Thursday, February 7, 2019

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway: On The Rails by Linda Shenton Matchett

About the Book

Title: On the Rails  
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett  
Genre: Historical Romance  
Release date: February 6, 2017
Warren, Ohio, 1910: Katherine Newman loves being a teacher, but she loves Henry Jorgensen more, which is why she’s willing to give up her job to marry him. But instead of proposing, Henry breaks up with her. Devastated, Katherine seeks to escape the probing eyes and wagging tongues of her small town. A former Harvey Girl, Katherine’s mother arranges for Katherine to be hired at the Williams, Arizona Harvey House. Can she carve out a new life in the stark desert land unlike anything she’s ever known?
Henry Jorgensen loves Katherine with all his heart, but as the eldest son of a poor farmer can he provide for her as she deserves? The family’s lien holder calls in the mortgage, and Henry must set aside his own desires in order to help his parents meet their financial obligation. But when Katherine leaves town after their break up, he realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life. Can he find her and convince her to give their love a second chance?

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My Thoughts and Review:
I really enjoy Historical Fiction and this book did not disappoint. 
I feel that I am always learning something new when reading 
Historical Fiction. This book taught me about the Historical 
"Harvey Girls". The History of the Harvey Girls has really 
intrigued me. 

The main character, Katherine, loves being a School Teacher, 
but also loves Henry. The LOVE Story between Henry and 
Katherine takes many twists and turns and really makes 
the book hard to put down. Katherine gets a job as a "Harvey 
Girl", a job her mom also had. Even though Henry broke off 
the relatioinship, he decides to follow her and gain her 
heart back. 

I feel the characters faith is challenged, but it also goes 
through a stage of growing in their faith as they endure the 
challenges of trying to restart their relationship. "On the 
Rails" is a book of Second Chances, Seeking God for decisions 
and following God. The Historical factor of the book is a 
wonderful setting. 

On the Rails is a Short book, that packs a lot of history in 
it. A book that I truly enjoyed and look forward to reading 
more books by Author Linda Shenton Matchett! GREAT BOOK! 

About the Author

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her live. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

Guest Post from Linda

My husband and I were fortunate to be able to take a trip to Arizona several years ago. Having been born and raised on the east coast, I was enamored with the distinctive beauty of the state, from the saguaro cacti of Phoenix and red rocks of Sedona to the volcanic landscape of Flagstaff and multi-colored bands of the Grand Canyon.

But what intrigued me just as much as the area’s beauty were the stories about the women who migrated to the state to work for the Fred Harvey Company. Upon our arrival at the Grand Canyon we came upon the El Tovar Hotel, one of the few remaining Harvey Houses. We were given a bit of literature explaining the history of Mr. Harvey and his restaurants, and the more I read, the more I wanted to know.

As it turns in the late 1800s, food was not available to travelers riding the railroad lines, so when the trains made extended stops, passengers would get off and eat at the restaurants located near the stations. From all reports, the dining experience was sketchy at best, with frequent stories of indigestion and food poisoning.

Enter English immigrant and restaurateur, Fred Harvey. Securing a contract with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, he began with two facilities. However, finding reliable employees proved to be difficult. A high percentage of the employees (all men) would use their paycheck to purchase liquor and then did not return to work for several days. At his wits end, Fred decided to hire women to act as his waitresses, but the concept was a tough sell. The only women in the hospitality industry worked in saloons and had scandalous reputations.

Fred set up dormitories overseen by a House Mothers and implemented a set of rules that included curfews, restrictions on dating, and dress codes. He ran advertisements in the large east coast newspapers. It was not long before candidates came knocking. The reasons they gave for wanting to be a Harvey Girl were as diverse as the girls. Some were looking for adventure, others needed to help fill the family coffers, while a number of them needed to get out of difficult situations ranging from domestic abuse to failed engagements.

Thanks to Fred and his restaurants, most of the 100,000 Harvey Girls found financial stability, confidence, happiness, and/or love. It is my hope that On The Rails commemorates these gals and their intrepid spirits.

Blog Stops

Mary Hake, February 1
Bibliophile ReviewsFebruary 2
Texas Book-aholic, February 3
Janices book reviewsFebruary 5
The Mimosa Blossom, February 6
Moments, February 9
Vicky Sluiter, February 10
Carpe Diem, February 11
Godly Book Reviews, February 12
margaret kazmierczak, February 12 (Interview)
Maureen’s Musings, February 13
BigreadersiteFebruary 13


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Linda Matchett said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for being part of my tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed On the Rails.

Tighefan42 said... Best Blogger Tips

Great review. This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance.

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James Robert said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

Lori Smanski said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for your review. I love reading about the hard working, romantic Harvey Girls. I would have loved to be one of them. This book is now on my list.
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Emma Filbrun said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like an interesting book! I have heard of the Harvey Girls, but don't know much about them.

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