19 October 2012

Teresa Mathews Reviews Carving A Future by Carla Olson Gade

Colonial Courtships
5 Stars****
Novella One of Colonial Courtships (Romancing America)
 (Barbour Publishing, Oct. 2012) 
In this first book in the Colonial Courtships Novella Carla starts us on our colonial times journey by taking us back to 1753 to Glassenbury, Connecticut. There we are introduced to the Ingersoll men, Nathaniel, Jonathan, Micah and Alden and as the title suggests these young men may be meeting some very lovely young ladies but the fun of it is how they will meet.

Constance Starling is not sure she will survive this horrible nightmare she has had to endure since she was abducted from her home in England. Half starved and almost dead from thirst she fears she will never see freedom again. Captain Smout thinks to sell Constance as an indentured servant and as providence would have it she is rescued by a handsome kind stranger that reluctantly agrees to buy her contract. Will he believe her story when she tells him she has been abducted?

Nathaniel Ingersoll was not expecting to come home with anything other than their needed supplies. But he couldn’t leave that poor girl lying on the deck of that ship with the evil Captain Smout. Now Nathaniel is the not­ so proud owner of a very sick indentured servant that his family doesn’t need and cannot afford but even worse he had to agree to repair Capt. Smout’s figurehead on his ship to pay for her. Is the story she told him true? Could she really have been taken against her will? What will happen when Nathaniel starts to spend more time with Constance? Could it be God has a plan in all that has happened?

Carla does a wonderful job setting the stage for this great novella. The characters are exciting and their stories are quite appealing. Thanks Carla for this enjoyable read!

Colonial Courtships is available in print and ebook at CBD. The Book Club Network store Barnes and Noble and AmazonThe Shadow Catcher's Daughter is available at Signed by the AuthorGiveaway:  A copy of either of Carla's books, paperback or ebook (Ebook only for international winners.) 

This giveaway is for followers of this blog who also follow Colonial Quills.  You can also get an extra entry if you follow Carla's blog (Carla's follower box is on the left on her blog.)  You get an entry for each of those that you follow so you have up to three entry counts.  
Put OTT if you follow us, CQ for Colonial Quills, and COG for Carla Olson Gade followers.
Question:  What kind of novellas do you most enjoy reading?  


42 comments:

  1. Very nice review, TERESA! Sounds like a great novella!

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  2. A very nice review. As for novellas that I enjoy reading: mysteries, thrillers, and of course romance.

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  3. Great review, TERESA! Can't wait to read one of CARLA'S books!

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  4. MARIAN thank you. It's a really good novella. Carla did a wonderful job starting it off, introducing the main characters. Just perfect!

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  5. DIANA I have it on my kindle so when you are ready I can loan you this one. It's a good novella! :)

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  6. Nice review, Teresa!
    I love novellas that are historical. I'm a genealogy nut, so I love all types of history.
    Follower of OTT and CQ.
    Amy C
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  7. AMY I love history too, I know you will like Carla's book.

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  8. I'm honored by this wonderful review of Carving a Future! **blushing** I am glad that it did its job in setting up the rest of the novella collection. I enjoy reading the summary of the novella in a reader's own words because it lets me know if the reader "got it" or not, and you did, Theresa! Thank you very much for your kind words.

    So nice to see many familiar commenters! Thank you for stopping by to read Theresa's review.

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  9. Amy, I guess you've figured out by now that I'm a genealogy nut, too!! I'm glad I'm in good company.

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  10. I like to read historical novella, thanks for the comments on this book, sounds like a wonderful story.
    Paula O(kyflo130@Yahoo.com)

    OTT-CQ

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  11. PAULA you will love this book if you love history!

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  12. I loved this book, too, Teresa! Great review! I think she will be up for a Carol award for sure!

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  13. Historical novellas are my favorite kind of read. This one sounds like a wonderful story! :)

    samanthaakuiper(at)gmail(dot)com

    OTT-CQ

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  14. CARRIE I loved it too.

    SAMANTHA It is a marvelous book. Good Luck in the drawing!

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  15. oh this sounds like a lovely book thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  16. Sweet review TERESA! Lol, I'll have to definitely add this to my to-read list as well, it sounds great! Love a handsome hero, and love to be inspired always at how God can and does work all things together for good!

