We have a winner folks!!

Happy Saturday, readers. Sorry this took so long to pick a winner of Murray’s book, but my to-do list escapes me whenever far from home! Thanks to Jorie for reminding me to pick a winner! We pulled a number out of a hat….and Cheryl Baranski was our winner of The Face of Heaven by Murray Pura. This is one lovely book about the Amish during the American Civil War. Cheryl, if you would contact me at maryeellis@yahoo.com I will see that you get a copy of Murray’s book.

We are completing our second week on the barrier island of Jekyll Island GA. My dear husband is on vacation, but alas I must write here to meet my deadline for book 3 of the New Beginnings series, A Little Bit of Charm. It has been wild here lately. The surf is very high, as is the tide. The naturalist said these are the highest tides in the US. and this is the highest tide time of the year. The difference between high tide and low is a full 9 feet! For someone who lives closes to fresh-water Lake Erie, this is hard to contemplate until you see it for yourself.

I hope you enjoy these photos, and are happily preparing for a blessed Thanksgiving! Have a lovely weekend, readers. and Cheryl, sorry I took so long to honor my promise.

Help me welcome author Murray Pura to Home Thoughts

Good afternoon, readers….

I’m posting a tad later today due to the Frankenstorm. You would think Ohio would be far enough inland to avoid the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, but we just had a huge tree fall in front of our home, totally blocking the highway. The police and Highway Patrol have their hands full. The winds are howling, and it hasn’t stopped raining in 3 days. But today Home Thoughts welcomes Canadian author, Murray Pura. I just finished his book, The Face of Heaven, and I absolutely adored it! Murray combined my three personal favorites in one lovely book that I could not put down: the Amish, American History (namely, the Civil War) and a yummy romance. Here’s a blurb about the book:

Following on the heels of The Wings of Morning, the first book in Murray Pura’s Snapshots in History series, comes this compelling saga of the Civil War. In April 1861, Lyndel Keim discovers two runaway slaves in her family’s barn. When the men are captured and returned to their plantation, Lyndel and her young Amish beau, Nathaniel King, find themselves at odds with their pacifist Amish colony. Nathaniel enlists in what will become the famous Iron Brigade of the Union Army. Lyndel enters the fray as a Brigade nurse on the battlefield, sticking close to Nathaniel as they both witness the horrors of war–including the battles at Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and Antietam. Despite the pair’s heroic sacrifices, the Amish only see that Lyndel and Nathaniel have become part of the war effort, and both are banished.And a severe battle wound at Gettysburg threatens Nathaniel’s life. Lyndel must call upon her faith in God to endure the savage conflict and to face its painful aftermath, not knowing if Nathaniel is alive or dead. Will the momentous battle change her life forever, just as it will change the course of the war and the history of her country.

If you love a good story, one set in a turbulent time in America’s past, I recommend you get a copy of The Face of Heaven. This book has something to appeal to everyone! Murray has graciously agreed to give away a copy of his latest to one of my readers. Please post an answer to this question: How would you deal with the possibility of killing someone during wartime?

I will draw a random winner of The Face of Heaven in one week. Stay warm, stay dry, and stay away from down powerlines, my dear readers!   Mary

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