What happens when an Underground Railroad conductor falls in love with a man loyal to the Confederacy? Emily Harrison’s life has turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempts to continue her parents’ work in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm is sold in foreclosure. Now alone and without a home, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor’s family in slave-holding Virginia. Though it’s dangerous, she decides to continue her rescue efforts from there. Alexander Hunt, the doctor’s handsome nephew, does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle’s newest employee. But he cannot take tiThis is book one of a new series of historical romances, the Civil War Heroines series. In each story my Northern heroine must come to terms with her faith during the trials of war. She discovers there are no simple answers to complex problems created by men.me to pursue Emily, for Alexander isn’t what he seems—rich, spoiled, and indolent. He has a secret identity. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a fearless man who fights the war from the shadows, stealing Union supplies and diverting them to the Southern cause. The path before Alexander and Emily is complicated. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they trust God with the challenges they face to provide them with a bright future?
This sounds good! Is this book part of a new series, or a stand alone?
This is book one of a new series of historical romances, the Civil War Heroines series. In each story my Northern heroine must come to terms with her faith during the trials of war. She discovers there are no simple answers to complex problems created by men.
Has there been any particular book that was easier to write than the rest? If so, do you know why?
I guess my two novellas, and not just because they’re shorter. Sarah’s Christmas Miracle was easy to write since it’s based on real-life people at the bed-and-breakfast where I stay while in Amish Country. And Always in my Heart from An Amish Miracle was easy to write because my husband and I were spending a month on an island off the coast of Georgia at the time. Although it was chilly November, walking the beach every morning was inspirational! I returned to our condo eager to write!
How will you be spending Christmas this year?
It’s still up in the air. But since we traveled to see family for Thanksgiving, we’ll probably be home alone. We’ll attend church on the eve, wake up and open gifts Christmas morning, and then eat an entire stuffed turkey just the two of us!! Ya gotta do, what ya gotta do….
Sounds good to me. 🙂 Thanks for spending the week of Christmas with us Mary. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Mary is giving away one print copy of The Quaker and the Rebel. If you would like to be entered to win please answer the following question. Do you remember your grandparents talking about the Civil War when you were a child? If so, did they slant the story in one direction or the other?
Rules: There must be at least ten qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. Drawing ends December 29, 2013. The winner will be notified on December 30th. Open to U.S. address only. Void where prohibited by law.
Mary Ellis has written ten bestselling novels set in the Amish community. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate. Living in Harmony, book one of her current series won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction. An Amish Miracle, a collection of novellas will release in December from Harper Collins. She is currently working on a three-book historical romance series set during the Civil War. The Quaker and the Rebel releases January 1st from Harvest House. She can be found on the web at: