Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Kathleen D. Bailey & Settlers’ Hope

Posted July 17, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Kathleen D. Bailey, romance / 39 Comments

I am thrilled today to welcome the ever-delightful Kathleen D. Bailey back to the blog to chat about her new historical romance Settlers’ Hope! HAPPY RELEASE WEEK!!!

Western Dreams #2
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: White Rose Publishing
RELEASE DATE: July 16, 2020
PAGES: 166

After years of wandering, Pace Williams expects to find a home in the Oregon Country. He doesn’t expect is to fall in love with a fiery Irishwoman bent on returning home to avenge her people.

Oona Moriarty expects one thing: to exact revenge on the English overlords who took her home. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with a man who looks like he’s been carved from this Western landscape.

Together they vow to trust the unexpected and settle into a life, but when Pace’s ancient enemies threaten to destroy the life they’re building, Oona must choose between helping the man she loves and seeking the revenge she craves.


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the theme of home

by Kathleen D. Bailey, author of Settlers’ Hope

I sat back on my haunches and looked at the chaos surrounding me. Peel-and-stick wallpaper that was now more peel than stick, broken furniture that hadn’t been too sturdy to begin with, cardboard cartons waiting to be filled or so old they were falling apart. Cleaning your parents’ house for its final passage from family hands is a fearsome thing, and I had feared it for a while.

When my sister moved in to care for my father, she layered all her stuff, and her teenage son’s stuff, on top of my parents’ vast collection of, well, stuff. There were yard sales, spring cleaning, and one massive purge when my dad knew he was dying – but still there was stuff, amassed by two cheerfully unrepentant pack rats over 60 years in one house.

My sister had already moved out, and she issued the final call to come and go through Dad’s stuff. I wished I had worn latex gloves. I picked through the treasures of my childhood. A gilt chair with a pink velvet seat, our so-called “princess chair.” The gilt was peeling off. An elegant clock that turned out to be plastic. Dollar-store Christmas decorations that didn’t qualify as vintage or anything else. And everything that was left was filthy.

They were children of the Depression and focused on spending money, now that they had it to spend. But most of their trinkets were trash. The items couldn’t bring a dollar at a yard sale, let alone sell to an antique dealer. And the house, the house that they had saved for and proudly acquired after the War, was crumbling too, with plumbing and electricity that hadn’t been touched since the 1960s. My sister couldn’t run a microwave without shutting down the rest of the electricity. She had to go. It had to go.

I seized on the only things that mattered any more, the photo albums. Black-and-white for my childhood, garish 70s color for my sister’s, digital prints for my children’s later childhood and teen years. Some of the events had happened off-site, some had happened right in that house, that yard. Birthday parties, graduations, barbecues. Carefully-documented Christmases. The cakes my mother baked for every occasion, even when my sister got her driver’s license, a cake with a toy car on top. We had fun.

And I knew that what they left us was more than a crumbling house and cheap trinkets. The lessons of family, of love, of celebration would outlast any building.

This was home.

It’s a theme that has influenced all of my fiction work, and a theme I’ve been moving toward without even knowing it: finding a home with God’s choice for you, and with God Himself. A home that isn’t brick and mortar, or even a gypsy caravan, but a home you can take with you wherever you god.

It’s a theme I was already exploring in “Westward Hope,” my first novel with Pelican/White Rose. Caroline Pierce O’Leary has lost her Ohio farm and the husband she built it with. Michael Moriarty has been banished forever from his native Ireland, and his family’s cottage demolished. These two young people find a home and a future in each other, amid the hardships of the Oregon Trail.

In “Westward Hope’s” sequel, “Settlers’ Hope,” Michael’s boss Pace Williams mulls leaving the trail and staying in the Klamath Mountains. He hasn’t counted on falling in love with Michael’s sister, the fiery Oona, who wants to go back to Ireland to avenge her family. Pace resists her invitation to go with her, reasoning that it isn’t his fight, and Oona turns back toward the East alone, but realizes her real home is with him – and returns in time to save his life.

The theme runs through everything I have written. In “Lost and Found,” an historical romance set in post-World War I Manhattan, Violet O’Connell has to convince Karl Lenski that she can make a life with him in Hell’s Kitchen, despite her genteel breeding and “prospects.” In “A Hilltop Christmas,”  a contemporary romance, Jane Archer avoids the people in her hometown, uncomfortable with their unconditional love, until she accepts God’s unconditional love and comes home to Hilltop.

