Tuesday, October 9, 2012

American Tapestries Tour: Where the Trail Ends & Queen of the Waves + Kindle Fire Giveaway!

A young woman traveling the Oregon Trail in 1841 must rely on a stranger to bring her to safety. After losing her parents along the trail to Oregon Country, Samantha Waldron and her young brother, Daniel, must overcome tremendous challenges to reach the Willamette Valley before winter. When their canoe capsizes on the Columbia River, they rely on handsome British exporter Alexander Clarke to escort them to Fort Vancouver. A number of men vie for Samantha’s affections, but the only one who intrigues her is the one she cannot have. When Alex’s betrothed arrives from Britain, Samantha becomes determined to create a home far away from the fort. But when Daniel disappears into the wilderness alone one night, Samantha must rely on the man she loves to rescue her brother before it’s too late.

Where the Trail Ends is a captivating tale of the Oregon Trail and those that journeyed it.  Samantha is such a strong character, even through trials, tribulations and loss.  She knows she must take care of her little brother, even as several men vie for her attention.  She has set her heart though on one particular man, Alexander Clarke - a man who is betrothed to another.  He was promised to Judith, a lady who resides in London, since he was younger.  Alexander has never broken a promise and doesn't plan on starting now, but the sparks that fly between him and Samantha are life-changing.  Beautifully wrought details of a historic time, Dobson has created an engaging story with her characters and splendid writing in Where The Trail Ends.

When pampered Jacqueline Abington secretly elopes with the family gardener, she asks another woman to take her place on the much anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic. Tessa Bowen hails from a poor corner of London but has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime—a ticket to sail to America aboard a famed vessel. But there’s a catch: she must assume Jacqueline’s identity. For the first time in her life, Tessa stays in luxurious quarters, dresses in elegant gowns, and dines with prestigious people. Then a wealthy American man takes an interest in her, and Tessa struggles to keep up the ruse as she begins falling for him. When tragedy strikes, the game is up, and two women’s lives are forever changed.

I love the movie Titanic, so I was really excited to read Queen of the Waves.  It reminded me of the movie, but Queen of the Waves is astounding!  Spoiled Jacqueline gives her ticket for the maiden voyage of Titanic to Tessa, a young girl who comes from the poorer side of town.  Jacqueline rushes off to marry her gardener against her father's wishes and Tessa gets a trip of lifetime.  there, she meets Nathan Patterson, a businessman from New York City and they fall in love.  The details and historic points are extraordinary and the characters realistic.  I really enjoyed this novel, even more so with it's unpredictable ending.  Highly recommend!

*I received both books in exchange for an honest review for Litfuse Book Tours.

Celebrate with Melanie & Janice by entering to win a Kindle Fire!

One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Where the Trail Ends by Melanie Dobson
  • Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 17th. Winner will be announced at the American Tapestries Author Chat Facebook Party on 10/18. Connect with authors Melanie Dobson and Janice Thompson for an evening of book chat, trivia and fun! There will also be gift certificates, books, and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of Where the Trail Ends and  Queen of the Waves and join Melanie Dobson and Janice Thompson on the evening of the October 18th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the books - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!

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