Blog Hop (and a Giveaway!): Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands (featuring Carrie Fancett Pagels)

Posted May 29, 2017 by meezcarrie in Carrie Fancett Pagels, Christian, giveaway, historical, romance / 69 Comments

about the book

Seven women seek husbands to help them rebuild a Kansas town.

Meet seven of Turtle Springs, Kansas’, finest women who are determined to revive their small town after the War Between the States took most of its men. . .and didn’t return them. The ladies decide to advertise for husbands and devise a plan for weeding out the riff raff. But how can they make the best practical choices when their hearts cry out to be loved?

Dime Novel Suitor by Carrie Fancett Pagels

When a British dime novel enthusiast finds himself flat broke in Kansas, he discovers what western life and true love are all about. Barden Granville IV grew up at Cheatham Hall, Kent, England, devouring cowboy stories and dreaming of the day he, with no prospects of inheriting estate nor title, could escape to the American frontier. Educated and ordained an Anglican priest, his trip to America is his “last hurrah” before accepting a vicarage in a small town far from his aristocratic family’s estate. When a series of misadventures leaves him without money and stranded, he must take up employment immediately.

After her father dies, widow Caroline Kane becomes the owner and proprietor of a restaurant and inn. She also assumes responsibility for her five teenaged siblings. Caroline’s busybody married sister insists that an Englishman who purports to answer an ad for help, is the perfect candidate for Caroline’s next husband. While she’s relieved to have help, Caroline finds Barden’s primary asset to be his silver tongue. When his efforts finally bring fruit, Barden receives word from England that could leave Caroline worse off than before, for her heart will leave with him. Will Barden answer his heart and God’s call in Kansas, or will his family responsibilities compel him to leave his dreams behind?

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GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2017
PAGES: 448

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The Story Behind the Names — Dime Novel Suitor by Carrie Fancet Pagels

Caroline Kane, my heroine, had her name borrowed from Pagels’ Pals member Caryl Kane. Caryl is a sweetheart who supports and promotes many Christian fiction writers’ work. Caryl brings (virtual of course!) food and flowers to our online Facebook parties. Her last name has a nice strong-sounding quality to it, don’t you think? Her maiden name was borrowed from a business in Charleston, South Carolina, where I used to live. Tumbleston was used because I wanted the inn, that Caroline’s family owned, to be named after the Tumble Inn, a hotel near where I grew up. My mom always loved to tease that you would “Tumble Inn and roll out.”  So I had fun using that.

My hero, Barden Granville IV, is got his moniker from two of my friends. Libbie (Barden) Cornett is one of my best friends and is the one who got me interested in Christian fiction almost three decades ago. Chris Granville is one of my Pagels’ Pals group members and has been such a support, doing Beta reading and advance reading of my books. Doesn’t Chris’s married name sound posh? And no, I didn’t “borrow” from Lord Granville on Downton Abbey!

I like to use friends’ names in my story. So my readers Deanna, Lorraine, and Virginia had their names used for my heroine’s sisters. And I use family names. My husband’s uncle Alvin passed away the previous year as had my cousin Leonard. I used their names as Carolyn’s brothers, in a nod to their memories. Henry was my father’s middle name and I really like that name. He’s Caroline’s third brother.

I sometimes use the names of real life people from an era. When I came upon research showing that the soldiers at Mackinac Island, in this era, had been injured Army veterans of the Civil War, and that they’d come from out west to the fort in Michigan (no evidence they went through Kansas so I took fictional liberties), I decided to use some of their real names, documented in a book.

about the author

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author. With a dozen Christian historical romances published, this former “Yooper” writes Christian historical romances about overcoming. She grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where many of her stories are set. Possessed with an overactive imagination, that wasn’t “cured” by twenty-five years as a psychologist, she loves bringing characters to life. Carrie and her family reside in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, which is perfect for her fascination with history. Carrie enjoys reading, traveling, baking, and beading-but not all at the same time!

