Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Ellie's Escape by Linda Shenton Matchett


Book: Ellie’s Escape

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: March 25, 2022

She’s running for her life. He needs a trophy wife. They didn’t count on falling in love.

Ellie Wagner is fine being a spinster school teacher. Then she witnesses a bank hold up and can identify the bandits. Fellow robbery victim Milly Crenshaw happens to run the Westward Home & Hearts Matrimonial Agency so she arranges for Ellie to head West as a mail-order bride. But her groom only wants a business arrangement. Can she survive a loveless marriage?

Banker Julian Sheffield is more comfortable with numbers than with people, but he’s done well for himself. Then the bank president tells him that in order to advance further he must marry in six weeks’ time. The candid, unsophisticated woman sent by the agency is nothing like he expected, but time is running out. When her past comes calling, does he have what it takes to ensure their future?


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Linda Shenton Matchett is one of my favorite authors. I also enjoy Mail Order Bride storylines. I was excited to have the opportunity to read Ellie's Escape, which is Book 27 in the Westward Home and Hearts Mail-Order Brides series.

Ellie Wagner loves her job as a School Teacher. Her life might be taking a sudden change after she was a witness in a Bank Robbery. She is able to identify the Robbers so now her life may be at risk. Milly Crenshaw was also a witness to the Bank Robbery and she happens to run a Mail Order Bride company and can help Ellie relocate West if she signs up to be a "Bride".  Julian Sheffield is a successful Banker and enjoys his job to the fullest. He would love to be promoted within the Bank he works for. His boss tells him he must find a Bride and be married within 6 weeks to get a promotion. He decides to get a "Mail Order Bride" and Ellie arrives as his "Bride". Will Ellie and Julian be able to find a way to take a "Marriage of Convenience" and make it a marriage based on real love? Will there be any secrets revealed that could hinder a real love marriage? 

I really enjoyed this book from the very first chapter! "Marriage of Convenience" books are always a fun read for me. Ellie was lucky to know Milly and be able to escape the immediate danger after the Bank Robbery. Ellie does have hesitation when she finds out the motive of her prospective "Groom". I didn't like Julian at first, as he had a selfish motive for wanting a Mail Order Bride. I  LOVE how Julian changed throughout the book and became a kinder, gentler person. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Romance Fiction. GREAT BOOK!

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star-Spangled Banner fame). Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.


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Dear Reader,


One of my favorite tropes to use in a story is the proverbial “fish out of water,” so when it came time for me to brainstorm the idea for Ellie’s Escape, I made a list of situations that would be uncomfortable for my protagonists (see what we writers do to our poor characters?).


As a result, I sent my female protagonist from the crowded city of Boston, Massachusetts (population 362,000) to the remote reaches of Gunnison, Colorado (population 888) where because of its location in the Rocky Mountains is one of the coldest places in winter in the United States. Compared to Boston’s elevation of 141’, Gunnison’s elevation of over 7,700 feet had to seem dizzying to my poor girl. The research into Gunnison was very fun, and I was able to use my boss as a subject matter expert because he’d lived there for several years before moving to New Hampshire. I gave my painfully shy male protagonist a gregarious mail-order bride that he doesn’t quite know what to do with.


Here are a few fun facts about Gunnison:


  • The Gunnison River drops an average of forty-three feet per mile through Black Canyon which is SIX times more than the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
  • Standing at 2,250 feet from river to rim, Black Canyon’s Painted Wall is the tallest cliff in Colorado, and nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building.
  • The town is named for a man who only stayed for three days – explorer John W. Gunnison who was searching for a route for the transcontinental railroad.
  • A little-known site for gold and silver mining, Gunnison and the surrounding area produced a reported 130,000 ounces of gold.
  • Gunnison residents isolated themselves during the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918. All highways were barricaded near the county lines, and train conductors warned passengers that if they got off the train in Gunnison, they’d be arrested and quarantined for five days.


Comment and name a fun fact about where you live for your chance to win the grand prize.



Linda Shenton Matchett

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Locks, Hooks and Books, February 17

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 18

Connie’s History Classroom, February 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 20

Mary Hake, February 20

Holly’s Book Corner, February 21

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Visa Gift Card and signed copy of the book!!

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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Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

I like the cover for this book and the synopsis has intrigued me, Ellie’s Escape sounds like a must read for me and I am looking forward to meeting the characters

Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a great book.

Linda Matchett said... Best Blogger Tips

@Bea LaRocca

Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you're intrigued by the synopsis.

Linda Matchett said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rita Wray

Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

Nova said... Best Blogger Tips

that dress in the cover is so lovely!

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Kendra and Linda! I enjoyed the review and Linda's section of the post. She does a great job of including historical details in her books. Fun fact: My hometown still has a drive-in movie theater.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a good book.

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Kendra, Thank you for sharing your excellent review.

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