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My purpose in writing faith-based historical romance is to spread the truth about our American heritage. These historical novels are more relevant to our present problems than any moment in our nation’s history. Oftentimes, posing the question: How did our ancestors survive the insurmountable hardships and calamities of their era?
My novels are clean, historically correct and the perfect gift for a teenage girl, mature woman, or man who never tires of adventure rich in romance and tradition. That is the reason why I started my adventure by traveling out west while writing Wilted Dandelions.
Wilted Dandelions is about a missionary who during the Second Great Awakening accepts a marriage of convenience with a man she knew little about to sojourn into the wilderness west of the Rocky Mountains. She soon learns that God doesn’t create coincidences—He designs possibilities. Grandaddy A., an Amazon reader, writes:
"I loved this quote from the heroine in the story: 'I'm still such a babe in Christ. Will I ever stop seeking my desires and reasoning it is God's will that I satisfy my own whims?' Can you relate?...you will have to read it--if you want to know what wilted dandelions have to do with a missionary journey."Glancing across the space of years, I realize I have trekked across a Great Divide of my own that only God knew the outcome to. I can see His hand orchestrating the events leading up to my writing career.
But love has its villain—our flawed human nature. Listening to Gran’s true-to-life family romances and heartaches, I formed my Christian-Judeo American characters, arming them with unquenchable faith, perseverance, and dogmatic hope in Christ Jesus. I sprinkle Bible verses through my stories like you sprinkle salt on your food. Gran always said, “The Word always adds just the right flavor!”
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV)
My grandmother did not want to relinquish all the ugly truth about her nationality, who clawed their way out of the hole of prejudices for decades. My mom provided valuable insight into this.
My Destiny series begins in 1857, during the Antebellum Era. My readers will glean valuable historical knowledge and enjoy a romance that any woman or man of today can relate to, learn from, and be inspired with.
Swept into Destiny transports readers through the Antebellum Era and the Civil War; Destiny’s Whirlwind rides through the Gibson Era and the Spanish-American War; Destiny of Heart, through World War I, and the Great Depression; Waltz with Destiny, the Big Band Era, and climaxes with the end of World War II.
This epic Destiny Series did not arrive without conflict. I prayed, arguing with God! I wanted my characters to be the perfect individuals I wanted in myself, my husband, and my children. God let me know in no uncertain terms—not His plan.
Rich Southern belle, Maggie Gatlan is both Irish and English. She’s a rebel disguised in frilly clothes and prefers riding astride rather than side-saddle. She refuses to allow her countrymen to dictate to her conscience and educates the slaves against their owners' wishes.
“This isn’t just a world of beaus, belles, and balls, but of moral ambiguity and searches for truth…” L.H. Amazon Reader
Collina McConnell in Destiny’s Whirlwind doesn’t understand her father’s passion. Ben McConnell wasn’t materialistic. Just what was the mystery behind his legacy for Shushan? The parable of the sower in Luke 8:5 takes on new meaning when Collina’s life choices become as interchangeable as the rocky and thorny soil beneath her shoes. All she has to hold onto is her father’s mustard seed of faith.
Was Rough Rider Franklin Long placed in her life at such a time as this for a reason or was Austin Blaine right about him? War is declared and Franklin leaves. Will he return from the wave-tossed shores of Cuba to resolve his battles—or remain in the dark reaches of his past—and Collina’s?
“… if you've ever loved, then you'll empathize with the feelings and events that unroll in this story!” Rick Barry author of The Methuselah Project
In Destiny of Heart, Collina battles insurmountable odds to rescue Shushan.
Franklin lost what money couldn’t buy. Is it too late to make right his failings?
Ruby McConnell Meir leaves for the prairies of Colorado hoping the climate might cure her husband’s illness. Confusion and uncertainty hover around her skirts like the dust storms, rattlesnakes, and droughts, consuming her energy and weakening her faith. Will her husband live—or die?
The Roaring Twenties dive like a wounded eagle into the Great Depression, placing the McConnells in a battle for survival.
“I read it in 2 days! I read it on my Kindle but bought copies in paperback for gifts. My friends loved it… A great book historically and a great testimony of God's faithfulness… Catherine's books just keep getting better and better.” Peggy, Amazon Reader
The Great Depression was just a bad dream. For the first time in Eric Erhardt’s life, he doesn’t feel hunger pains or wears hand-me-down clothes. He was proud of his accomplishments, his well-paying job, and balancing engineering courses at night. He owned his own car, he was a talented dancer, and could have any girl—well, almost any he set his dimpled smile to winning.
Leaving the little farm in Kentucky for college in the big city of Detroit, Esther Sloan, daughter of Ruby McConnell Sloan, felt she was living an enchanting Cinderella story, complete with prince charming—but was Eric Erhardt for real or just another playboy?
Esther’s story-book romance swirls into a battle for survival when Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. Eric is drafted into the Army and the McConnell legacy is suddenly threatened into extinction.
“I loved the suspenseful and well-crafted twists, turns, and vivid war scenes. They left me reading nonstop while biting my nails. Catherine’s lovely prose, sense of humor, and historical accuracy deliver an unmistakable wow factor.” Deb Gardner Allard AKA Taylor Jaxon, author of Before the Apocalypse
My characters are flawed, some more than others. We might see ourselves in a few, cry, and rejoice with others. Throughout history’s timeless halls, they forge across the insurmountable hardships to reach their destinies.
At the end of your novel journey, you may feel what one of my readers felt enduring and persevering through the Coronavirus Pandemic, “I keep remembering the issues and events from your novels.” Robin R.
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Catherine is an award-winning author of the inspirational historical romances Wilted Dandelions and Destiny of Heart. Her popular Destiny series includes: Swept into Destiny, Destiny’s Whirlwind, Destiny of Heart, and Waltz with Destiny.
She has written Images of America; The Lapeer Area, and Images of America: Eastern Lapeer County.
Her short stories have been published in Guidepost Books, Baker Books, Revell, CrossRiver Media, and Bethany House Publishers.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), President of the Great Lakes Chapter (ACFW GLC). Catherine lives with her husband of 45 years, has two adult children, and four grandchildren.
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