Watercolors by Lorna Seilstad ~ Book Review

November 28, 2020


Author: Lorna Seilstad
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Publisher: Feather House Publishing
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Pages: 369

Strong-willed watercolor artist Amelia York thought she could paint the scenes of her own life – that is until she finds herself responsible for getting her brother, a paralyzed war veteran, home to Iowa and must deal with the moody Army captain God has painted into her life.

Captain Braedon McCrae is ruled by honor and a strong sense of duty. Still, the deaths of two people close to him have left him angry at God and vowing to never love again.

After a steamboat incident forces Amelia and Braedon to marry, Amelia must decide if she will accept Braedon’s offer of an annulment or keep the sacred vows she made before God.

The more Amelia attempts to control her future, the more she muddies the picture, like watercolors in the hand of a child. Can she learn to love, respect, and trust a man she barely knows?


When I first saw the cover of the book it immediately intrigued me. Honestly I am not sure why, but it did. So I knew I had to read it and I am so glad I did for I have found yet another author to add to my ever growing list. We meet so many wonderful characters that are likeable and relatable. Amelia York is an strong willed woman and extremely determined on what she wants. She is an artist and has graduated college with a degree, something that was not heard of in that time period. Women were to be proper ladies, marry and become mothers that support their husbands. Although she wants to get married, she wants someone that is not going to control her but rather support her in her aspirations. 

Braedon is a lawyer and the perfect gentleman, except in Amelia's eyes he isn't. He is a Confederate soldier so he is the enemy even if he is helping her and her brother. He struggles with his faith especially after all the pain and death he has experienced. But he The relationship between Amelia and Braedon is at times rather comical. They are both very stubborn but the chemistry is definitely there. When they are both strongly advised to get married they slowly start falling in for each other and Braedon starts to see Amelia in a different light and he sees the beauty of God through her eyes as she paints with her watercolors. He truly is captivated by her. She starts questioning herself as well and realizes that she has been making plans instead of letting God reveal His plans for her. 

I loved how the author integrated the message of faith throughout the whole story. I have to say that Braedon's Grandmother and Cook were some of my favorite characters. Their wisdom was definitely needed to guide both Amelia and Braedon towards the right path. They planted some seeds that eventually got cultivated. I love having people like that in my life. You know the ones that speak truth to you even when you don't want to necessarily want to hear it. 

The ending left me a little disappointed. I wish there would of been an epilogue or even an extra chapter or two. I would of loved to know what happened between Amelia's dad and Braedon and know more about he

This was my first book by Lorna and definitely will not be my last! If you enjoy Christian Historical Romance Fiction then I suggest you give this one a try!

My Rating: 4 Stars/ Really enjoyed it!! 

Favorite Musings/Quotes:

"You spend too much time telling Him how to do His business, Amelia, and not nearly enough letting Him direct yours."

"She hadn't waited on the Lord to reveal His plans for her. She'd orchestrated her own, and she'd allowed herself to get trapped in the web of lies."

"You need to stop telling God how to do His artwork and trust Him as the artist."

(I received this book from Just Read. I was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts expressed are only my honest opinion.)

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For as long as I can remember, I loved writing. I even dreamed in plots. I also grew up attending antique auctions nearly every weekend, so history was as much a part of my life as chores on our farm in Iowa, reading books, and playing with Barbies.

So, writing historical romances fit perfectly. Times may change, the style of clothes, the way we speak, but the common threads that unite us remain the same. Couples fall in love. Injustices
happen. We fight for what we believe in. We struggle. We endure. We grow.

After graduating from York College in York, Nebraska with an A.A. and then receiving a B.S.Ed. from Lubbock Christian University, I met and married the love of my life, David. God had
written our love story, and I knew from the moment we met that he was the one. It was not love at first sight by any means, but I was so sure he was "it" that I wrote that I'd met the man I would marry in my diary. We pledged our hearts to one another two and half years later.

I taught high school English until my oldest child was born. After that I began my career as a professional wiper. I wiped noses, counter tops, tiny tushes, tears, and scraped knees.

Deciding that my children were now older and less in need of my constant supervision, I started pursuing my first love again --writing. After joining American Christian Fiction Writers, I found a wonderful critique group and began studying the craft of writing.

David and I have three children ages 18, 16, and 11. We also work in youth ministry and teach youth and adult Bible classes.

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