice before she leaves—in disguise—on her own for a safe haven by way of the Aachen Cathedral in western Germany and then the American colonies.

Circumstances bring German peasant, Johan Rousch, and Suzanne together. Johan feels led by God to bring her to safety on his family's farm—risking his life and possibly that of his family. Suddenly Suzanne's brother arrives along with the French army, warning that they plan to burn the area and that her pursuer is not far behind, forcing her and Johan to flee. With no money left, and a relentless pursuer after her, there is only one way to secure passage on board the ship to Philadelphia—become indentured servants. On the long journey to the colonies of America, Suzanne becomes gravely ill and Johan has a Priest on board marry them. However, once she begins to recover, she has no memory of the wedding. And Johan finds himself questioning if they are truly married—since arriving in Philadelphia, he has seen the “priest” who married them aboard the ship dressed as a surveyor and a Quaker cleric, but not as a priest. Is he really a priest and are they really married? What are God's plans for them in the colonies?


Wow! Carrie Fancett Pagels has written a fantastic, gripping story set in the 1700's spanning France, Germany and the American colonies. Suzanne and Johan soon became favorite characters along with her brother and his girlfriend and many interesting secondary characters. In addition to the character who had evil intentions, we clearly see the turmoil as Huguenots were persecuted and even killed for their beliefs. All of which had me reading late into the night to read “just one more chapter” to see would happen next.

I loved Suzanne's strength, courage and devotion to her ailing mother. I loved how Johan turns to and trusts God in all things, following His leading in his life—even if it means danger....and danger follows close behind him and Suzanne as they flee. I enjoyed watching their budding romance despite their class distinctions, which is prohibitive of a romantic relationship between them. I overjoyed to see their spiritual growth—especially Suzanne's as she learns that she must have her own faith and build her own personal relationship with God—a life-changing turning point in her life. They both had to learn to adjust to a new life in a new country, while keeping their unwavering integrity intact.

It is apparent the research for this book has been extensive, giving the reader a glimpse of the turbulent times, the rich history and culture of the early 1700's. The descriptions of each area—France, Germany and the colonies of America—is so well written I could envision them in my mind as I read. I love that Suzanne and Johan's story is based on the author's own family from her families genealogy research.

Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter is a fantastic, gripping story that takes the reader on a journey of suspense, intrigue, secrets, deception and betrayal. Joy, sorrow, grief, hope, integrity, class differences, persecution for a different faith, indentured servitude, courage, romance, fear, spiritual growth—God's provision, love and courage captivate the reader. I highly recommend this book and patiently—well, not so patiently—await the next book.

~I received a PDF copy of this book, this is my honest review~ 

Giveaway: An ebook copy, a beautiful oversized postcards, bookmarks, and Fleur de Lis earrings to one commenter!

This ebook is ON SALE today on the Pelican book site for half off! So Friday, June 3rd, swing by to pick up a copy of Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter (available in three different formats on the site)!

79 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS CARRIE!!
    Celebrating with you on your book release Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter...I loved it!
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thanks Tina, for all your support! God bless you for this wonderful review!!! Big hugs!!!

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS CARRIE! I'm so excited for you! I loved this wonderful story.

    Blessings and (((((HUGS)))))
    Caryl

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    1. Thanks so much, Caryl! I appreciate you coming by! You've been a great encourager!

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    2. Caryl, it is a wonderful story. Thank you for stopping by.
      Blessings, Tina

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  3. Wonderful review, Tina - thank you!! Congrats, Carrie - looking forward to learning more about the Huguenot's and the beautiful story in 'Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter'!!!

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie! I hope you'll enjoy the story! I think this is definitely more your style of book! Blessings!

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    2. Thank you Bonnie. I am sure you will love it too.
      Blessings, Tina

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  4. So excited for you, Carrie! Congratulations on the release of this lovely story!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Britney! This has been a long time coming.

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    2. Britney, thanks for your comments.
      Blessings,Tina

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  5. Congratulations, Carrie!!!!! Great interview and such a beautiful book cover! Going to start reading it soon!

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    1. Thanks, Becky! I hope you'll enjoy reading Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter!

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    2. Thank you Becky.
      I am sure you will enjoy it.
      Blessings, Tina

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  6. Love the cover, looking forward to reading and love the way you make history come alive in your books!

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    1. Andrea, hope you get to read it soon.
      Blessings, Tina

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  7. Thanks for doing the great review,Tina! Makes me look forward to reading Carrie's new book! Congratulations on this new release Carrie! Sounds like an interesting and heartfelt story. Hope to read it soon!

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    1. Thank you Lynne.
      Hope you can read it soon.
      Blessings,Tina

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  8. Great review Tina! Congratulations on your release Carrie! As you know, I love this story.

