27 August 2015

Noela Nancarrow reviews LILACS FOR JULIANA by Carrie Fancett Pagels



Lilacs for Juliana
Hearts Overcoming Press (August 15, 2015)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

Lilacs, Lumberjacks, and Love!

Set in 1891, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where towering pines and scented lilacs dominate, Book Three of The Christy Lumber Camp series sees new boss Richard (Moose) Christy readying his first lumber camp. This captivating tale holds promises of new beginnings for Richard in life, love, and work… but will it all come crashing down around him like the felling of the mighty pines?

Scents of leather-bound volumes, ink-print, and paper, surround Juliana Beauchamps, the petite dark-haired Head Librarian. It was here in the library that the vibrant Juliana first met the colossal lumberjack Richard, whom the children imagined was a folklore character come to life. He not only made a huge impression upon the children but also on Juliana, who began to yearn for him to ask her to the upcoming Lumberjack’s Ball. 

Richard begins to realize he has strong feelings for the pretty librarian after he nearly lost her in a shocking incident, but with so many obstacles between them including a much wealthier and suspicious potential suitor, Juliana’s mixed signals, an age difference, and lilacs… Can it be possible for them to find happiness and a life together? 


Author Carrie Fancett Pagels sweeps the reader up in a tale rife with love and longing, faith and forgiveness, and smiles and sighs. Weaving tension throughout the plot was the mean-spirited Library Board Trustee, Mr. Hatchens, who because he was against female Librarians, tormented Juliana frequently. Oh but it was such sweet justice to see the mighty ‘Moose’ stand up to this weasel in defense of his library lady!  ‘Lilacs for Juliana’ is immersed in vivid historical details from the geography down to the furniture and food, giving not only great insight to this booming era but also in painting every scene in realistic colours, scents, and sounds. A wonderfully enchanting, page-turning story!!


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'Lilacs for Juliana' is available on AMAZON in e-book format and available soon in print!

GIVEAWAY: In celebration of Carrie's wonderful new release, I'm giving away an e-book copy to one blessed commenter! To be eligible please leave your email address with (at) and (dot) to protect yourself against spammers.


34 comments:

  1. Great review, Aussie. A beautiful way with words you have. :)

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    1. Thanks Dutchy!! You sound a bit like Yoda there, lol! :) Have to give thanks to God too, because He helped this review fly from the keyboard faster than I could barely type!!

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  2. Methinks Marian is so right! A simply amazing review and enjoyed the pics, NOELA!

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    1. Thank you Diana! The U.P. loggers pic was the wrong year, but still a good pic from the area! :)

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  3. Would love to win. Looks so good.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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    1. Then I wish you all the best with your entry, Virginia!! :) Thanks for coming by to read about Carrie's story!

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  4. Noela, thank you for this OUTSTANDING review! I enjoyed the photos you included. Congratulations Carrie on the release of Lilacs for Juliana.

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    1. Thanks Caryl, and thanks to God too! I so appreciate your support Caryl, and I'm glad you enjoyed the photo's! :)

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  5. Great review! Very much looking forward to reading this novel! :)

    sydneyjames68[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I'm sure you'll enjoy it very much, Sydney! Thanks, and all the best!! :)

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  6. What a super duper review, Aussie Angel! And thanks for the pics--makes me homesick! I really appreciate you taking time to read and review with everything else you have to do! Big hugs!!!

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    1. You're more than welcome, Carrie!! It was fun to read and review... And you just gotta love those lumberjacks, especially that giant Moose!! ;) Great character!! Glad you liked the pics I found!

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  7. Elegant & beautiful, Noela - thank you for the review & pics!! Love Carrie's attention to detail, & that defensive "gentle giant" - Richard.

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    1. I think Richard has you a little bit fooled, Bonnie! Ox is more the "gentle giant" than Moose is but given how big he is I guess he is more gentle than he could be and as he had been. His fists still long to talk!!!

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    2. Thanks Bonnie!! Lol, yes I think I'd like to remain on Moose's good side haha! :)

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    3. Yes, I know Moose has a yen to fight - however, I feel both he and Ox are 'gentle giants'. My own interpretation of the term is they both have tender, compassionate hearts - more so than a lot of men - in addition to their heights.

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  8. sounds like a great book! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Shelia, I'm so glad Noela made my book appealing to you and I hope you'll get to enjoy it.

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    2. Thanks for coming by Shelia!! All the best! I love your name btw! :)

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  9. Wonderful review, Noela :) I loved this book! It is a fabulous story to be enjoyed more than once.

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    1. Thanks so much, Betti! So glad you enjoyed Lilacs for Juliana enough that you might read it again!!! Warms my heart!

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  10. Thank you for such a great review.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks Mary, I'm so glad you enjoyed my review of Carrie's fabulous story!

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  11. Another great review Noella!! I loved seeing the logging pictures too & imagining a man as big as a tree trunk falling for a petite librarian. Sounds like the makings of a good story to me!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks, Trixi! I hope you'll love this story and yes I love that irony, too! Hugs!

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    2. Thanks Trixi! :) I love how that giant of a man fell for that tiny librarian!! :)

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  12. Would love to win a copy, I really enjoyed the first two books in this series.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. You'll love this one too, Wendy!! All the best!! :)

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    2. Thanks so much, Wendy! Best wishes! Hugs!

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  13. Thanks Noela. for this great review. I am anxious to read it. Love the other two. Carrie does a great job with her writing details. I would love to win and read this one. Anxious for the paperback. Really love the cover. It's beautiful. And. looking forward to the blog hop. God bless all of my OWG girls. Love you all. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Maxie! How are you? It really is such a gorgeous cover for this wonderful story!! How nice it will be on a paperback! :) You'll love this story also, Maxie. Love and God's blessings to you! xx

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    2. Hey, Maxie! Let me go make sure you are on the Pagels Pals page for paperback, okay? Hugs!

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  14. Sounds like a great read. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com. Kim

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