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About the Book

Book: A Not So Convenient Marriage

Author: Sandra Merville Hart

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release date: November 8, 2022

A spinster teacher…a grieving widower…a marriage of convenience and a second chance with the man she’s always loved.

When Samuel Walker proposes a marriage of convenience to Rose Hatfield so soon after the death of his wife, she knows he doesn’t love her. She’s loved him since their school days. Those long-suppressed feelings spring to life as she marries him. She must sell her childhood home, quit her teaching job, and move to a new city.

Marrying Rose is harder than Samuel expected, especially with the shadow of his deceased wife everywhere in his life. And he has two young children to consider. Peter and Emma need a mother’s love, but they also need to hold close the memories of their real mother as they grieve her loss.

Life as Samuel’s wife is nothing like Rose hoped, and even the townspeople, who loved his first wife, make Rose feel like an outsider. The work of the farm draws the two of them closer, giving hope that they might one day become a happy family. Until the dream shatters, and the life Rose craves tumbles down around them. Only God can put these pieces back together, but the outcome may not look anything like she planned.

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My Review!

I always enjoy a marriage of convenience story. It’s interesting to read about strong people who would make the decision of what’s best for others and not so much for themselves. In this case we have a second chance at romance. But will Samuel and Rose rekindle feelings they once had, with a deceased wife ever in the picture? Author Sandra Meville Hart tackles unexpected death and grief but in a very careful way.

A clean wholesome romance, please give it a try if you enjoy historical fiction. I will say I found the writing a bit stiff and at times overly simple but that doesn’t stop it from being a decent story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

About the Author

Sandra Merville Hart, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author of inspirational historical romances, loves to discover little-known yet fascinating facts from American history to include in her stories. Her desire is to transport her readers back in time. She is also a blogger, speaker, and conference teacher. Connect with Sandra on her blog, https://sandramervillehart.wordpress.com/.

More from Sandra

There are some stories that must be told. A Not So Convenient Marriage is one of them for me.

I don’t know what it is about this story, but once I began writing it over a dozen years ago, the characters wouldn’t leave me alone.

I wrote the first draft of this book a few years before my first book—another book, A Stranger on My Land—released, so I was still learning about the writing journey. I’m certain that my first draft of A Not So Convenient Marriage wasn’t ready for publication because it was rejected.

But the characters in my imagination wouldn’t allow me to let this one go. I edited and reedited, using skills I learned at writing conferences. Then I tried again with another editor. Another rejection.

Discouraged, I worked on other writing projects and met with a little success. When my first Civil War romance published, I decided to follow my heart and continue writing about that turbulent time period.

This book was set aside.

Still, every morning I woke up thinking about the characters in A Not So Convenient Marriage. In my mind, I’d rewrite a scene from the book as I lay, trying to sleep, in the middle of the night. Or the story would haunt me before falling asleep at night, keeping me awake an hour or two.

This happened almost daily for years.

Finally, I pulled up the manuscript again. It had been written in my early days so it required a lot of modification. I asked my agent to begin showing my updated proposal for the book. She was happy to do this because she always believed in this book. In fact, she decided to represent me after reading for proposal for it.

By the way, the story was still keeping me awake as I waited to sign a book contract.

Last year, I was thrilled when Misty Beller, Wild Heart Books, offered me a contract for a three-book series for this novel. Not only that, she also gave me a three-book contract for my “Spies of the Civil War” series, that published this year. (I invite you to read the whole “Spies of the Civil War” series beginning with Book 1 Avenue of Betrayal, Book 2 Boulevard of Confusionand Book 3 Byway to Danger.)

Misty told me that she cried when reading my manuscript for A Not So Convenient Marriage—the first time that had ever happened for a submission. That touched my heart.

I’m happy to say that scenes from the book no longer keep me awake at night…for now the story will be told.  

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, November 1

For Him and My Family, November 1

lakesidelivingsite, November 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 3

Holly’s Book Corner, November 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 4

deb’s Book Review, November 5

Blossoms and Blessings, November 5

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 6

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 7

Inklings and notions, November 7

Connie’s History Classroom, November 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 9

Through the Fire Blogs, November 9

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 10

Pause for Tales, November 11

To Every BOOK There is a Season, November 11

Bizwings Blog, November 12

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 13

Mary Hake, November 13

Vicky Sluiter, November 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sandra is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/2244d/a-not-so-convenient-marriage-celebration-tour-giveaway

45 Responses to Book Tours

  1. Thank you for your wonderful review, Vicky! I’m happy you enjoyed Molly and Derek’s story. Thanks for sharing! xo

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  2. slehan says:

    Good book for summer reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  3. I can’t wait to read this! Sounds like a very sweet story.

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  4. carylkane says:

    Vicky, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

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  5. vickysluiter says:

    You’re welcome. Such an enjoyable book!

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  6. megan allen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’m adding to my tbr!

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  7. Debbie P says:

    This sounds like a great book.

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  8. Hannah Bartel says:

    This looks like a wonderful book to read!

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  9. slehan says:

    Want to read Sunny first.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  10. jodi683 says:

    Sounds like a super awesome read.

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  11. Linda Geertsma says:

    This sounds like a very great story.. can’t wait to get it and read it

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  12. Beatrice LaRocca says:

    Thank you for sharing your review of this story, this sounds like a wonderful read

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  13. Thank you for sharing! – JustRead Tours

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  14. JustRead Tours says:

    Than you for sharing!

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  15. Shelly Peterson says:

    The Cowboy’s Amish Haven sounds like a good read.

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  16. Shelly Peterson says:

    A Promise of Forgiveness sounds good. I like the cover.

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  17. Thank you for your wonderful review, Vicky! I’m happy you enjoyed reading Searching for Home. I see a lot of old comments, so I hope this finds you. 🙂 I appreciate your friendship and support.

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  18. vickysluiter says:

    It found me! I just love your books. Your style of writing draws me in.

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  19. Kay Garrett says:

    Thank you for your review on ” Searching for Home” by Jill Weatherholt and for being part of the Celebrate Lit blog tour.

    Jill is one author that I just can’t get enough of. Always greatly anticipate each and every book. Love the cover on this one and the storyline is fabulous. How could it not be with triplets? Three times the love! ❤
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  20. Eva Millien says:

    Jill, Searching for Home, sounds like my kind of book and I enjoyed following the tour and learning about it! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thank for sharing it with me! Thanks, Vicky for sharing your review and I agree, adorable triplets and a cowboy can not be passed up! Have a fantastic day!

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  21. slehan says:

    Looks like a cute book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  22. great review, the book sounds really good

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  23. slehan says:

    Sweet Rivalry would be a good book for Spring reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  24. Marisela Zuniga says:

    This sounds like such a good book!

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  25. Betsy Barnes says:

    Thank you for your review.

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  26. camillering says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely review for Midnight’s Budding Morrow – I’m so glad you enjoyed.

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  27. Madie says:

    That lodge, the characters, and the mystery all sound really good. Thanks for sharing about this book 🙂 !

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  28. Marisela Zuniga says:

    Undercover assignment sounds like a great book

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  29. Madie says:

    Undercover Assignment sounds like a great mystery, thrillng and heartwarming- thanks for sharing about it 🙂 !

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  30. Lori Smanski says:

    thanks for your thoughts. this sounds like a fun story.

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  31. Emma says:

    Trusting Her Amish Heart by Cathy Liggett is a wonderful book. Shared on facebook.

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  32. slehan says:

    Good book for Fall reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  33. Debbie P says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book.

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  34. Debbie P says:

    Again this sounds like a really wonderful book!

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