Welcome to the Blog Tour for Children of the Shadows by Erica Vetsch, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m pleased as punch to have Erica on the blog today to chat about one of the first books she loved!
CHILDREN OF THE SHADOWS by Erica Vetsch
SERIES: Thorndike & Swann Regency Mysteries #3
GENRE: Historical/Regency Mystery (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Kregel Publications
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2023
Detective Daniel Swann and debutante Juliette Thorndike once again team up to solve a dangerous mystery–while trying to keep their growing romance secret.
Someone is preying upon the street children of Regency London. They seem to think no one will notice when urchins go missing–and even if they are noticed, who will care?
Daniel needs to do something about the missing children. But with recent revelations about his past and an unexpected, somewhat unwelcome inheritance to deal with, this is a terrible time to dive back into the seedy underbelly of the crime world. Nevertheless, he’s still a Bow Street runner, and his partner Lady Juliette is sensitive to the plight of these wayward youngsters. They’re on the case, searching shadowed alleys and coal-drenched streets to find the missing.
But the tangle of expectation and the dynamics of power cannot be easily ignored, even if there are children in danger. When Daniel’s past threatens to overwhelm his future, he will need a miracle and the help of his friends to both apprehend the villain and unravel his tangled family web. And it may be that his new responsibilities demand that he leave the children of the shadows to their terrible fate–or lose everything.
Erica Vetsch’s popular Regency mystery series concludes with a bang, sure to satisfy readers who have hung on every page since book one.
Other Books in This Series
one of the first books I loved
by Erica Vetsch, author of Children of the Shadows
The first book I can remember being truly captivated by, was Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I did not own a copy, but my school library (Shout out to the now defunct Hageman Elementary School in Salina, KS) had the entire Little House series.
In third grade, our teacher read the entire series aloud to us right after noon recess, a chapter at a time. However, that year, we had a student teacher, who was given the assignment to read Farmer Boy to us in the six weeks she was in our classroom.
I loved that story. As far as I know, it was the first story I read where someone seemed to love horses as much as me. And the ending was so very satisfying. I could not imagine things turning out for me as they did for Almanzo Wilder, but I lived vicariously through him.
When I became a fourth grader, we were aloud to go to the library a few at a time on library day and get our own books. Before fourth grade, we went to the library, but the teacher picked out books for the whole classroom, and we could read them out of a bin in the back of the room when we had free time. But as a fourth grader, the choices were mine, and I could take the book home to read.
I think I checked Farmer Boy out of that elementary school library a dozen times that year. It became a bit embarrassing, as the fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Cunningham, would ask us to tell the class what books we had checked out that week. But it didn’t deter me from choosing Farmer Boy again and again.
I did not own a personal copy of the book until I was grown and married, but I did, as a homeschool mom, read Farmer Boy to my kids. While I have read thousands of books, and own at least a thousand, when someone asks what book influence me as a kid, my heart always goes back to that story of an upstate New York farm boy who loved horses.
Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling author and ACFW Carol Award winner, and has been a Romantic Times top pick for her previous books. She loves Jesus, history, romance, and watching sports. This transplanted Kansan now makes her home in Rochester, Minnesota.
Connect with Erica by visiting ericavetsch.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.
(1) winner will win a complete paperback set of the Thorndike and Swann series, and a $10 amazon gift card
Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 23, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 30, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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