Thursday, September 1, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: The Sugar Baron's Governess by Elva Cobb Martin

Book: The Sugar Baron’s Governess

Author: Elva Cobb Martin

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: August 23, 2022

She needs a new start…He knows a reckoning is coming.

Banished from Charleston for his misdeeds years earlier, Joshua Becket built a new life on both sides of the law in Jamaica. As a sugar plantation owner and member of the governing British Assembly, he’s known and respected on the island. But he guards a secret identity. As swashbuckling Captain Jay, he leads daredevil privateering exploits on his ship, the Eagle, when the mood suits him. Currently, he needs a governess for his young daughter whose mother has passed.

Widowed gentlewoman Abigail Welch accepted the governess position, leaving behind her disintegrated life in Charleston. This new start in Jamaica might finally help her find healing for her broken heart after losing her husband in the Revolution and their infant son to yellow fever.

Joshua’s precocious, undisciplined daughter is the drawing card that brings him and Abigail together like clashing cymbals of disagreement…and fiery attraction. Can love and the miracle power of God give them a new beginning and a happily ever after?


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The Sugar Baron's Governess by Elva Cobb Martin is Book 4 in the Charleston Brides series. I read Book 3 in this series. I was excited to read this book to continue with the series.

Joshua Becket is a Sugar Plantation owner in Jamaica, formerly living in Charleston. He is also a member of the British Assembly and very well respected on the Island. He also hides the other part of his life which is being known as Captain Jay on his ship where he has daredevil stunts and more. Most importantly, he is a Single Dad to his daughter as her mother passed away. He is currently looking for a governess to help care for his daughter. Abigail Welch is a widow and has been hired to be the Governess for Joshua's daughter. She is hoping for a new start and healing after losing her husband to the war and her son died due to Yellow Fever. She leaves Charleston to go to Jamaica to begin her new life. Abigail really loves her job and finds herself falling in LOVE with Joshua and he is falling for her also. Abigail is not comfortable with his Privateer Lifestyle nor the fact that he has strayed from his faith. Can Abigail help Joshua renew his faith in God? Will the pair become a couple? 

 WOW, so many twists and turns in this book from the very beginning! I am so glad I read this on a day when I had nothing else going on as I could not put the book down. Abigail and Joshua both had some healing to do from their past relationships. I LOVE how encouraging Abigail was to Joshua. Joshua's daughter was needing discipline and love and she found that with Abigail as her caregiver. I HIGHLY recommend this book to those who enjoy Christian Historical books! Sweet and GREAT BOOK!


Elva Cobb Martin is a wife, mother, and grandmother who lives in South Carolina with her husband and a mini-dachshund. A life-long student of history, her favorite city, Charleston, inspires her stories of romance and adventure. Her love of writing grew out of a desire to share exciting stories of courageous characters and communicate truths of the Christian faith to bring hope and encouragement. Connect with her on her web site at .


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I had an amazing thing happen when first beginning The Sugar Baron’s Governess. My precious husband had booked a week for us in a comfortable condo at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to help me concentrate on my plotstorming—without the “do me” call of our vacuum, washing machine, or phone calls when at home. Of course, he likes to fish from a pier while I’m writing.


The first morning I sat at the kitchen table overlooking the Atlantic, with my laptop, researching Jamaica and especially the historic Maroon settlement of warriors and escaped slaves in the mountains that could play a part in my story. I was also praying for the Lord to help get a good start on this fourth novel in my series. Should I even be including the fierce Maroons in my plot?


A knock came at the door. I had requested no room service, so I was surprised to be interrupted. When I answered it, a black male employee asked if we needed any cleaning done or fresh linens. I almost gave him a short answer, wanting to get back to my laptop, but my ear discerned a British accent. –Here’s our amazing conversation:


“Where are you from?”




I opened the door wide and invited him in. “That’s most interesting. I’m writing a novel set in Jamaica.”


His eyes widened. “You are?”


“Yes, in fact,” I gestured to my laptop, “I’m right now researching a group of warriors in historic Jamaica, called the Maroons. Know anything about them?”


His mouth fell open. “I’m a descendant of the Maroons.”


I got a tingling chill up my arm. How likely was this kind of thing to happen? He further told me he never worked the 15th floor but for whatever reason, had been assigned our floor that day. He told me was a Christian, and he shared several things with me about the Maroons and how they finally won their independence and rights the British government of Jamaica had long withheld. At times, because of their desperate existence, they did hurtle down from their mountain strongholds and burn sugar plantations, as history records.


I decided I had a definite confirmation to include the Maroon warriors in my Jamaican story. They are instrumental in convincing my hero Joshua Becket to turn back to God when his life and plantation are sorely threatened. Whoops, there I go giving away some of the story! Hope you enjoy Joshua and Abigail’s exciting, romantic adventure in Jamaica. Can they survive and make it back to Charleston and a happily ever after?

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Connie’s History Classroom, August 31

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Betti Mace, September 2

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A Good Book and Cup of Tea, September 4

Beauty in the Binding, September 5 (Author Interview)

Of Blades and Thorns, September 5

To celebrate her tour, Elva 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.

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Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I am fascinated and intrigued by Joshua's double life.

marisela zuniga said... Best Blogger Tips

The book sounds really good, thank you for sharing

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

Good book for Fall reading.
Thanks for the contest.

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Kendra, Thank you for sharing your excellent review!

Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations on your release of The Sugar Baron's Governess, Elva, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book which sounds like a fantastic romance for me! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

Thanks for sharing your review, Happily Managing a Household of Boys!

Have a wonderful day!

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