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  17. Inlove reading history novellas. I am a history buff. I was born and raised in
    Boston. It has a very rich history during the colonial times. In fact, i amnion vacation in Boston/ New Hampshire/aide during the beautiful fall foliage. Beautiful cover !!! Interesting review !!! I would love to win this book !! Count me in !!!

    JKTerrazas09@aol.com

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  18. WOW, JK! I was up there some years back and LOVED it in the Boston area in October! Hey, we need to know how many times to count you!

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  19. A very good interview Teresa. Would love to have some books by Carla, Please give me 3 entries. I follow OTT, CQ, and COG. I love so many kinds of books. Amish, Historical Romance, Westerns, Christian Romance Romance and Mysteries. Lately read a lot of Amish books, but a table full of different books now waiting for me to settle down and read. My computer has stolen a lot of my time. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  20. I don't understand where my comment is, I just wrote a long paragraph about the books I have to read and had 3 entries, but now don't see anywhere. It never showed ot not post. So, will try again. I like so many different kinds of books, but have been into Amish reading lately, but have others in a stack to read. Pleaase give me 3 entries. I follow OTT and CQ and COG. maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  21. Sorry! Guess it was just stored in the the online space for it is here now when I posted the second, then they both showed. Maxie

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  22. i'm lovin' it! i have a hard time keeping enough books in the house for Mom who is housebound after having major surgery and she loves Barbour novellas. i tried to get her to read on my kindle, but it didn't work for her. So am hoping for a print version, though i do live in Canada.
    this sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway.
    OTT; CQ; COG

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  23. APPLE BLOSSOM good luck in the drawing :)

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  24. NOELA it's so good to see your beautiful smiling face on here. I know you will love this book.

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  25. Marianne, it is so awesome that your mom enjoys Barbour novellas so much. I have another one coming out next Christmas, Mistletoe Memories, that I hope she'll get a chance to enjoy, too. Blessings on you both, and please tell her this author said a special hello to her.

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  26. Old follower of both OTT & CQ, and new followe of COG!
    I read a previous novel/la of this Romancing America series, and I ADORED it! I do believe it was my only novella format. I never really wanted to read the shorter novellas, but reading the four in a row helps make it feel like I am not 'wasting' my time, if you understand my meaning, I've never been a short story girl. But after reading "Central Park Rendezvous" (I totally recommend that one!!) I know I would love to read more with this format, I really enjoyed that one, plus it is intriguing that different authors had contributed to it. That helps expose me to new authors and make me want to buy their novels as well. Thanks for entering me! marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

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  27. JK, we have so much in common. I lived in Wrentham, MA most of my life (30 mins. south of Boston). Living in MA is where I got my love of history. Carrie also interviewed me at Colonial Quills and I speak of it there.

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  28. Thank you everyone for visiting this review post! I'm honored and blessed!

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  29. I am looking forward to reading this book! I am an OTT follower.
    may_dayzee(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  30. Sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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  31. OOOOOO!!! I have been trying desperately to win a copy of this! I LOVE Romancing America books, and this one sounds GREAT!!!

    Please enter me!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

    Exodus 14:14

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  32. MAXIE thanks for your persistance! I hate it when it seems computers have a mind of their own! :)

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  33. MARIE I know what you mean about novellas, but I have always like them for a fast read when I don't have a lot of time. :) "Central Park Rendezvous" was a wonderful one and I found the format of that one really different but enjoyable.

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  34. KAYM thanks for being a follwer of OTT! :) Good luck in the drawing!

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  35. AMADA good luck in the drawing maybe you'll win this time. :)

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  36. Thank you again for the wonderful review and for all your thoughtful comments! I wish everyone could win a copy of Colonial Courtships, but if you don't win the giveaway I hope you'll pick up a copy. Blessings!

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  37. I follow OTT, COG, and CQ! This story sounds great and I love the cover! I love romance novellas either historical or contemporary. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. Thanks, Veronica! I agree, they did a nice job with the cover. Glad to hear you enjoy novellas. I've another one coming out next fall!

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  39. VICTORIA is our winner per random.org. CONGRATS, Victoria Stemberg!

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