1. I hear you have animals in your novel, Heart’s Journey. Tell us about the book.
Heart’s Journey, book two of the Heart’s Desire series, is set on a farm in 1880 Iowa. Julia is from an upper-class family in Boston who met and fell in love with Jacob while he was in Boston helping at his uncle’s jewelry store. She had never been in a kitchen, let alone on a farm, but after a lot of prayer, God made a way for them to be together. Jacob dreamed of having a farm of his own and on the recommendation of a friend, he and Julia went to Iowa.
Farms have animals, and Julia was nervous about being around them at first. At one point she asked if cows and chickens bite, then was upset to learn she would be feeding animals they would later eat. There are also barn cats. One makes a surprise appearance later in the story.
After many mishaps, Julia asks a neighbor for help and gains confidence as she learns to cook, garden and handle other household duties. Jacob and Julia grow closer, but a personal loss for Julia triggers a disagreement leading to estrangement and deeper issues Jacob must confront. Can their faith in God bring forgiveness and reconciliation?
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2. Why did you add animals to this book?
I’m an animal lover, and you can’t have a farm in the 1880s without cows, chickens, pigs and horses, so it worked well. We have two cats and a little dog in our house that keep things interesting:
3. What other books have you written?
Heart’s Desire is book one of the Heart’s Desire series. Here is the book blurb:
In 1880 Boston, Julia Phillips’s father betroths her to wealthy Lucien Harris to cover up a tragic secret. She has no interest in Lucien, but Jacob Anderson, a kind jewelry store clerk has captured her attention. Can she put off Lucien long enough to convince her parents to accept a man who isn’t in the upper-class?
Jacob works with his uncle in Boston, but when he has enough money, he plans to buy land for a farm in Iowa. When Julia walks into their store, his priorities change. Their mutual attraction grows into love, and he wants to be the man she marries. But how can he with so little money?
Julia feels increasing pressure from Lucien to pretend she’s happy about the upcoming wedding. Then, she discovers the arranged marriage is based on blackmail. Her family will be ruined if she doesn’t comply.
Will God make a way for Jacob and Julia to have their heart’s desire?
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I also have two stand-alone titles. Lighter Than Air, like the Heart’s Desire books, is a Christian historical romance set near Brighton, England in 1900.
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Mountain Prophecy is a young adult Christian historical fiction with romantic elements set in 1918 in the Appalachian Mountains.
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4. How do you promote your books?
Blog interviews, sales promotions, and talking it up on Facebook and Instagram.
5. Where can readers learn more about your books and connect with you online?
My website (https://www.lindahooverbooks.com) is a great place to find out about me and my books. I encourage you to browse all the pages. On the BOOKS page, you can read a blurb about each book and go to the sales page by clicking the cover of the title you’re interested in.
On my website, you can subscribe to my newsletter that will keep you up to date on my writing, activities, and giveaways. You’ll also receive a copy of a novella, Joel & Ella, by clicking on the Joel & Ella cover or the signup box at the bottom of the page. Or you can click this link: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/itgsd090xu
You can also find me on Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bookbub. This LinkTree address will take you to my social media or website destination of your choice: http://linktr.ee/lindahooverbooks
From Marcia: Thank you, Linda, for being my October interviewee! I love discovering novels that feature animals and pets, and I look forward to reading your books!
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