Monday, October 19, 2015

In His Arms (Blemished Brides Book 3) - Teaser Tuesday and First Chapter/First Paragraph

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I'm fascinated by stories that involve the Orphan Trains, and that's what attracted me to In His Arms. In case you didn't know, the Children's Aid Society and other organizations transported orphaned children from New York City to rural areas for adoption, beginning around 1854 and continuing until 1929. Though some children were taken into loving homes, many were treated as hired hands or slaves. In His Arms is a novel about a young disabled women from an orphan train who was mistreated by the people who adopted her, eventually escaped, and went on a search for her sister. 
FYI: Although this is Book 3 in the Blemished Bride series, it stands alone.


Genre: Historical Romance
Amazon link: In His Arms
Length: 169 pages
Author Blog: Peggy L. Henderson 

First Paragraph / First Chapter:

Elk Lodge, Montana Territory 1888
     The mule brayed and balked, its incessant calls mixing with the sounds of harnesses jingling and horses trotting down the busy main street of Elk Lodge. Levi Colter tugged on the lead rope and cursed the ornery critter he'd dragged behind him for the last ten miles since coming out of the mountains.

Teaser (from 47% on my Kindle):
Cold fury had raced through him, fueled by what he'd learned about Grace, and what had happened to her. The system that was supposed to provide for children without families, and find a better life for them, had failed her miserably. How many more orphans were out there who might be worse off than before?

Synopsis from Goodreads:

     A woman unable to trust. A man consumed by guilt. Can two lonely souls find a common ground and pave a path to love? 
     Grace Jennings knows how to survive, but she’s learned long ago not to trust anyone, least of all a man. Sent west on an orphan train with her sister, Grace finds herself adopted into an unimaginable situation. She will stop at nothing to find and reunite with her sibling, and keep her safe from the man who is out to exploit homeless young girls. 
     Levi Colter is a loner by choice. Haunted by the guilt of his sister’s death, he escapes into the mountains with his grief. Living an isolated life protects him from the heartache of losing those closest to him. When a stubborn young woman and a couple of runaways seek shelter at his cabin, Levi's solitary existence is turned upside down. 
     Thrown together unexpectedly, Grace and Levi are forced to put old hurts aside and confront their deepest demons. Can two people with troubled pasts let go of their guilt and mistrust, and learn what it means to open their hearts? 

*Content Warning: This book contains mild language, mild violence, and physical intimacy, and is intended for mature readers. 
Heat Level: 2-3 (on a scale of 1-5), PG/PG13


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38 comments:

Margot said...

This is going on my to-read list. I also like the stories of the orphan trains. Thanks for sharing this one.

Cleo Bannister said...

This is one for me! I am fascinated by the orphan trains too - a great but troubling part of history. Great choice!

JoAnn said...

I've been fascinated by orphan trains ever since reading The Chaperone a couple of years ago. I'll take a closer look at this one - thanks!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I don't think I could read this one, but hope you enjoy it Sandy.

Donna H said...

Historical romance isn't really my thing, but I hope you enjoy it. Girl Who Reads

Laura Thomas said...

I've seen a movie about the Orphan Trains and find it a fascinating part of history. I also like that you can read this as a stand alone. Going on my list!! Great teaser choice, Sandy:)

Beth F said...

I find the whole orphan train thing fascinating, but I'm not quite sure this book is for me.

Monica's Bookish Life said...

Well, you had me from the opening and your comments about the book. This looks like something I'd really like.

Running N Reading said...

Probably not one that I would pick up, but I certainly hope you enjoy it, Sandy! Thanks for sharing this one!

Jacqueline Gum said...

This sounds compelling for sure! Definitely going on my to read list!

Literary Feline said...

I have read a little about orphan trains in recent years. This does sound like an interesting book. I hope Grace and Levi find the peace of mind and heart they need.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I am endlessly fascinated by stories of a system gone awry....and orphan trains are part of that system.

This one sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “A PLACE WE KNEW WELL”

Peggy Henderson said...

Thank you so much for posting my book, Sandy! I'm so happy that you enjoyed it. It was fascinating learning about the Orphan Train while researching this book. The stories that can be told are endless. Reading stories of actual orphan train riders was fascinating for me, but I didn't base Grace's story on anyone I read about, although her story could have very well happened.

sonja carroll said...

Loved this book. The issues that Levi amd Grace have faced in their life amd have to overcome are inspiring. Gaining each others trust and learning to love was told beautifully on this story. One I will re read over and over!

sonja carroll said...

Loved this book. The issues that Levi amd Grace have faced in their life amd have to overcome are inspiring. Gaining each others trust and learning to love was told beautifully on this story. One I will re read over and over!

Anita Rohn said...

Completely captivated by the story of the orphan train and the aspect of having to learn to trust and accept help from others. It is amazing what can be overcome with love and understanding. Well written and captured in this enduring story.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

FYI: I usually contact authors whose book I'm featuring, and it's always a delight when I get a response. Thank you, Peggy Henderson, for stopping by.

Claudia Arroyo said...

This sounds very similar to a book I presently reading, Redeeming Love. Which touches greatly on trust issues, I truly like the sounds of this one. Thanks for sharing Sandra :D

Diann Theis said...

I have read all of Peggy L. Henderson's books and each one is as good as the last. You will never be disappointed with her books, they are full of action, intrigue, danger, love and the adventure of the Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. In His Arms was especially good. I can't wait until her next one is finished.
Diann T

Sherrey Meyer said...

Definitely this one is going on my TBR list. I read The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein, and thanked God my dad, who was orphaned in 1905, was not a victim of that program. Thanks for the teaser you shared today.

BTW, although raised in TN, I now live in OR. We're neighbors!

Peggy Ann said...

The orphan train aspect interest me but I don't like romance novels at all so I would probably pass on this one.

melovebooks said...

Intriguing teaser and story! I'm not a big fan of romance novels, but the orphan train aspect is really interesting.

proxyfish said...

This sounds like quite an intense read! I hope you enjoy it!

Laura said...

Not quite my bag, but I can see where it would be an interesting read. Hope you're enjoying it!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I am also fascinated by the orphan train stories...this sounds like a good historical fiction novel.

Ms. M. said...

Wow! This sounds like a captivating story. Thanks for posting your teaser.

JC Jones said...

Sounds like my kind of book.

Denise @ Life With No Plot said...

Interesting. I don't know much about orphan trains, but it sounds like it would have endless possibilities for stories, both good and bad. Hope you are enjoying it! Happy reading!

Stormi Johnson said...

Sounds like a good one! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

Yvonne said...

I don't usually read historical books, but this is one that interests me. Good choice.

Alison Flores said...

I'm reading Orphan Train now, so that's increased my interest in the topic. This sounds good!

Nise' said...

I have a couple of Orphan Trains books on my stacks and this one sounds very good.

grammajudyb said...

I am going to have to look into the books about the orphan trains. How did I miss that in history class. I would not have thought that this book might be that story, the cover is sort of misleading. Or maybe I am just misunderstanding

Catherine said...

Sounds a bit grim, but great teaser :) The first paragraph reminds me of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' for some reason - so does the cover!

Eustacia Tan said...

I haven't heard of the Orphan Trains, but this sounds like a moving book.

The Candid Cover YA book blogger said...

I haven't heard of this one before! Sounds like quite an interesting read!

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Ohh great quote it looks and sounds like a very interesting and intriguing book. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Sharons Book Nook! said...

Sounds good, thanks for sharing. Enjoy!