14 January 2018

Pegg Thomas Character Interview with Yarrow Fenn


We welcome Pegg Thomas and her heroine Miss Yarrow Fenn. Yarrow is the heroine of "In Sheep's Clothing", one of the novellas in A Bouquet of Brides . Miss Fenn lives in the town of Milford in Connecticut Colony in 1702. She’s known for making the best cloth in the colony.

OWG:  Thank you for joining us, Miss Fenn.

YF:  I am honored, and please, call me Yarrow.

OWG:  Isn’t yarrow a plant?

YF:  Indeed. Yarrow is a flowering herb often used to dye yarn. It produces a golden-brown color, not unlike my hair and hazel eyes.

OWG:  That’s so interesting. Our blog is about overcoming hardships through faith in God. I understand you’ve had to overcome something recently.

YF:  Indeed, I have. I’m not proud of it. You see, when King William III signed the Wool Act, it created problems for those of us living in the colonies. We had to sell our wool to England and buy our cloth from England. But the wool was taxed twice and then the cloth was taxed twice. A person could hardly afford to dress their family. Being the unmarried sister, and having the skills to spin and weave, it fell to me to produce our cloth. My sisters had no extra coin to pay for my labors, and so I sold some of my cloth to the traveling peddler.

OWG:  Didn’t the Wool Act make selling cloth outside of your colony illegal?

YF:  Indeed it did. I sold the cloth to the traveling peddler, but I knew he was selling it in Massachusetts Colony.

OWG:  So you were skirting the law?

YF:  It shames me to admit it, but I was. Then I realized that I was putting my faith and trust in the coin I earned and not waiting on God to supply my needs. I finally had to admit that skirting man’s law was also sinning against God.

OWG:  Oh, ouch. That’s never an easy lesson to learn.

YF:  Twas not, but there is nothing so cleansing as confessing one’s sins to the One who can take them away.

OWG:  And did He?

YF:  Not that alone, He gave me what I had truly wanted all along.

OWG:  And what was that?

YF:  The whole story is told in A Bouquet of Brides collection titled In Sheep’s Clothing. It’s available now on Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, Amazon and in bookstores.


Pegg Thomas is giving away one of her signature shawls to celebrate the release of In Sheep’s Clothing. The Meadowsweet Shawl is named after the lamb in the story. Drawing will be the end of January. To enter, simply sign up for Pegg’s newsletter.

BioPegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble*years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.”

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Giveaway: We're giving away a copy of A Bouquet of Brides to one of our OWG blog readers this week. Please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy!


31 comments:

  1. A great interview thank you and I love the name Yarrow.

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    1. I had to pick a flower name for this collection, and since I'm also a handspinner, I decided on a useful flower for dyeing. :)

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  2. I agree that Yarrow is a great name! I enjoyed reading this interview, and I am looking forward to reading In Sheep's Clothing.

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  3. What a wonderful interview! Thank you so much. Yarrow is new to me and I am glad we have finally met.In Sheep's Clothing sounds like a great read. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yarrow should be more popular. It's actually a flowering wild herb and it's very pretty!

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  4. I enjoyed the interview with Yarrow Fenn greatly. I think this would be a good book. TY for the opportunity to win a copy.

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  5. Great interview! I admire Yarrow's honesty & love for the Lord. Thank you for sharing a chance to read her & other bride's stories! I signed up for your newsletter, what a beautiful shawl! Happy New Year! rw620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. There's quite a bit about honestly in this story, Yarrow only shared a portion of it. Good luck in the shawl drawing!

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  6. Nice to meet you Yarrow. It must have been hard living with all those unfair taxes. I can't imagine all the work you put into making your own cloth. I am eager to read your story and the others in A Bouquet of Brides!

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    1. Yarrow is busy right now, but I'm sure I can speak for her. It was a full-time job to keep your family clothed in Colonial America. The spinster sister was an asset in the family!

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  7. Welcome to OWG YARROW, what a delightful interview!! Your story sounds intriguing and I hope to be able to read it in the very near future!

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  8. YARROW, it is a pleasure meeting you! I admire your grit and perseverance!

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  9. Thanks for a great interview!
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  10. Looking forward to reading the story! Thanks for the interview, Yarrow :)

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  11. Great interview Carrie and Yarrow! Welcome to OWG Yarrow, your story sounds intriguing. Yarrow is a unique name, it fits you very well. It must have been very hard living at such a time and hard work making your own cloth. I can't wait to read your story, In Sheep's Clothing and the others in A Bouquet of Brides!

    Pegg, your shawl is beautiful!
    Blessings, Tina

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  12. So fun having you and Yarrow visiting with us, Pegg! Glad to have you on OWG blog!

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  13. I would like to have a winter cap in the color of yellow yarrow ~ beautiful name! I have previously signed for your newsletter :). I would enJ*O*Y having this Collection print copy to be able to read "In Sheep's Clothing" and discover Yarrow's story. Thank you for this interview. Kathleen lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  14. What a fascinating way of doing an interview! Thank you for sharing.

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  15. This is my first time visiting your blog, found your twitter post. Loved the fun character interview!

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  16. Crissy Yoder ShamionJanuary 23, 2018 at 8:09 PM

    Wonderful interview! We use to raise old English baby doll sheep. Lots of work.

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