Penelope's Pursuit by Chautona Havig ~ Book Review + Giveaway

October 20, 2021

 


About the Book

 

Book:  Penelope’s Pursuit
Author: Chautona Havig
Series: Westward Home & Hearts Mail Order Brides, Book 1
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 29, 2021

 

Are mail-order-brides changing their minds or is something sinister going on in Kansas?


Ten years ago, Penelope’s sister ran away as a mail-order bride, and it was the last their family ever heard from her.  Now, with their parents dead and Penelope all alone, the young woman has one goal. Find her sister.


It took enough grit for Henry to write to Miss Mildred Crenshaw about finding him a wife in the first place, but when the stage arrives and no bride steps off, the whole thing feels like a confidence scheme. Investigation, however, sends chills down his spine as he realizes women are leaving the east for the west but many never arrive at their destinations.


Is it any wonder that Penelope doesn’t trust the man who abducts her from the clutches of her new friends and rides off into the sunset? Is his explanation reasonable?  Can she convince him to help her find her sister?


And is she about to fall in love with a homesteader on the untamed prairies of Kansas?

 

Click here to get your copy! Also available through Kindle Unlimited.

 







My Thoughts


This was definitely not your typical mail order bride story that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. This was took a twist that I wasn't fully expecting to the effect that it did. I did read the author's mentions of taking a twist to depict the harsh reality of human trafficking that went on in that time period. There is also dealings with drug addiction and suicide. If these are triggers for you then I just want you to be aware. 

I can't say that it was all doom and gloom as it sounds because Chautona has this beautiful gift of not only making everything in a tasteful manner but leading all things to Christ who is our Redeemer. There is sweet moments and the story does have its heartwarming moments. We can't forget the romance that is also woven in. 

If you are looking for your typical mail order bride story/trope then this may not necessarily be for you. But if you want to step a little deeper into the realism of that genre and time period then I would recommend you give this one a try. 

My Rating: 3 Stars/Liked it

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.




About the Author


Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

 

More from Chautona


Mail Order Brides: Do We

Romanticize the Past?


Although I recall reading about mail-order brides in school… somewhere… Patricia MacLachlan’s Sarah, Plain and Tall was my first introduction to the idea of advertising for or requesting the services of a matchmaker to find a wife. The book and the subsequent movie showed the difficulties of such a marriage and left us all with a satisfactory ending.


Some years later, while doing a bit of research, I discovered another side of the coin—a horrifying picture of what happened to some gullible young women and the unscrupulous people who used such matchmaking schemes as a means for human trafficking. It sickened me, as it should anyone.


All my ideas for mail order bride novels ended up as wadded up balls of mental paper and in the wastepaper basket of my mind. A few years passed, and I came up with a twist on mail order brides, one that will see the light of day if I ever have time to write it. A few more years passed, and a series of books featuring a matchmaking service for mail-order brides and the Homestead Act resurrected those ideas. I smoothed a couple out, reconsidered, and decided against writing them.


I’d have to miss the opportunity to join the series.


My mind never does follow orders well. Within minutes of that decision, I had a story. What would happen if there was some funny business going on with girls going west? How could I combine a satisfactory ending where two people came to a meeting of the minds and hearts in the midst of fighting something that ugly?


Penelope’s Pursuit was born.


Is my story idealized? Probably. I’ll be frank with you. I’m okay with that, too. See, sometimes all we need is a reminder that mankind is sinful and in need of a Savior before the story turns into how things should have been. After all, fiction mirrors reality, but it is also an escape.


I hope Penelope’s escape to the west and her pursuit of her sister encourages you to turn to the Lord for every decision, in every trouble, and with every praise possible in between.




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Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 20

Connie’s History Classroom, October 21

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Giveaway




To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of $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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/11fe1/penelope-s-pursuit-celebration-tour-giveaway



4 comments

  1. This sounds like a great story.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts.

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  3. I love the honesty in your reviews. I don't mind tragic stories as long as long as I prepare mentally and have a good rom-com to read next lol.

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