Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter Blog Tour

June 5, 2016

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Purchase your copy of Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter here.

My Review:

I have had a very hectic year. Nothing really out of the ordinary or anything in particular has kept me busy, just life. I’ve been so hectic/busy, I’ve struggled with reading! (I know ya’ll have no idea what that is like. How you can’t find the time or energy to do what you love most – READ.) I saw the offer for this great new blog tour awhile back and I decided that this was definitely the book to get me reading again. I started this book about a week ago on my Kindle App on my phone. It read very different than other books. The characters seemed more real, had more struggles, and more triumphs than many that I’ve read. The era and the area were for the most part new to me, at least in this sense. I’ve heard of Versailles and the Palatinate, but this brought new light to the locations.

Normally, my favorite character in a story is the heroine – in this one, not so much. Johan was my favorite. It’s odd and out of character for me, I know. Check out Saving The Marquise’s Granddaughter and you will see why. I hope to read more of Carrie Fancett Pagels’ work in the future. She is definitely going to be a name that we hear more often with the unique perspective and delivery of this novel.

The background on how she even came across the idea for the novel was near and dear to my heart. I LOVE GENEALOGY. I’ve just gotten away from it in recent years. Mrs. Pagels story makes me want to revisit it – soon! Check out her story below.

Be sure to check out the giveaway as well!

*I received this book from Celebrate Lit and the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book

SavingTheMarquisesGranddaughter_w11911_750-182x300In a land fraught with religious strife, they must break the barriers between status and faith to forge a fresh future in a new world… After her Huguenot father is arrested, aristocrat Suzanne Richelieu escapes Versailles. Handsome German peasant, Johan Rousch, risks his life to bring her to the safety of his family’s farm in the Palatinate duchy, but when Suzanne’s brother and the French army arrive with a warning that they plan to burn the area, she and Johan are forced to flee. With no money or options, both become indentured servants in exchange for safe passage to Philadelphia. Suzanne falls gravely ill aboard ship and marries Johan, only to survive with no memory of the wedding—a reality made worse when Johan spots the “priest” who married them working as a surveyor and later in Quaker cleric garb. Are their wedding vows valid? When Suzanne’s former fiancé arrives in port, planning to abduct her, Johan must save her again—but can he do so before Suzanne is lost to him forever?

About the Author

Carrie-headshot-150x150Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Guest Post from Carrie Fancett Pagels

Hi, I’m Carrie Fancett Pagels, so excited to see this particular book “baby”, Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter, finally being “born!” I started working on this over eight years ago!

Roush-book-1-150x150Would you believe it was a genealogical search that began this story? We had a lot of research on my father’s side of the family but not on my mother’s. Sites like Ancestry.com were getting big. One of my mother’s cousins posted the genealogy that he’d found, on one of the genealogy sharing sites and I got that information but only back to where I found two Rousch cousins marrying. I honestly didn’t want to go on after that, as it appeared they were first cousins – yikes! But after praying about it, and knowing my mom was curious, too, I went forward.
While I am interested in genealogy, as a former psychologist, I’m more interested in people’s stories. So when I discovered that the two cousins were the grandchildren of Johan Adam Rousch, who had been acknowledged because nine of his ten sons had fought in the American Revolution, I wanted to know more about him and his family and ancestors. Since there were books already written about him, I went up to the University of Virginia Rare Books Library and read what people had to say about the real life Johan. He sounded fascinating. He was an immigrant from the Palatinate of Germany and lived in the western part of Virginia, after immigrating via Pennsylvania.

colonial-Patriot-marchers-DSCN4653-150x150I had joined the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) group and had been working on a novel set in the Charleston, South Carolina area, where I’d previously lived. I got so interested in Johan and his story that I began to write. But I couldn’t wrap my mind around Susanna, his real life wife who likely also came from the Palatinate, possibly on the same ship. No matter how I tried to work on her, through various writing classes I took, I couldn’t make her “real” because she just wasn’t speaking to me. I tried and I have the old scenes to prove it!

rousch-monument-150x150When I write, I pray. I asked God to show me scriptures for each scene, which were included on my rough drafts (they are not there in the final novel.) I did some research, at the library, and a massive tome about the Hundred Years War was recommended to me and one on European History from that time frame. By learning of some of the reasons the Palatinate was persecuted, such as the French punishing them for taking in Protestants, I began to imagine a different sort of heroine for my story. Of course, although the story was inspired by Johan and Susanna, this book is fictional. That freed me up for God to inspire me to make this story about faith. A core tenet of the book is that we must find our own faith – we cannot “borrow” it from someone else!

Since I was still practicing as a psychologist, as I developed Suzanne’s character I included traits that would be common in someone is the situation she was in. She’s living in an aristocratic French family, with parents who are actually of the Huguenot faith. If they are discovered there can be drastic consequences, including death. So a young lady like that may become more obsessive and compulsive as a way of dealing with that anxiety.

I hope those who read this story will be inspired by the message of overcoming and of finding one’s own path to faith in the Lord!!!

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Giveaway

Kindle-grand-prize-meme-300x300To celebrate her tour, Carrie is giving away a Kindle Fire 7, one signed copy of Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter along with Postcard & bookmark and Fleur de Lis Earrings. Click the link to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/9a1a

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Caryl Kane June 7, 2016

Carrie, I love how I am swept away to another time in your wonderful stories.

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2 Carrie Fancett Pagels June 7, 2016

Thanks for the review and for having me on your blog! Johan is one of my favorite characters and he is very real to me. I’ve spent a lot of time with him over the years. He’s a wonderful hero. Thanks for loving him, too!

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