Her short story, The Quilting Contest, was Historical Fiction Winner of Family Fiction’s “The Story” national contest. Her novella, The Substitute Bride was a 2016 Maggie Award published finalist for Romance Novellas. Grand Exposé was a 2014 Maggie Award honorable mention for a novel set on Mackinac Island (now entitled My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring, Barbour, July 2017). All three of her Christy Lumber Camp books were long list finalists for Family Fiction’s Book of the Year and The Fruitcake Challenge was a Selah Award finalist. Her novel, Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter (White Rose/Pelican, June, 2016) received a Starred Review by RT Book Reviews.

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Grand Prize Giveaway: Kindle Fire + Postcards of Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order, bookmarks from upcoming release My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring, print copy of Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands, cowboy-themed earrings, and an ebook copy of Holt Medallion finalist “The Steeplechase.”

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If 10+ unique commenters post on this blog, one commenter will be selected to receive a print copy of Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands (US only).


What about you? Carrie named her characters in Dime Novel Suitor after specific people. Are you named for anyone?

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69 responses to “Blog Hop (and a Giveaway!): Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands (featuring Carrie Fancett Pagels)

  1. Lovely! I love this cover and topic! I think it might be one of those that just doesn’t get old! Carrie, i love how you choose the names in your books!

    Thanks for posting this and the giveaway! Would love to get a copy! Woohoo!

  2. Lori Smanski

    this sounds like a fun and interesting book. my name is lournetta. i was named after my uncle lourn. my fathers only brother. i was the first child born between the two brothers and since i was a girl, my mom just added the etta at the end. i was very close to my uncle.

    • Lori, I love that name — Lournetta! I want to BORROW it!!! It is very pretty! I’ve never heard of the name Lourn before, that’s a cool name for your uncle. And what a blessing that you had a close relationship with your uncle! Thanks for coming by!

  3. Connie Scruggs

    I love how Carrie chooses character names.
    I am named after my granny and my great grandma.

    • Thanks, Connie! Were granny and great-grandma named Constance? That has been such a popular name for a long time. We jokingly called our then-3-year-old daughter “Connie” for Constant Motion!!!

  4. My middle name is a family name. My Grandmother’s name was Louise. My mother’s middle name is Louise. My middle name is Louise. One of my cousins middle name is Louise, and one of my nieces also has the middle name of Louise.

    • Trisha, what is really cool about that is for future family members doing genealogical work, it is good to find those name connections. For instance, Susannah Sehler Roush, one of my ancestors, had a bunch of granddaughters named after her and their descendants also had more Susannahs. It’s nice having that connection isn’t it? My name, Carrie, was my paternal grandmother’s middle name.

  5. Carolyn Tye

    My name is Carolyn. I used to hate my name. Only old ladies at church were Carolyn. I couldn’t find stationary or jewelry with the spelling of my name. Then when i was a teenager, a main character in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful was Carolyn. All of a sudden the name was okay.

  6. James Robert

    Awesome you use all the names as you do in your books. That’s terrific! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  7. Andrea Stephens

    Love this book! Barden thought he was there for one reason, Caroline thought he was there for something else. It was such fun to read 🙂

    I got my middle name “Jo” from my aunt Josephine and my mom’s friends, Connie Jo, Becky Jo, and Bonnie Jo. I was originally going to be Julie Anne, but the woman my mom shared a room with named her little girl that.
    (I’m not entering, I have this wonderful book)

    • Hi Andrea Jo! That’s cool about having an aunt Josephine (I love that name and had Jo Christy from “The Fruitcake Challenge” with that name — a nod to Little Women’s Jo!) Thanks for coming by, Andrea! Hugs!

  8. Janet Estridge

    I wish I knew. My name was popular at the time so maybe that’s way. I do know that my cousin was named for me and my middle sister.

  9. Patty

    Sounds like a fun book! If you as a lady were going to do this, it certainly would be nice to have other friends and neighbors doing the same thing.

    • Hi PATTY! If you come back maybe you can clarify what you mean! Thinking of author “neighbors” we often do name characters after readers or get readers’ input on names. That can get a little dicey if a popular reader ends up in several books released near the same time!

