Thursday, May 11, 2023

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Persuade Me Not by Joanne Markey

Book: Persuade Me Not

Author: Joanne Markey

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: April 4, 2023

Forgiveness is only a prayer away… or is it?

As the oldest daughter at Kellynch Station, Elizabeth Elliot prides herself on her exemplary public image. In fact, women could learn a thing or two by following her example—her public example.

There are things Liz doesn’t want known, and she guards them closely. In fact, keeping everyone except her best friend from ever seeing the truth behind her impenetrable facade is the only thing she can control.

Enter Michael Page. Unassuming and too stubborn for his own good, Mick bucks trend by bringing sheep back to cattle country. Just a small flock at first, but their numbers are growing. There’s just one problem to deal with now. Liz Elliot.

With all her airs and fancy ways, and the unreasonable demands she makes of the town and its people, Liz is a walking antagonism. Maybe he should’ve stayed home after that first meeting, but something keeps bringing him back. If nothing else, someone has to foil her outrageous attempts to do who-knows-what with the town.

Then a carefully worded slip of the tongue hints at a mystery that might be worth digging into.

As the truth comes to light, and Liz’s carefully crafted world comes crashing down, who can either of them trust?


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I really enjoy Christian Romance books. Persuade Me Not by Joanna Markey is Book 2 in the Daughters of the Bush Series. I read Book 1 in this series and was excited to read Book 2. 

Elizabeth Elliot(Liz), the oldest daughter at Kellynch Station, she takes pride in herself and is an outstanding Public Citizen. Liz is also a private person about many things in her life and there are a few things that only her Best Friend knows about her. Unbeknown to many, Liz has some secrets about her life that she is embarrassed to share. Liz is shocked to learn that someone wants her Dead. Michael Page is a local Sheep Herder and he is bringing Sheep into Cattle Country. He starts by bringing small herds, but soon the number of Sheep is quite large. He soon realizes Liz isn't happy with all the Sheep in Cattle Country. Mick's first impressions of Liz are that she is a tough cookie, but something keeps him coming back around to Liz. Mick soon realizes that Liz is in danger and wants to protect her and keep her safe from the troubles that abound for her. Will Liz stay safe from the dangers lurking for her? Will there be a Romance between Mick and Liz? 

First of all, I LOVE the setting of the book. The book is set in Queensland, Australia. Secondly, I really LOVE the storyline. Liz and Mick are both strong independent people. Liz is especially proud of herself as a Public person, but she hides behind some deep secrets. Mick is a wonderful caring character. I really LOVE how Mick is filled with inspiration, encouragement, and a Christian spirit. He truly shows Liz the Word of God not only in his words but actions. This book is one of Friendship, Romance, and God's Word. I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Romance books. GREAT BOOK!


Originally from Australia, Joanne Markey now lives in Ohio with her husband and seven children. When she’s not reading or writing, you might find her wandering the property with her kids in search of whatever seasonal treasure they’re trying to find.


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I don’t remember exactly when it was that I first started thinking about writing Persuade Me Not. I know I was still writing Persuade Me, the first book in the Daughters of the Bush series. At the time I started writing, I only planned to write one book in that setting. However, the more I wrote, the more I thought about the other characters. And somewhere along the way, I started thinking that, if Liz ever got her happily-ever-after, it would have to be with someone unexpected.


That idea slowly took hold. It would have to be a man as unlike her father as it was possible to be. Someone humble and down-to-earth. Someone with both the integrity to dig deeper to find the truth, and the stubbornness to knock down all the walls Liz had put up.


Right about then I came across an interesting coffee table book about old shearing sheds in Australia. Being an Aussie living in the US and finding that book on the shelves in a store here meant I instantly bought it. And after flicking through the pages, another idea started to form…


At one point in time, Clermont—the town where my book is set—had a substantial wool industry. Which meant sheep. Which meant it could theoretically be possible for there to be a run-down shearing shed on one of the cattle stations in that area. And, to Walter Elliot, what could be worse than running sheep in cattle country?


As far as Walter Elliott is concerned, he is a cattleman with a long and illustrious heritage. Therefore, only those who emulated his lifestyle would be worthy of the attention of his daughter. (Obviously, no other man would rise to the heights of perfection as he, but they could try.)


I don’t know if there are any sheep in the Clermont area now, but if there are, they’re not a big thing. I don’t remember ever seeing any when I lived there as a kid. It was cattle country, and sheep were something we saw when we were driving to visit my grandparents in Victoria (south of the dingo fence, in other words).


With all of that in mind, if, for the sake of the story, one man brought sheep back… and that one man ended up being stubborn and determined to uncover the truth… we’d have a book.


And that is how Persuade Me Not came to be.

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To celebrate her tour, Joanne is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a 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

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of Persuade Me Not, this sounds like a must read for me and I am looking forward to meeting the characters

Emma said... Best Blogger Tips

I enjoyed the first book in this series!

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

Australia is always an interesting setting since it is so different from where I live. I am interested in learning about the differences between the cattle and sheep ranches.

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