Welcome to Heroes, Heroines, and History. Read all the way through the post to find out how to leave a comment and be entered into a random drawing for a print copy (US only) of MissAdventure Brides Collection, which includes my story, Detours of the Heart.
The idea for the story came from research on the Harvey House. Created by Fred Harvey, Sr,
|Fred Harvey Sr|
But beginning in 1876, the Harvey House chain of restaurants changed all that. Mr. Harvey hired professional chefs, and in the beginning, personally trained the front-of-house staff, including the servers, busboys, and managers.
|Harvey Girl and Customer|
While doing research for the first book, I came across an interesting reference to Mr. Harvey’s love of all things Southwestern. In fact, he acquired one of the largest collections of early-19th-century native artifacts.
|Squaw Blossom Necklace|
|La Alvarado, Albuquerque, NM|
many museums criss-cross the states between Kansas and California.
Perhaps one of the most endearing facts about the Harvey House and its “Girls” is that many of them started working for Mr. Harvey in hopes of meeting a rich passenger from a train who would marry them and take them elsewhere. However, most ended up renewing their contracts many times. One of the longest-serving Harvey Girls worked for the company in excess of 25 years.
Giveaway: which do you prefer: history or mystery? Leave a comment to be entered into a random drawing for a print copy (US only) of the MissAdventure Brides Collection.
Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Christian Authors Network, and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a critique group, and teaches writing classes. Donna ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. She is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.
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About MissAdventure Brides Collection: These seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back from adventure.
About Detours of the Heart: A tour guide who wants to move on, a playboy who’s never had a place to call home—can they overcome their own plans and allow God to make their path straight, or will they take yet another detour?
That was a great post! I had heard of the Harvey Girls before but I appreciate knowing more about them. As for your question, I can't say whether I like history over mystery, I love them both. I just like good, engaging stories!ReplyDelete
Thanks for joining us, Connie!Delete
I would choose history over mystery almost every time.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing, Lisa!Delete
Thank you for sharing some wonderful information. I love reading about the Harvey Girls. Some fascinating stories about them. I love reading history. I love to learn about the men and women of the past and how they chose to make life better for others as well as themselves.ReplyDelete
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There's so many fascinating men and women from the past to learn about and learn from. I'm glad you stopped by, Lori!Delete
I enjoy both but tend to read more historical than I do mystery and I really enjoy books involving the Harvey girls. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book, I have it on my wish list!ReplyDelete
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Good luck in the giveaway, Wendy!Delete
Thank you for sharing your great post! I choose history over mystery.ReplyDelete
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I'm glad you enjoyed it, Melanie!Delete
Hi Donna, I know this sounds wishy-washy but I love them both almost equally. I grew up loving Nancy Drew but as I've matured, I've started reading a lot of historical fiction. If I can find a historical suspense/mystery I am definitely hooked!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing about the Harvey House.
Thanks for sharing, Connie. I appreciate you stopping by!Delete
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!ReplyDelete
Sorry, don't know why that snafu'ed! Thank you, HHH, for hosting me today! As you all can see, this is one of my favorite topics.Delete
Thank you for this interesting post. I choose history over mystery and have always found the Harvey Girls fascinating. Thank you. teshawATsbcglobalDOTnetReplyDelete
Good luck in the drawing, Tammie! :)Delete
Interesting post, I had no idea the Harvey House's were around for so long!ReplyDelete
I definitely love historical fiction, more than mysteries...
Thanks for reading, Patty!Delete
I enjoy reading about the Harvey Houses. I can across a postcard of a Harvey House that was less than ten miles from where I live. Who knew? I like a good mystery, but history comes first.ReplyDelete
Wow, that's so neat! History is all around us! :)Delete
I really enjoy both but prefer history, especially a historical mystery :). I have always been fascinated with the Harvey Girls. Thanks so much for the giveaway! bettimace at gmail dot comReplyDelete
Good luck in the giveaway, Betti!Delete
I like both and probably read them in equal amounts.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing!Delete
I’m in book heaven with historical mystery!ReplyDelete
Love it, Pam! :) Good luck in the giveaway!Delete
I enjoy historical mysteries!ReplyDelete
Appreciate you stopping by, Caryl!Delete
I had read about the Harvey girls but enjoyed learning more with your informative post.ReplyDelete
I've always enjoyed historical fiction and continue to read this genre; however, I like when an author adds a little mystery to the story, too. Blessings.
The Miss America Brides Collection sound like a fun read.
So glad you enjoyed my post. Good luck in the drawing, Marilyn!ReplyDelete