2021 Carol Award Finalists: Amanda Barratt & Far as the Curse is Found

Posted September 9, 2021 by meezcarrie in 2021 Carol Awards, Amanda Barratt, Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, giveaway, historical, romance / 17 Comments

Happy Thursday! Through September 11th (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of chatting with all of the 2021 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m continuing with Amanda Barratt and her novella Carol Award finalist book Far as the Curse is Found, from Joy to the World! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE and you can follow along with the posts HERE.

FYI – There will be 2-3 posts per day, many of which are offering a giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!

COMPILATION: Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection
GENRE: Inspirational Historical/Regency Romance Novella

RELEASE DATE: October 13, 2020
PAGES: 336

In Joy to the World, three popular romance authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to curl up and take a brief break from their holiday busyness.

“Far as the Curse Is Found” by Amanda Barratt
One winter night, a woman struggling to provide for her illegitimate child encounters a scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars on the streets of London. Can love conquer the darkness of two broken pasts?


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I asked the author…

What is one of your favorite quotes from Far as the Curse Is Found & why do you love it?

“But as time went on, I realized our circumstances are not a reflection of His love. In spite of everything, He is the one certainty we can cling to. He sees each broken part and loves every last piece.” 

My heroine, Jenny, speaks these words after my hero asks her how she can still believe in God’s goodness despite the pain and loss she’s experienced. All of us go through seasons of asking “Why?” and wrestling with God’s goodness in the midst of our deepest griefs. Suffering knocks on the door of every heart in this life, and with it come questions that seem to have no answers. But when we look beyond our circumstances and to the character of God, we see a Savior who reaches down into our pain and sustains us through it. Not simply a God who promises an easy life, but one who promises to be Immanuel–God with us. With us in the heartache, with us in the questions, with us in the brokenness, holding and loving every last piece.

Amanda Barratt is the ECPA bestselling and Christy Award nominated author of fifteen historical novels and novellas including My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love and The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler.
Amanda lives in Michigan with her family where she can be found plotting her next novel, catching up on her TBR pile, and jotting down travel itineraries for her dream trip to Europe. Visit Amanda at her website www.amandabarratt.net and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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What about you? What makes you want to read the novella Carol Award finalist Far as the Curse is Found by Amanda Barratt? Or, if you’ve read it already, what did you love about it?

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17 responses to “2021 Carol Award Finalists: Amanda Barratt & Far as the Curse is Found

  1. Ooh! This is one of my favorite Christmas novellas of all time! I read it last year and plan to read it again this Christmas. It stands out for its unique premise, beautifully-drawn characters, thematic depth, and redemptive romance. Such a beautiful story!

  2. Suzanne Sellner

    I’m about ready to read Christmas books again to get in the mood for the Christmas holidays. This sounds like a good way to do so.

  3. Haley Resseguie

    I have this novella collection on my wishlist. I love all these authors and hopefully I will get to read it before Christmas this year. I have read and enjoyed a couple of Amanda Barratt’s books and I am sure this novella is wonderful as well.

  4. Perrianne Askew

    I love Christmas books and thought I had a Kindle copy of this one. I do not but it is available at my local public library. I’m definitely going to check it out!

  5. Jeanne Bishop

    Amanda Barratt is a new author to me, but since I love the book’s other co-authors, Erica Vetch and Carolyn Miller, I had already pre-ordered the book. Christmas themed Christian fiction is my favorite reads in November and December.

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