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Celebrate Lit Tour Ellie's Escape by Linda Shenton Matchett


About the Book

Book: Ellie’s Escape

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: March 25, 2022



She’s running for her life. He needs a trophy wife. They didn’t count on falling in love.

Ellie Wagner is fine being a spinster school teacher. Then she witnesses a bank hold up and can identify the bandits. Fellow robbery victim Milly Crenshaw happens to run the Westward Home & Hearts Matrimonial Agency so she arranges for Ellie to head West as a mail-order bride. But her groom only wants a business arrangement. Can she survive a loveless marriage?

Banker Julian Sheffield is more comfortable with numbers than with people, but he’s done well for himself. Then the bank president tells him that in order to advance further he must marry in six weeks’ time. The candid, unsophisticated woman sent by the agency is nothing like he expected, but time is running out. When her past comes calling, does he have what it takes to ensure their future?

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About the Author

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star-Spangled Banner fame). Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

More from Linda

Dear Reader,

One of my favorite tropes to use in a story is the proverbial “fish out of water,” so when it came time for me to brainstorm the idea for Ellie’s Escape, I made a list of situations that would be uncomfortable for my protagonists (see what we writers do to our poor characters?).

As a result, I sent my female protagonist from the crowded city of Boston, Massachusetts (population 362,000) to the remote reaches of Gunnison, Colorado (population 888) where because of its location in the Rocky Mountains is one of the coldest places in winter in the United States. Compared to Boston’s elevation of 141’, Gunnison’s elevation of over 7,700 feet had to seem dizzying to my poor girl. The research into Gunnison was very fun, and I was able to use my boss as a subject matter expert because he’d lived there for several years before moving to New Hampshire. I gave my painfully shy male protagonist a gregarious mail-order bride that he doesn’t quite know what to do with.

Here are a few fun facts about Gunnison:

  • The Gunnison River drops an average of forty-three feet per mile through Black Canyon which is SIX times more than the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

  • Standing at 2,250 feet from river to rim, Black Canyon’s Painted Wall is the tallest cliff in Colorado, and nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building.

  • The town is named for a man who only stayed for three days – explorer John W. Gunnison who was searching for a route for the transcontinental railroad.

  • A little-known site for gold and silver mining, Gunnison and the surrounding area produced a reported 130,000 ounces of gold.

  • Gunnison residents isolated themselves during the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918. All highways were barricaded near the county lines, and train conductors warned passengers that if they got off the train in Gunnison, they’d be arrested and quarantined for five days.

Comment and name a fun fact about where you live for your chance to win the grand prize.

Blessings,

Linda Shenton Matchett


Blog Stops

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Book Looks by Lisa, February 13

Texas Book-aholic, February 15

deb’s Book Review, February 16

Mary Hake, February 20




Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Visa Gift Card and signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


My Review:


I enjoyed this book, but the hero was a hard sell at first--I might have put the book away had I not been a reviewer for the Celebrate Lit tour.


I did receive this book free as part of Celebrate Lit tours, but the opinions are my own.


Once again, I truly enjoyed the history aspects and love well-researched books. However, the hero was a real snob to begin with and had to go through quite a bit of redemption to become a viable romantic interest for our heroine. I also found some issues with the storyline--didn't the heroine have parents at the beginning who resented the man who left her at the altar and then they went away later or did I get confused? That sometimes happens, but...


Once the hero started transforming, I enjoyed the story but hang in there to get there.


I want to add that I love the Wild West atmosphere and the telling of a different aspect of the West--not a cowboy, but a banker. Not your typical mail-order bride, but a woman running from fear. Love the unusual aspects!

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Convidado:
21 de fev. de 2023

I love her dress! I'm excited to read this!

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21 de fev. de 2023
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Jessica Beard

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Convidado:
14 de fev. de 2023

Thank you for hosting.

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
15 de fev. de 2023
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You are welcome--and thank you for stopping by!

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Debra Pruss
Debra Pruss
12 de fev. de 2023

Thank you so much for sharing. I love the cover. God bless you.

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
15 de fev. de 2023
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I love the cover, too! I wonder how they make these--does someone actually sew those dresses and model them? Blessings to you as well!

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Roxanne Cruz
Roxanne Cruz
12 de fev. de 2023

I will enjoy this unique Western romance, and I look forward to Julian's path of redemption.

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
12 de fev. de 2023
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Roxanne, thanks for commenting! It is unique and a good read. :)

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Convidado:
12 de fev. de 2023

Thanks for sharing!

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
12 de fev. de 2023
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Thank you for stopping by!

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