Sunday, November 13, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: A Not So Convenient Marriage by Sandra Merville Hart

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 on the farm draws the two of them closer, giving them 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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I am a fan of Historical Fiction and I really enjoy "Marriage of Convenience" storylines. . A Not So Convenient Marriage by Sandra Merville Hart is the latest book in this genre that I have read. It is Book 1  in the new series, Second Chances. I

We are taken back to Ohio in 1877. Samuel Walker recently lost his wife of many years. Rose Hatfield is quite surprised when he proposes a Marriage of Convenience, soon after his wife passes away. Rose has LOVED Samuel since they were School-aged Children, but she questions his love for her at this moment. Samuel has to children, Peter and Emma, who really need a mother's love, but not someone to replace their mother. Rose agrees to marry Samuel and now she is seeing that married life can be a struggle. Rose is disheartened by the fact that the Townspeople don't like her. She does gain some hope when they begin working on the farm together and they seem to begin to enjoy each other and grow closer. Rose feels compelled to give up and move on. Will Rose stay and work on the marriage with Samuel? Will there be a happily ever after for the couple? 

WOW, I was captivated by the storyline from the very beginning. I truly enjoy books about "Marriage of Convenience" and this book was a great storyline. I really appreciate how strong Rose is and how determined she is. Samuel and his parents were a bit troublesome throughout the book and were not my favorite characters. The ending of the book took me by surprise, but I also had happy tears. The book is one about family, hope, forgiveness, and love. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Romance. FANTASTIC BOOK! 

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,


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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 Confusion, and 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.  

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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.

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Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

A Not So Convenient Marriage sounds like my kind of book, thanks for sharing it with me!

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

Have a sunshiny day!

Lacey Waters said... Best Blogger Tips

this sounds like a really good read! ty for posting

Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for the review. Sounds like a good story.

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I am rooting for Rose because she seems to sacrifice her life to step in and help Samuel by agreeing to his suggestion of a marriage of convenience.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of A Not So Convenient Marriage, this sounds like a great story and I am looking forward to reading it myself

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

Good book for Fall reading.
Thanks for the contest.

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