Author: Elaine Maners
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: December 28, 2016
by Elaine Manders
Having vanquished his political enemies, Rhyan Cason is anxious to get home to his beloved Carianne. Then he receives word an anthrax outbreak threatens his ranch. Even as he ponders how he can afford to take a wife, dark secrets from the distant past shake his beliefs to the core and convince him he’ll never be able to find forgiveness or make Carianne happy.
Carianne Barlow is stunned when Rhyan breaks their secret engagement. She leaves Sollano, the beautiful ranch house she loves almost as much as its owner, and returns home to Westerfield. While waiting for her shattered heart to heal, she shifts her attention to building the library she’s promised the town.
Even though Colt Holliman offers her a new courtship, circumstances keep drawing her back to Sollano and Rhyan. Torn between her affection for Colt and her love for Rhyan, Carianne realizes almost too late Rhyan’s troubles lie deeper than saving the ranch. He fights an evil that threatens more than his love for her—one only God can defeat.
This is the first book that I have read by Elaine Manders, but it will not be the last. “Surrendered” is book two in the “Intrigue Under Western Skies” series. While you can read this book as a stand alone, I would recommend reading the “Pursued” (book one) before reading this one. I did not read the first book, but wish I had because I was slightly lost. I plan on trying to get a copy of the first book though; so that, I can read the beginning of Ryhan and Carianne’s story.
I enjoyed this book very much. I immediately fell in love with Ryhan and Carianne. They are both strong characters with minds of their own who want their own ways. Both learn that they need to surrender their wills to God before they can have peace and a happy life together. I really hope that there is another book to continue Ryhan and Carianne's journey.
The story is also filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, intrigue, adventure, and romance. I am not usually one to read a Western book, but I loved this one. I wanted to join them in their antics, and I would love to visit Sollano. If you are looking for a fun read, then I would recommend this story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Elaine Manders writes wholesome Christian romance and suspense about the bold, capable women of history and the strong, dependable men who love them. She prefers stories that twist and turn and surprise, told by characters who aren’t afraid to show their love for God and each other. She lives in Central Georgia with a happy bichon-poodle mix. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, crafts, and spending time with her friends, daughter, and grandchildren.
I was born with the gift of story. The make-believe of childhood never left me, but it wasn’t until my daughter left for college, and I was left with the empty nest, that I decided maybe it was time to start writing the stories crowding my mind. I joined a local writers’ group, took a fiction writing course, developed the craft, went to conventions, and started pitching to editors.
Since I wrote romance, I found the publishing industry pushing me to a place I didn’t want to go. The secular publishers wanted steamier writing, and I complied as much as I could. Then when I was offered a chance for publication, I couldn’t allow my name to go on the book. The Christian publishers had a very narrow marketing concept. Again, I tried to comply until I felt the joy of story being squeezed out of me. I took a twelve year hiatus from writing.
Then in 2012, I was sitting in church listening to the familiar parable of the talents. When my pastor asked the question, “Are you hiding your talent?” I immediately visualized that closet filled with my unpublished manuscripts. I rededicated myself to putting my talent to use, and I asked God to send me a new story, if this was what he wanted me to do.
Later that week, I was on the golf course when I laid down on a little hill waiting for my husband to chase a ball in the woods and stared into the deepest, bluest sky I’ve ever seen. The sun was high in the sky, but the shade of blue was so dark I could actually see, not only the moon, but some of the stars. Looking into that sky, I experienced a strange sensation, as if I’d lost contact with the earth and was moving into infinity. I wondered, as I had many times before, how an atheist could look into the heavens and not believe in the Creator. This led me to an investigation of scientific atheism, Darwinism, and the entire series, Intrigue under Western Skies was born. My protagonist is a Darwinist of the 1880s. Book 1, is his spiritual journey to belief in Christianity, and Book 2, takes him to acceptance. The heroine, of course, helps him on this journey, while dodging all the dangers the old west has to offer. Incidentally, will be free on Amazon Apr 18-19.
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