But Caroline and Michael and Pace and Oona and Violet and Karl and Jane and Noah, whew that’s a mouthful, have to come home to Jesus first. To know that He is their forever home.

Because this is the Truth in “Christian fiction.”

I had joked about needing a “brand,” reasoning that my skin was too tough for branding. But as I reviewed my work, my “brand” emerged. I fooled around with “Welcoming You Home,” decided that sounded too much like a Realtor, and came up with “A Home For the Heart.”

Because really, isn’t that what we all want?

Kathleen Bailey is a journalist and novelist with 40 years experience in the nonfiction, newspaper and inspirational fields. Born in 1951, she was a child in the 50s, a teen in the 60s, a young adult in the 70s and a young mom in the 80s. It’s been a turbulent, colorful time to grow up, and she’s enjoyed every minute of it and written about most of it.

Bailey’s work includes both historical and contemporary fiction, with an underlying thread of men and women finding their way home, to Christ and each other. Her first Pelican book, ‘Westward Hope,” was published in September 2019. This was followed by a novella, “The Logger’s Christmas Bride,” in December 2019. Her second full-length novel, “Settler’s Hope,” was released July 17, 2020.

She lives in New Hampshire with her husband David. They have two grown daughters.

For more information, contact her at; @piechick1 on Twitter; Kathleen D. Bailey on Facebook and LinkedIn; or at

Kathleen Bailey is offering a prize to THREE of my readers! One winner will receive an ebook copy of Settlers’ Hope, another winner will receive a print copy of Westward Hope and a third winner will receive a New England themed gift pack. (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Settlers’ Hope by Kathleen D. Bailey? Where is your heart most at home?

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39 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Kathleen D. Bailey & Settlers’ Hope

  1. Kathleen D. Bailey

    Carrie, thank you for hosting me today. I enjoy talking with readers, potential readers and fellow authors. Oh what a journey it’s been. Would love to talk about it with any of you, and don’t forget my prizes!
    There’s a small typo in paragraph 8, but you probably know what I meant.

  2. Hi Kathy & Carrie, Kathy I love your new tag line/brand “A Home for the Heart!” That’s fantastic! I want to read Settler’s Hope because I really enjoyed Kathy’s debut, Westward Hope! Best wishes on your new release!

    • Kathy Bailey

      Thank you, Kelly. Cleaning out my dad’s home was a watershed experience for me as I realized that most of what they left us, physically, was junk, but the values and memories endured. And that’s kind of what I was getting at with Pace and Oona. Ireland, Oregon, who really cared?
      Kelly is one of my fellow Pelican authors and made a rather brilliant debut with “A Love Restored” a couple of years ago.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Anne

    I enjoyed your beautiful post about your parents, their house and the contents as well as your understanding of the era. What an emotional and heartbreaking responsibility. Your novel sounds captivating and very special. I enjoy historicals which are meaningful and profound. I was born in 1947 so I can relate to your experiences and the period. I believe that the 1950’s were wonderful, unforgettable, filled with hope and a life with meaning and depth. I miss those days which are impossible to replicate.

    • Kathy Bailey

      Oh, thank you, Anne. Yes, there was a lot that was good about the 50s.
      I like historical fiction too, which is why I write it. People’s lives were so much harder, both because of the lack of technology and the social mores. That was one of the kickstarts for my first book, “Westward Hope.” The heroine Caroline was initially disgraced in her small town because she had an affair with Michael and lost her teaching position. Which wouldn’t happen today, they’d at least give her a baby shower. Then her baby dies, her husband Dan dies, and she finds herself working her way west on a wagon train — and Michael shows up as the scout. So the whole reunion thing plays out against the Oregon Trail. Today they’d take a Greyhound bus, or a Winnebago. I can do contemporaries, but I have to work a lot harder to up the stakes.
      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Kathy Bailey

      Linda, thanks for stopping by. Are you a reader, writer or both? Please enter the drawing, I give really good prizes!

  4. Kay Garrett

    Love reading inspirational history romances. “Settlers’ Hope” by Kathleen D. Bailey sounds like a wonderful book and one I’m sure I would greatly enjoy reading. It’s now on my TBR list.

