Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Lessons on Love by Dietze, Gerlach, Maher & Pagels

Posted October 22, 2019 by meezcarrie in Carrie Fancett Pagels, Christian, giveaway, historical, Kathleen L. Maher, Rita Gerlach, romance, Susanne Dietze / 7 Comments

The company I co-own with Annie of Just Commonly – JustRead Tours – is doing a social media takeover tour this week for Lessons on Love and I wanted to make sure y’all knew about the great giveaway too!

GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance / Novella Collection
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2019
PAGES: 448

4 Teachers Find More Than They Bargained for in Their Contracts

Something Old, Something New by Kathleen L. Maher
New York, 1840s
Her father’s sudden death makes Gilda Jacobs the new schoolmaster, but to teach Christian curriculum she partners with fire-and-brimstone revivalist Joshua Blake, who learns a lesson in love.

Love in Any Language by Susanne Dietze
Kansas, 1870
Mary Clarence teaches English to the children of Swedish immigrants, but when her favorite students’ widowed father, Kristofer Nilsson, is accused of robbery, she’s determined to clear his name.

In Desperate Straits by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Mackinac Island, Michigan, 1894
Desperate for work, Margaret Hadley dresses as a young man to secure a dray driver’s position. When soldiers at the fort threaten her, Mackinac Island’s newest teacher, Jesse Huntington, intervenes.

A Song in the Night by Rita Gerlach
Virginia, 1904
Karin Wiles longs to share the uplifting power of music with children. But when she seeks to improve a poorly run school and include orphans, Nathaniel Archer delivers harsh words of opposition from the school board.


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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the award-winning author of over a dozen historical romances, who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.

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Rita Gerlach lives in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountains, amid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland. She was born in Washington D.C., and grew up in a large family in the Maryland suburbs.

“Romantic historical fiction that has an inspirational bent is one way people can escape the cares of life and be transported back to a time of raw courage and ideal love,” she says. “The goal of my writing is to give readers a respite from a stressful world and give them hope.”

In many of her stories, she writes about the struggles endured by early colonists, with a sprinkling of both American and English history. Her genre—Inspirational Historical Romance / Drama.

Rita incorporates into her newer fiction what she learned through her journey—courage, faith, and the precious gift of family and friendship.

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Kathleen L. Maher’s first crush was Peter Rabbit, and she’s loved conflicted heroes ever since. She has two novellas in BARBOUR BOOKS’ collections: Victorian Christmas Brides and Lessons on Love. Winner 2012 ACFW Genesis Award. Author of Sons of the Shenandoah Series: The Abolitionist’s Daughter and The Chaplain’s Daughter.

Kathleen and her husband live in an old farmhouse in upstate NY with their children and a small menagerie.

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Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author of twenty+ published inspirational historical romances, tagline “Hearts Overcoming Through Time.” Carrie’s novel, My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring(Barbour, July 2017) won the 2018 Maggie Awards winnerfor Novel with Religious Elements and was a Romantic Times Book ReviewsTop Pick. Carrie’s romance novella, The Steeplechase, was a finalist in the prestigious Holt Medallion Awards in 2017. Her short story, “The Quilting Contest”, was the Historical Fiction Winner of Family Fiction’s The Storynational contest and published in a book by that name. Her novella, The Substitute Bride, was a 2016 Maggie Award (published) finalist for Romance Novellas. 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.

Possessed with an overactive imagination, that wasn’t “cured” by twenty-five years as a psychologist, Carrie loves bringing characters to life. Brought up in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, Carrieresides with her family and their adopted Kelpie in the Historic Triangle of Virginia. Carrie enjoys reading, traveling, baking, and beading-but not all at the same time!

She blogs at Overcoming With God and Colonial Quills.

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One winner will receive a paperback copy of Lessons on Love, a B&N gift card for $20, a pair of Angel beads earrings (winner gets to pick the color of the angels), a handmade bookmark by Rita Gerlach, and a handmade ornament by Kathleen Maher!

Be sure to check out each stop on the takeover tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown at JustRead. Giveaway began at midnight October 21, 2019 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 28, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.

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7 responses to “Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Lessons on Love by Dietze, Gerlach, Maher & Pagels

  1. Alicia Haney

    It sounds like very good reads by different authors , different lessons from different ways of thinking! I love the cover. Thank you for sharing this review and author introductions.

  2. Alicia Haney

    This book sounds like a very good reads, different stories with different lessons from different ways of thinking! I love the cover, it is beautiful! Thank you for sharing about this book and introducing the different authors that wrote these different stories.

  3. Winnie Thomas

    This sounds like a fun collection about teachers. It’s always interesting to see the different authors’ takes on the subject.

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