  10. Sabrina Templin

    I would love to read this because as most know there was a musical done; 7 Brides for 7 Brothers and I’d love to see her take on this.

    • Hi SABRINA! This collection has absolutely nothing to do with the 7 Brides for 7 Brothers. I loved that movie, though!!! This is a completely different story and characters and setting!

  11. Dianne Casey

    Love the cover of the book and I’m looking forward to reading it. I like reading about that period in history. It had to be hard facing a future with a bride or husband you never met before, guts or desperate? I was named after a family friend of my Dad’s. He lived with them while going to school in Chicago.

    • Hi Dianne! Barbour always does a great job on these covers, don’t they? And it has that beautiful deckle edge on it too! This post-Civil War period of time is an interesting one because of the healing that most of the nation hoped for. Mail-order spouse — yes, I think you have to be pretty desperate and pretty gutsy too! So was your dad’s friend named Dion? Or was Dianne his last name? That’s nice your family could help him while he went to school!

  12. Enjoyed this post so much! I love mail order brides but have never read a book about Mail order husbands! This one is a must read!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!
    Blessings. Joy
    ibjoy1953(at) yahoo dot com

    • HI JOY! I thought it was pretty cool that Becky Germany came up with this idea for a collection! I don’t think I’ve seen a mail-order husband collection before, either! Blessings!

  13. My name came out of a baby book (though people often think it was chosen because it sounds similar to my mother’s name Eva).

    Love the theme for this collection! I need to read it 😀

    • I think baby name books were really popular for a while and you can still find them! My daughter’s name came out of a teenage fiction book I read way back in the day! I had people who thought I named her after a soap opera name that was popular at the time or after the Greek mythology, but no!

      Best wishes! If you don’t win on this hop, come visit on the others for a chance to win a copy, Yvette!

  14. MH

    My name was picked by one of my aunts who wanted a daughter but was granted two sons. Not really named after anyone, but it’s a good story!

  15. Winnie Thomas

    I’m named after my aunt, my mother’s only sister.

    Nice post, Carrie and Carrie! Nice name, too! Carrie P., congratulations on your new release and your upcoming ones. You’ve been very busy!

    Carrie S., thanks for the post and for being my BFFF!

    Hugs to you both!

    • Hi WINNIE! That’s special being named after your aunt! Thanks! Carrie was my grandmother’s middle name! I have been busy and will be busy even more with another three books contracted! Hugs and love to you!

  16. Becky Smith

    Love the covers for both the new collection and for The Steeple Chase! Fun interview!

  17. Elma Brooks

    First let me say thanks for the giveaway,
    Love the covers
    Would also love to win

  18. Trixi

    According to my mom, I was named after the actress Anne Marie. My dad wanted to put something in front of the Anne so they came up with Trixianne (Marie is my middle name). One of these days I need to look up this actress since I don’t know who she is 🙂

    Love the Barbour collection books! Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Rebecca Maney

    These collections of stories have just gotten better and better. I would a chance to win a copy of this one!

  20. Janice Moore

    What a unique story line! I enjoyed reading about all the names, too!
    I am Janice, named thus because my parents liked it. They called me by my nickname, “Jan.” When I was 18, I decided to be called “Janice,” I suppose to reflect the more mature person I was becoming (one can always hope!)
    Also at 18, I decided on my hopeful future children’s names, Christopher Michael, Rachel and Cara. Rachel came along many, many years later. It means “innocent and pure.” Cara came along many more years later, and it means “joy.” I had learned from my husband’s classes in Greek.
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Janice (meaning “God is gracious”)

  21. Debora Wilder

    I really enjoyed finding out where you came up with the names you used in your story. Thank you for sharing.

  22. I’m named Heidi since my dad lived in Austria for two years on a church mission before he married my mom and he liked the name. I’ve always loved the book Heidi 🙂

  23. Sabrina Templin

    I am not named after anyone that I am aware of. My dad named me and since he is passed I can’t ask him why he named me Sabrina…lol

  24. Brenda Murphree

    Love these books! I am named after my Mom. We have the same middle name “Levena”. Different I know. Thanks for the giveaway.

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