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Guest Post from Carrie Fancett PagelsHi, 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!
I 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!
When 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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My thoughts: This is an interesting story about a time in history that I didn't know a lot about, the Huguenots persecution in France and how some of them were forced to seek refuge in other countries, so they could practice religious freedom. I like that the characters in this story are based on actual people.
While there were times that it seemed like the story bounced around a bit, I still found it to be an interesting read and enjoyed getting to know the characters as they went on an adventure to the Americas.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
In addition to the giveaway above for the Kindle Fire, Carrie is also giving away a copy of the ebook on my blog. All you have to do is comment below to be entered into the giveaway!
Thanks for having me on, Amanda! Glad you enjoyed the story! Blessings!ReplyDelete
Congrats, You know You are a Rock Star to me! This books sound very interesting. It will be on my TBR list especially since I too come from French Huguenot Family in Paul Revere. Be Blessed!
You are so cute, Justina!!! I love your Rock Star comment! That's how I feel around my fave authors, especially when I first met them at the ACFW conference! That is cool about your family background!!!Delete
Carrie, Your research is so interesting and personal to your heart. May all our generations find the Lord as their own! I saw my paternal grandfather's mention of his death and community involvement, in a newspaper clipping in a binder at the Wisconsin State Historical Society. That was thrilling ~ he died before I was born. A connection through history. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill HouseReplyDelete
That is really neat, Kathleen! To find that in the WI State Historical Society, how cool is that? Great to think of all those who came before us, praying for us. I pray for my descendants, too!Delete
Can't wait to read this!! :)ReplyDelete
I hope you'll enjoy it, Ladette! Can't wait for the release!Delete
Can I just say I absolutely LOVE this book! So fun to see what other people are thinking about it! :DReplyDelete
I am so glad! Looking forward to reading your review, Sydney!!!Delete
I don't know anything about the Huguenots and their struggles, so am looking forward to reading 'Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter' to learn more. Congrats on your accomplishments with their story, Carrie!!ReplyDelete
I love that you found inspiration through genealogy research!ReplyDelete
Carrie, I love how you weave history into your stories! :)ReplyDelete
I love that Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter is based on your family's history. You wrote a fantastic, gripping story! I loved it.
P. S. I am not entering the contest...
This is a story set in such an interesting time period. I love reading books that are based on good research.ReplyDelete
BONNIE, so much of the Huguenot history is so depressing. They sure were persecuted!ReplyDelete
HEIDI. now I need to get my National DAR application finished!
CARYL, that is what I like to read and what I like to write!
TINA, thanks so much for being there for me! Hugs!
KAY, I was glad to pick an unusual time period. 1740s is not a time you normally see for fiction!