20 April 2013

Marian Baay Reviews Carrie Fancett Pagels' Novella Return To Shirley Plantation

Return to Shirley Plantation


Reviewed by Marian Baay
5 stars~*****


Carrie Fancett Pagels has written a wonderful historical romance set during the Civil War. This story takes place at Shirley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia. I have heard great things about Shirley Plantation and reading this novella was like I was finally arriving there and getting to see it with my own eyes.
I think the author nicely described the layout of the plantation—clearly she must have been there, and while walking the grounds of Shirley Plantation she must have fantasized about the stories that could have taken place there.

I loved reading about Angelina and Matthew—how they met at Shirley Plantation and how the first sparks of chemistry filled the air. But this is not only a love story—it is war and there are secrets and a mystery to unravel.

This novella was a great historical read that gave me a glimpse into the world from long ago. I’d like to applaud the author with this beautifully written story with endearing characters, rich historical detail, and a good Christian message. Well done, Carrie!
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GIVEAWAY: We've been celebrating Carrie's debut all month long. Leave a comment for a chance to win a pink party basket! A summertime hot pink cup for you and a friend, a basket, cards, sunglasses pouches and more! LIKE Carrie's author page on Facebook  and put OWG over there on that page then come back here and put FB to enter! 

41 comments:

  1. This was a wonderful story that CARRIE wrote, and you're so right MARIAN, it really does give you the impression that you are right there seeing it for yourself! Great review!!

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    1. Thanks Noela! Yes, Carrie did a wonderful job! :)

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    2. Would love for you to both come to Shirley Plantation.

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  2. FB Hope I did this right! Carrie as you know I loved the story!

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    1. Hi Debbie, glad to hear you loved the story!!

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    2. Bless you, Debbie! So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you both for your wonderful reviews--Noela too!!! So glad to see you here Debbie!

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  3. I love pink, so girly... and I would love to read that story... Carrie was so much fun on TBCN the other night. I liked her on FB and left her a comment mentioning OWG ! Thanks Marian Baay for this wonderful opportunity !
    Blessings
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com


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    1. If I win, I will be sharing with my mom, she loves to read too...
      I love blogs like OWG and I love using FB to do things.
      Hugs
      Linda Finn

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    2. Thanks for liking Carrie's author page on facebook, Linda Marie!

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    3. Hey, LINDA, and I added u to my circle on Google PLUS!!! I had SO much fun at TBCN and love representing them, too--will be at Blue Ridge for Fred, in a month! Hugs! PINK ROCKS!!!

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  4. I enjoyed your review very much, MARIAN, as told from a different perspective. I hope everyone will order the book...can't beat a good book for only $2 and some change!

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    1. Thank you, Diana! I wanted to tell it from a different perspective as you know. It was fun to do. :)

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  5. Good review, Marian. Last night I finished reading Return to Shirley Plantation. Once I go back into it and re-read the favorite parts that stood out (and there are many) I hope to post my reiview on Amazon this evening. Congratulations, Carrie.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. Also glad to hear you enjoyed the story. Yay!

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    2. SUSAN!!!! THANKS so much!!! God bless u my dear friend! Glad u have gotten to meet half of our OWG angel team! HUGS!!!

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  6. I have yet to get Shirley Plantation, but its on my list, i would love to win this give away thanks
    Shirley

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    1. hi Shirley, have you liked Carrie's author page? If so, please let us know.

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    2. Shirley, to read or to visit there? You MUST visit Shirley--it is an awesome place and the staff is unrivaled in hospitality!!! Thanks for coming by!

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  7. great story - great review - guess Carrie is "in the pink" - blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Murray. Yes, I hope Carrie is in the pink. :)

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    2. MURRAY, two years ago, after my mom died from pancreatic cancer my two very best friends had breast cancer. I was pretty devastated. Both are doing great. Lots of prayer. And I promised myself a pink party when I sold my fiction!

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  8. Congrats Carrie on your Debut. Can't wait to read your book. Ran over to FB and posted there. Go Pink!

    Winterrose (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. LOUISE!, we have power at my house, yay! Pink is awesome!

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  9. I'm reading it now--thanks for sharing your review Marian FB page now, so [lease throw my name into the pot! ;-)
    Vicki OWG

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    1. VICKI, I hope you will love it and best wishes on your own writing!

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    2. UGH--sorry about the typo's! I guess that is what happens when you try to post late at night, trying to catch up on all things online--at least it does to me. ;-)
      Vicki

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  10. Thanks Marian for the review of Carries book you did a good job.. And thanks Carrie for writing it. I have liked Carries page and mentioned OWG. I have enjoyed getting to meet all of you girls because of FB. Hoping I can come up with a win this time. LOL
    God bless each of you. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  11. I am looking forward to a wonderful read.

    FB

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  12. FB and I really enjoyed the book Return to Shirley Plantation. RHONDA
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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    1. Good to hear you enjoyed RtSP, Rhonda! Good luck in the drawing.

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  13. Wow, one great review after another! Not surprised, though, Carrie did a great job! God bless!

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    1. Thanks Debbie - and yes! Carrie did a great job!

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  14. I'm still reading but great story! FB
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Enjoy reading the rest of the story, Diana! And good luck in the draw.

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  15. I really enjoyed your review. My queston : Is Shirley Plantation named after a woman. My email is cscrawf@yahoo
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    1. hi Carol, thanks for stopping by! I'm going to ask CARRIE to answer your question.
      Have you liked Carrie's author page on facebook?

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    2. Carol, it is named after someone but I believe Shirley is the last name. I will run that question by Shirley Plantation's historian right now. TY for coming by!!!

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  16. Pink is awesome and given everything going on in my life... I am sorta blown away... Thank you Marian and you Carrie....
    I can't thank you enough... God is surely good to me...
    Hugs
    Linda

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