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    1. Thank you Chappydebbie.
      It is a wonderful story rich with history and so much more.
      Blessings,Tina

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  9. Enjoy the review, Tina. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Lucy. Hope you get to read it soon.
      blessings, Tina

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  10. Congratulations, Carrie! Great review, Tina!! Hugs all around!

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    1. Thank you Regina.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Blessings,Tina

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  11. Tina, I enjoyed your great review. Carrie, I'm so very happy for you. The story is wonderful and I highly recommend it.

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    1. Thanks, Kay! I appreciate your support!

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    2. Thank you Kay.
      Blessings, Tina

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    3. CONGRATS on winning per random.org, Kay!!!

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  12. Love historicals and want to read yours, Carrie! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    1. Thanks, Kathleen! I hope you will enjoy it!

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    2. It is a fantastic story Kathleen, hope you read it soon.
      Blessings,Tina

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  13. Congrats on your release day. Looking forward to reading. Love historical fiction.

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    1. Thanks, Dianne! Very excited about this book finally releasing!

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    2. Dianne, hope you get to read it soon. It is a fantastic book.
      Blessings, Tina

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  14. Congrats on your release day. Looking forward to reading. Love historical fiction.

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  15. Congrats Carrie! Loved this story!

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    1. Thanks, Cheryl! Looking forward to working with you on this next book!

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    2. I agree Cheryl!
      Blessings, Tina

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  16. Congratulations, Carrie. God bless

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    1. Thanks, Lucy! It was quite a day yesterday!

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  17. Congratulations Carrie. I just got my copy from Amazon Kindle. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thanks, Janet and I appreciate you buying the story and reading it! Looking forward to your novel next year!

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    2. Janet, I am sure you will love it!
      Blessings, Tina

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    3. Janet, I can't wait to read your book when it is released!
      Blessings, Tina

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  18. This sounds like such a marvellous read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Mary, wishing you the best on winning a copy and hope you get to read it soon.
      Blessings, Tina

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  19. Nice review. I will be ordering this book!

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    1. I hope you will love the book, Melinda, and thanks for ordering it!

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      Blessings, Tina

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  20. How delightful this book sounds and I am so looking forward to reading and reviewing it. Huge congratulations to Carrie on her new release.

    The history depicted here is my type of read and one learns so much along the way.

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    1. Tina did an amazing review, Connie! Thanks so much for your congratulations! I really enjoyed Launch Day!

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    2. Connie, Carrie did a fantastic job! Hope you get to read it soon.
      Thank you Carrie!
      Blessings, Tina

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  21. I am so excited about Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter!! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. Great interview and Congratulations Carrie!!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie and we'll put your name in the tricornered hat!

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    2. Debbie, wishing you well on winning a copy of this fantastic book!
      Thank you Debbie.
      Blessings, Tina

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  22. This sounds like a good book. I'd love to read it someday.

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    1. Hope you get to read it soon NatureFairy.
      Blessings, Tina

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    2. Thanks so muchI I hope you will read Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter!

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  23. Congratulations Carrie on another wonderful book! Great review Tina. Makes me want to start all over and read it again :)

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    1. Betti, agree, it is that kind of book...one to be read many times.
      Thank you Betti.
      Blessings,Tina

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    2. Thanks, Betti, for wanting to re-read Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter! That is a high compliment indeed!!!

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  24. Looks like an excellent book. Hope you celebrated:)

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    1. Pailofpearls, hope you get to read it soon.
      Blessings, Tina

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    2. I went out and celebrated this release big time, with my daughter and best friend! Thanks!

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  25. If you have never read any books by Carrie please do you will be hooked.

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    1. Karen, agree, Carries' books are awesome!
      Blessings, Tina

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  26. If you have never read any books by Carrie please do you will be hooked.

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    1. You are so sweet, Karen!!! Thanks for saying my readers will be hooked!!!

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  27. Carrie is a wonderful writer and a wonderful person
    Read it You will be enthralled
    Chris granville

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    1. Agree Chris on all three counts.
      Blessings, Tina

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    2. God bless you, Chris! God is good to me to make people think that! The only thing wonderful in me is Christ in me! Hugs!

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  28. Being a reader and a German genealogist this book was right up my alley. Loved it!

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    1. Agree Sonja! German genealogist must be fascinating.
      Blessings, Tina

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    2. Thanks for loving Suzanne and Johan, Sonja! They were a lot of fun and so sweet! It was great putting "you" in one of my books, too!!! Thanks for letting me borrow your name!

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  29. Congratulations, Carrie! I'm looking forward to reading 'your baby'!

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    1. Hope you get to read it soon Debra.
      Blessings, Tina

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    2. Thanks so much, Debra! We're so excited about having you back on CQ with us again! Congrats on your upcoming release!

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