Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Susan Anne Mason & A Haven for Her Heart

Posted October 19, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, romance, Susan Anne Mason / 29 Comments


I’m so delighted to welcome Susan Anne Mason to the blog today – she’s here to share about the heroine in her new historical romance A Haven for Her Heart! I think that cover is so pretty!

A HAVEN FOR HER HEART
SERIES:
Redemption’s Light #1
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: October 13, 2020
PAGES: 368

Upon her release from a woman’s reformatory in 1941 Toronto, Olivia Rosetti wants nothing more than to forget the horrors of her time there and return to normal. But with her family unwilling to forgive and employers wary of hiring her, she quickly ends up desperate and homeless–until a chance encounter with well-to-do widow Ruth Bennington. The two discover they share a painful history and together decide to open a maternity home for troubled women.

Greek widower Darius Reed is determined to protect his daughter from the prejudice that killed her mother and hopes to marry into a prominent Toronto family. But when his employer orders him to persuade Ruth Bennington to sell them her property, Darius soon becomes conflicted over his feelings about the home and his attraction to Olivia.

Despite finding fulfillment in her work, Olivia must fight not only bitter memories and the community’s negative reaction to their mission, but also feelings for the man who is trying to close her home. Can love prove stronger than prejudice and societal pressures, or will past mistakes destroy her chance at true happiness?

 

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character sketch: Olivia Rosetti

by Susan Anne Mason, author of A Haven for Her Heart

Meet Olivia Rosetti

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Olivia is a young woman from an Italian immigrant family. Right before her fiancé leaves for the war, she makes a mistake that will change her life forever. When her father finds out she is pregnant, he not only disowns her, but he has her arrested for being incorrigible and she is taken to the Mercer Reformatory for women. When her son is born, the Children’s Aid Society assumes custody of him, and he is given up for adoption. When Olivia is released from the reformatory, she has no family, no money, no job, and no where to turn. In these direst of circumstances, she must find a way to reinvent herself.

Her Greatest struggle: Once Olivia meets Ruth and they decide to open a maternity home together, Olivia’s greatest struggle is to overcome her shame and find a way back to respectability. Olivia is haunted by the pain of being disowned by her family and of being shunned by the people in her neighborhood. She hopes that with the passage of time, she will be forgiven and allowed back into her family. Until she can come to grips with her shame, she feels unworthy of anything good in her life, including a husband and family.

Mercer Reformatory (Source: Public Domain)

Her Goal in life: After her horrific experience in the reformatory, Olivia wants to help other unwed mothers by providing them with a safe place to spend their pregnancy and by giving them options for their future. She wants them to have the opportunity she didn’t have – to raise their babies on their own if they are able. She hopes to empower the women to make the right choices for themselves and give them a voice in their own lives.

Regrets: Olivia’s biggest regret is having to give up her son. She gave birth to him while incarcerated, and the way the Children’s Aid swooped in and took the child right out of her arms is an incredibly painful memory. She can’t help but wonder if there’s even the slightest chance of somehow getting her baby back.

Her Strengths: Olivia is extremely compassionate and kind. She treats all the women who come to Bennington Place with respect, offering them support and encouragement. She abhors injustice and is willing to fight for what she believes in. She has a huge heart, with so much love to give, if only she can overcome her past.

Her Romance: Olivia is unprepared for her attraction to widower, Darius Reed. As a fallen woman, she believes the opportunity for love and a family has passed her by. Yet she can’t help but lose her heart to the Greek businessman, who is so devoted to his young daughter and who shows Olivia such kindness and generosity.

I hope you’ll love Olivia and Darius’s story as much as I loved writing it!

Cheers,

Susan


Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. She is the author of the Courage to Dream Series and the Canadian Crossings series. Also a member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two adult children. She loves red wine and chocolate, is not partial to snow even though she’s Canadian. Learn more about Susan and her books at www.susanannemason.net.

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Susan Anne Mason is offering one of my readers a print copy of A Haven for Her Heart. And I am adding a 9 oz ‘Currently Reading‘ jar candle from Novelly Yours – a) because it smells super good and b) because the color reminds me of the cover for A Haven for Her Heart! (US/CAN only for book. US only for candle. 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 the A Haven For Her Heart by Susan Anne Mason? What interests you most about the heroine Olivia?

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29 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Susan Anne Mason & A Haven for Her Heart

  1. Winnie Thomas

    I just finished this book. It’s fantastic! Now I need to write a review that does it justice and post it everywhere.

    Thanks for the fun guest post, Carrie and Susan!

  2. Roxanne C.

    This book sounds very deep and will emotionally affect the reader. I have not heard of a similar story in CF, and I truly want to read this unique novel.

  3. Betsy Tieperman

    I have been enjoying several of Susan Anne Mason’s other books and was excited to know she released a new one!

  4. Jeanna Massman

    Olivia sounds like an amazing character. She has the strength to turn her life around and the compassion to help others discover their resilience.

  5. Susan Mason

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments and your interest in Olivia! Not sure if everyone knows that her backstory is based on a real life woman here in Toronto who went through a terrible time at the Mercer Reformatory back in 1939. She eventually got reimbursed by the Ontario government for her suffering.
    Good luck in the draw!
    Susan

  6. Anne

    This novel sounds captivating and unforgettable. Olivia is strong, determined and capable. This is a real treasure which I would cherish. The era and the setting makes this story fascinating and memorable.

  7. Megan

    This sounds really good. I always thought it was awful how they treated unwed mothers, taking their children away from them. I know they had their reasons but it always seemed mean.

  8. Connie Scruggs

    I had my first child when I was 17, so stories about surprise pregnancies interest me. I’m fortunate that when I was pregnant things were not as bad as they were historically.

  9. Connie Porter Saunders

    I love historical fiction and I can’t imagine a father having his daughter arrested for being pregnant! Thanks for this chance to win!

  10. Stephanie Grant

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite reads! I love that this one has a super-strong female lead, I can’t wait to read it.

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