My Thoughts - Redemption in the Wilderness Author: Andrea Byrd
About the Book
Book: Redemption in the Wilderness
Author: Andrea Byrd
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2023
Two sisters alone on the Kentucky frontier…love is the last thing they expect to find.
After the death of their parents during the Hard Winter, Margaret and her sister have struggled to survive. Between her mother’s dying wish that Margaret protect her sister, and the nagging sensation that they are not alone, guilt and worry are her constant companions. And if someone is following them, is their watcher friend or foe?
Iain Donegal can’t afford roots, not with the pain and guilt of the life he’s left behind, or the memory of the drink that once threatened to consume him. But his solitary life as a long hunter in the wilds of Kentucky finds a new path when he happens upon a young woman digging a grave for her own mother. Unable to pull himself away when he realizes that she and her sister are on their own, he begins to provide anonymous aid. But when the women truly need him, can he risk leaving his solitary life behind to step in and fill the void?
Andrea Byrd is a Christian wife and mom located in rural Kentucky, who loves to spend time with her family in the great outdoors, one with nature. Often described as having been born outside her time, she has a deep affinity for an old-fashioned, natural lifestyle.
With a degree in Equine Health & Rehabilitation gathering dust and a full-time job tethering her to a desk eight hours a day, Andrea decided it was time to show both herself and her children that it is truly possible to make your dreams come true. Now with over 1,000 contemporary Christian romance novellas sold, Andrea is pursuing her passion of writing faith-filled romance woven with a thread of true history.
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One of my favorite aspects of being a historical fiction author is learning new tidbits of information with each novel I pen.
Not only have I always loved learning, but I also harbor a deep passion for novels that incorporate real places and events. In Redemption in the Wilderness, I was blessed with the opportunity to research the beginnings of Harrodsburg, KY. This town was founded in 1774 as Harrodstown by James Harrod. What began mainly as a civilian fort with the building of Fort Harrod has endured more than 200 years of Kentucky’s rich history. Tourists and locals alike can still visit a replica of Fort Harrod today. And, you, yourself, can visit the original fort in Redemption in the Wilderness.
Beyond historical places and events, I also always find myself on a search engine with the strangest little inquisitions. Such as… What plants are native to Kentucky? When do said plants bloom? And which can be used as a natural remedy for this particular ailment? With this novel, I found that feverfew, a native Kentucky wildflower, was so aptly named because early settlers used this native plant to reduce fever. I cannot wait for you to see what role it played for the characters in Redemption in the Wilderness.
Redemption in the Wilderness is written by Andrea Byrd. This is book two in the Frontier Hearts series. I have read book one - and the series has been so engaging and a fun read. One of the things that I really like about this author, is her attention to historic detail and how well her characters are written.
Margaret and her sister have been struggling since the death of their mother. Margaret has gotten her mom’s dying wish to look out for her sister weighing heavily on her. She has tried so many times unsuccessfully to bring home much needed meat.
Iain is a skilled hunter - and wants to keep his solitude lifestyle. He sees Margaret digging the grave of her mother -and realizes that the two females are alone. So he anonymously helps. He steps up when there is danger - and the idea of a marriage of convenience is introduced.
Reading how Iain and Margaret have to navigate their new situation was realistic. There is a lot that they had to learn about each other. They were victims of miscommunication and misunderstanding. I loved seeing their characters develop throughout the story.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.