    My heart is most at home in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Three years ago, we finally were able to make the move there and love it. We enjoy traveling and seeing other parts of this great nation, but we are always more than happy to return to our little piece of heaven in the Ozark Mountains.

    • Kathy Bailey

      Kay, thanks for stopping by. I have always wanted to visit the Ozark Mountains. They do sound like a “piece of heaven.”
      I also enjoy reading inspirational historical romances, when I’m not writing them. It’s so fun to dip back into another period of time and learn what it was like, what they ate, how they dressed, the social mores, and yet to realize that at heart they were just like us.

    • Kathleen D. Bailey

      Oh, Sarah, your words warm my heart. That’s what this is all about, telling stories. It actually plays off my first book, “Westward Hope,” where Michael and Caroline are introduced. Either one is available through the Pelican and Amazon links, above, or try your luck at the drawing!
      I do a lot of Oregon Trail stories because it was one of the pivotal moments in our history. I believe everyone who set off from St. Joseph or Independence had a story to tell. Or for me to make up.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Roxanne C.

    I enjoyed Kathy’s post about the theme of home. I want to read about Oona’s journey and her realization of “home” in Westward Hope. Actually, I have placed both Settlers’ Hope and Westward Hope on my wishlist.

    • Kathy Bailey

      Hey Roxanne, thanks for stopping by. Hope you’ll be able to check out the books. Oona is quite character and I enjoyed our time together. “Westward” and “Settlers” are both available on Amazon and the Pelican site, or you could try your luck with my giveaway.

  6. Sandy Smith

    Welcome, Kathy. Congratulations on the release of Settlers’ Hope. It was good and fun to see how Pace’s story was continued from the first book. So I don’t need to enter the drawing. Someone will be glad to get it. I enjoyed the story of cleaning out your dad’s house. My siblings and I are actually getting together at my dad’s house in the middle of August to do that very thing. He is in good health, but my youngest brother was able to convince him that we need to clean it out sooner rather than later. I’m sure it will be a project.

    • Kathy Bailey

      Sandy, you could still enter for the New England Gift Pak, up to you.
      You and your siblings are smart to do your father’s house now. That way he has more control, and he can designate what he wants to go to whom. Make it a celebration of his life.
      Glad you liked the actual blog post. I try to do more with them than just blah, blah, blah I published a book.
      Sandy, thanks for your continued support.

    • Kathy Bailey

      Oh, Lual, I know. I Still Like Paper Books. So much better in so many situations, and also an art form.
      Hope you win. If not, contact me offline and we’ll see what we can do.

  7. Diana Hardt

    I liked the blurb and your post. It sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Jeanna Massman

    I was born, raised and spent most of my life in Iowa. I was lucky to grow up on a farm, even though I might not have thought so then. My parents shielded me from all the hardships they endured. I never felt poor or underprivileged but by some standards, I probably was. I can relate to your stories and look forward to reading them.

    • Kathy Bailey

      Thanks Jeana. It sounds like your parents did a good job. A farm background leaves kids with so many skills!
      Hope you like the books.

  9. Vivian Furbay

    I like historical fiction and this sounds like a real good one. Unfortunately I can only read print books. Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Kathy Bailey

      Vivien, I hear you, many of my readers prefer print. If you don’t win the drawing, contact me offline and I can sell you a print copy of the first book. The second one will be out in paper this fall.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Marilyn

    This book is my kind of read. I love reading books that are about families. My most comfortable place to read is in my bed.

  11. Debbie CLATTERBUCK

    I find the book quite interesting and can’t wait to find out how things progressed and if Oona ever makes it back to Ireland to avenge her people or settles down for good in Oregon Country. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Good luck everyone.

  12. Connie Porter Saunders

    I am a fan of historical Christian fiction and Oona’s story sounds fascinating! Thanks for this giveaway.

  13. Julie Waldron

    This sounds like a wonderful series and I love your story about going through the stuff in your parents home. We have a garage and basement full of stuff from when we moved into this home a little over a year ago. Looking through it brings back memories & it’s hard to let go. My home is wherever my family is.

  14. Donna B

    I love reading inspirational historical books even though I hated history in school. I can relate to your post about going through your parents collections of things. My dad passed away in 1993 and my mom in 2017. Thanks for this giveaway.

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