I’m delighted to welcome author Patricia Lee back to the blog today to chat about her new novel, The Sister’s Plight! Happy Release Day, Patricia!
THE SISTER’S PLIGHT
SERIES: Call of the Frontier #2
GENRE: Inspirational Romance/Mystery
PUBLISHER: Forget Me Not Romances
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2021
Will a pair of long lost treasures recovered a continent apart pave the way for two eager hearts to find each other?
Realtor Blake Bergstrom stumbles upon an ancient barn while checking fences along a deserted property. A cursory inspection reveals a prairie schooner stored at the building’s back. He climbs into the wagon and discovers a rusted lockbox. Secreted within is a water color portrait of a young man. Whose picture could this be and why is it here?
When her mother needs her to check an abandoned cabin before the plantation where it sits is sold, Emberly Chastain uncovers her great-great-great Uncle Fred’s Bible and takes it with her. Tucked inside is a watercolor portrait of a young woman Emberly can’t place. Her uncle never married. Who can she be?
Curiosity sets Emberly on a quest to solve the mystery, a journey that will take her across the continent following a long ago wagon train. Will what she finds help her own heart mend and open the door to a new love?
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the first book i remember loving
by Patricia Lee, author of The Sister’s Plight
Growing up I was an avid reader. I was also horse crazy. I often found myself perusing the library shelves for books by Marguerite Henry. I’m certain there isn’t a horse story written by her I have not read. But one summer in the sixth grade I ran out of Henry’s books and discovered The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
I was entranced. The insolence of the young girl Mary Lennox made me certain she was going to have problems. I knew enough about proper behavior to recognize how spoiled she was, and I didn’t like her much. I also sensed she was the product of neglect. Her mother flitted from one party to another, oblivious and rude to the native peoples around her, ignoring the threat of cholera, and leaving Mary’s welfare vulnerable in the wake of the epidemic. When Mary is snatched away to a manor in England after her parents die I anticipated the changes the new home would bring. That the house was an old manor with lots of mystery hooked me.
Finding the garden, discovering the hidden key and exploring its inner design made my imagination soar. I could see the “wick” of the branches cut by Dickon Sowerby, the younger brother of the housemaid Martha. I could feel the garden coming to life in the spring. I could sense the idea of “magic” the book implies, in my mind seeing it as a representation of the spirit of God who indwells His creation. I’ve had friends who have not allowed their children to read the book because of those elements, treating the magic like a foreign belief, but I always thought of it as a great example of God’s power working in a life that needs change. We don’t see the Holy Spirit, but we sense him working transformation in us. That’s how I saw the magic in the story.
I also liked the slow unveiling of the young boy Colin Craven who is in a wheelchair. Dickon, Mary, and Colin become friends, keeping their garden secret, never letting on something was happening behind the locked walls. The story had an ever-present feeling of suspense that lead to the moment Colin stands up from his wheelchair before his father. Ta-Da!
I’m certain that book influenced my writing later in life. I like to write novels that are somewhat complicated. I love to give a story twists and turns the reader doesn’t see coming. And I like to imply that God is in the backstory, directing the lives of the characters as only He can do.
In my newest release, The Sister’s Plight, Emberly Chastain is driven by an unsolved mystery. She discovers a watercolor portrait of a woman tucked into her great uncle’s Bible, a man who has been dead more than a century. The man never married yet he cherished this memento until his death. Who is the woman? Why is she significant? The mystery of it all leads Emberly across the continent, following the journey of a long ago wagon train. When she discovers her uncle’s long ago sweetheart, she also finds the possibility of love for herself, bringing closure to a romance that began in 1851.
Patricia Lee has had a fascination with words and what they can do since she wrote her first short paragraph at the age of six. She worked as a stringer for a local newspaper during her middle and high school years representing the school’s news to the community. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon, then went on to work as a tabloid newspaper editor at her local church.
After she married, she began her freelancing career and sold to various publications, including Expecting, Moody Monthly, and Power for Living. More recently she has published in two anthologies, Cup of Comfort Bible Promises and Heavenly Company, as well as featured articles in Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine. An Anchor On Her Heart, her debut novel, released in July, 2017 with Mountain Brook Ink and she has since released three more novels, Love’s Autumn Harvest, Love Calls Her Home, and A Kite on the Wind. The Descendant’s Daughter released in December 2020 with Winged Publications.
She lives with her husband and a handful of furry friends in the Pacific Northwest. The couple has two grown children.
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What about you? What makes you want to read The Sister’s Plight by Patricia Lee?