September Tea Party Winners: Janet Grunst's -- A Heart For Freedom for Chappy Debbie
audible of A Heart Set Free for Lucy Reynolds Roseanna White's is Wilani Wahl -- Debra E. Marvin's -- Kailey Behrendt paperback of Dangerous Deception, Carrie Fancett Pagels' -- The Victorian Christmas Brides collection goes to Nancy McLeroy!
October Tea Party winner for The Cumberland Bride goes to Teri DiVincenzo!!

Friday, September 14, 2018


My second novel A Heart For Freedom releases October 1st, 2018, It takes place in Virginia during the first eighteen months of the Revolutionary War. While this is a stand-alone story, it picks up five years after A Heart Set Free ended. Heather and Matthew Stewart live on their farm and now also manage an ordinary, providing rest and food for hungry travelers.

The Revolutionary War was America’s first civil war. By 1775, the conflict in the colonies had escalated between Loyalists and Patriots. John Adams was known to have said that about thirty-three percent of the American populace supported the Patriot cause, thirty-three percent sided with the Loyalists, and thirty-three percent were undecided.

While many men and boys took up arms against the British, those at Stewarts’ ordinary and the surrounding Virginia countryside were not immune from the strife, pitting friends, neighbors, and families against each other.

Here is the blurb from the back of the book:

Matthew Stewart wants only to farm, manage his inn, and protect his family. But tension between the Loyalists and Patriots is mounting. When he’s asked to help the Patriots and assured his family will be safe, he agrees.

She’s seen the cost of fighting England, and she wants no part of it.
In Scotland, Heather Stewart witnessed the devastation and political consequences of opposing England. She wants only to avoid war and protect the family and peace she finally found in Virginia. But the war drums can be heard even from home in the countryside, and she has no power to stop the approaching danger.

The consequences are deadly.
When Matthew leaves for a short journey and doesn’t return, Heather faces the biggest trial of her life. Will she give up hope of seeing him again? Will he survive the trials and make his way home? What will be the consequences of his heart for freedom?

I hope those who read the story enjoy it and consider writing a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

Now, I return to my writing cave to finish the third story which focuses on the younger generation and takes place toward the end of the war.

Janet is a wife, mother of two sons, and grandmother of eight who lives in the historic triangle of Virginia (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown) with her husband. Her debut novel, A Heart Set Free was the 2016 Selah Award winner for Historical Romance. A lifelong student of history, her love of writing fiction grew out of a desire to share stories that communicate the truths of the Christian faith, as well as entertain, bring inspiration, healing, and hope to the reader. 

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  1. This is a great sequel to a wonderful book! Congrats, Janet!!

  2. Sounds like a great story. Haven't had the pleasure of reading either, but I will add them to my "want" list. Thanks for the post.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Connie. I hope you enjoy the stories.

  3. I'm looking forward to reading your new book, Janet. I enjoyed the first one so much.

    1. Thank you, Andrea. I hope you enjoy the second one also.

  4. Both of these books sound great and I will add them to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Congratulations, Janet! I will be glad to post tweets and/or FB articles if you send me links at elvacmartin@gmail.com Blessings, Elva Martin www.elvamartin.com

  6. Just received this as a prize. Looking forward to reading it! Thanks Janet!

  7. Congratulations, Janet. Would never pass up a colonial story--or "A Heart for Freedom"! Have ordered it!

  8. This is a new-to-me author. I love that!
    Both books look inviting. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Congratulations! You are a new author to me.

  10. Very interesting, you are a new author to me I'm excited 2 learn more about you and the books you write. rose blackard (at)Gmail (dot ) com

  11. Congrats on your book! You are a new author to me.

  12. Congratulations Janet! I really enjoyed A Heart For Freedom.
    Blessings, Tina


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