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Thursday, August 11, 2016

New Release -- A HEART AT HOME (Everlasting Heart Series 3) by Sara Barnard

Sanderson Redding is set to go west to a waiting job as an Indian Agent—if Charlotte agrees. Leaving their home in Arkansas isn’t easy, but there’s not much left of Altrose—and no jobs for men with families. War veteran Jerry Thomas has secured positions for himself and Sanderson in California, but they must leave immediately. With a heavy heart, Charlotte bids goodbye to her father, Minerva, and Cotton. There’s no time to spare, and they set out early the following day for California.

Travel is hard on Charlotte, who is pregnant, but she finds a new measure of determination to face what comes their way—including a prairie fire, hostile Indians, and a hard childbirth she is afraid she might not survive.

But the demons of Sanderson’s military life refuse to be left behind, as he finds himself embroiled with the Earp brothers and a lady of the night who carries a grudge against Charlotte.  Will Charlotte and Sanderson’s marriage withstand the turmoil they must overcome?  And should they survive the journey through a hostile, wild country, will they find happiness in an unfamiliar place that drove them west and took them from their beloved Arkansas home?

EXCERPT

      A heavy chunk of coldness fell upon her shoulder. “Sanderson!”
     A fist-sized ball of ice hit Achilles on the rump. He reared. Somehow, Charlotte managed to keep her soggy seat. “Somebody, help!”
     “Cover your head, Charlotte,” Sanderson shouted through the din. But his words were lost in the swirling storm.
     For a moment, the panic cleared. Get under a tree!
     Charlotte thought. Ride out the storm. Her horse, though, was in no mood to be placated or to take cover.
     “Achilles is spooked from the hail!” she called to the men who had, moments before, been mere feet from her. It was no use. She lost control to the chunks of falling ice. The more hail that pelted down, hammering him from head to rump, the more spooked Achilles became.
     Before anyone could come to her rescue, Achilles was running flat out into the blinding storm. Due north, away from Sanderson. Away from Jerry. Away from their destination. And straight toward Breakneck Canyon.

              

10 comments:

  1. Taking the journey with Charlotte and Sanderson must have been exhilarating and trying. One so wants them to be happy. Thank you for a wonderful family story. Doris

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    1. Thank you Doris! This excerpt is actually real -- from my Forest Service days :-) only it was me on the horse (Old Blue) instead of Charlotte! Thank you for stopping by!!

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  2. Sara,

    Holey Moley! You left me with a cliffhanger... literally. *wink* Congratulations on your new release. One, eight, or eighty--release day is always exciting.

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    1. Thank you Kaye!! Yes, you are so right!!!

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  3. How exciting! I love this series. I can hardly wait to read it.

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  4. This couple certainly has its share of challenges heading west. I enjoyed your excerpt and especially since I saw in your comment that this situation actually happened to you. It's so interesting when an author includes a real life experience.
    I want to wish you great success with your new release, Sara.

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Yes, I try to throw as many life experiences in there as I can :-)

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  5. Sara, I always enjoy seeing what's just around the bend for Charlotte and Sanderson. They've been through so much already! I can't wait to see what's next for them.

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  6. WOW! Sara. Another one about Sanderson. I'm so looking forward to this one since I adored the other two. And I'm sure Charlotte continues to get stronger and stronger. Keep them coming. Wishing you the best.

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