7 Year Tea Party Winners: Susan Craft's winner of her trilogy novels - The Chamomile, Laurel, and Cassia is: Lucy Reynolds, The winner of a copy of The Backcountry Brides is: Tammy Cordery, the winner of a silver quill charm is: Kathy Maher, Choice of one of three books by Carrie Fancett Pagels in paperback: Joy Ellis, A Bouquet of Brides Collection by Pegg Thomas winner is: Becky Smith, Janet Grunst's Selah-Award winning novel, A Heart Set Free, is: Sherry Moe.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Review of Highland Crossings Novella "Printed on My Heart" by Laurie Alice Eakes

Printed on My Heart
by Laurie Alice Eakes
(Barbour, 2012)

Reviewed by MaryLu Tyndall

Historic North Carolina takes center stage in a new collection of novellas that follows the lives and loves of four women…and the heirloom brooch that connects them through generations. Will Seona, Fiona, Seren, and Brynna find God’s path in a new world far from their Scottish home?

Printed on My Heart is the second story in the Highland Crossings Novella collection and it was an absolute delight to read!  Laurie Alice is one of my favorite authors. She has a way of grabbing you from the very beginning and never letting you go until she gives you a very satisfying ending. This book is no exception. The beginning opens up with the heroine, Fiona, tied to a whipping post about to be whipped by the town's constable for being a vagrant. Oh my!!  I'm hooked. Then along comes a tall, handsome man to the rescue, the son of the town's printer, who has secrets of his own, but a heart as big as the state. He pays for Fiona's release then brings her home to his loving family where she works as a bondswoma to pay off her debt. 

But Fiona has other plans. She is searching for a family heirloom, a precous brooch that her sister brought to the states from Scotland years earlier. Those plans are thwarted when she falls in love with Owain, the man who saved her and who now wins her heart. But Owain is involved in something that brings trouble to the family, and when the town constable threatens to ruin both their lives, will he and Fiona learn to put their trust in God and not in money or a family heirloom to provide what they need?

It's amazing how much romance and fun this author can put into one small novella. You won't want to miss Printed on my Heart!!  

Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes has always loved books. When she ran out of available stories to entertain and encourage her, she began creating her own tales of love and adventure. In 2006 she celebrated the publication of her first hardcover novel. Much to her astonishment and delight, it won the National Readers Choice Award. Besides writing, she teaches classes to other writers, mainly on research, something she enjoys nearly as much as creating characters and their exploits. A graduate of Asbury College and Seton Hill University, she lives in Texas with her husband and sundry animals.

Visit Laurie's website at :  http://lauriealiceeakes.com/

Highland Crossings is available for purchase through Amazon and  at Christianbook.com

Highland Crossings (Romancing America): North Carolina, has four novellas.  We will be reviewing each of the novellas here on CQ.  Tomorrow come by for a review of Jennifer Hudson Taylor's novella.

GIVEAWAY:  We will be giving away a copy of this book later in the week.


  1. This is an author I truly love. Her books uplift and encourage you. Please enter me to win
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

  2. I have never read anything by this author but it sounds like a good one. Maybe I'll win it. That would be great.


  3. This looks like such an interesting blog! How have I never come across it before? I'm a follower now! And I hope I win!

    crandallberries at gmail dot come

  4. I simply love colonial stories. The people never cease to amaze me with their courage to continue to live for God; even against growing odds. I would really like to read this, and hope to win.


  5. I have the other two books in this series. This will be a great addition to my library. This book has many of my favorites Christian, Colonial, Scotland and Historical.
    Laurie it sounds like we are neighbors. I am a Native Texan and Houstonian.
    Please add me to the giveaway please.



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