Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Cindy Patterson & An Unlikely Arrangement

Posted April 17, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Cindy Patterson, giveaway, historical, romance / 35 Comments

An Unlikely Arrangement JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for An Unlikely Arrangement by Cindy Patterson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to host Cindy today to talk about a few of her fave reads & how they inspired her new book!

An Unlikely Arrangement

SERIES: Brides of Biltmore #1
GENRE: Historical Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Springbrook Press, LLC
RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2024
PAGES: 314

In 1902, Abigail Dupree is but a breath away from her grand societal failure. To save her family from humiliation and financial ruin, Abigail becomes a bargaining trade in her mother’s eyes. A bargain that will extinguish Abigail’s last hope of a happily-ever-after. If only she could return to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, she might have a chance to reunite with the only man who has the power to save her reputation.

Garrett Barringer arrives in Charlotte, North Carolina to escape a past that no longer wants him. He takes an undisclosed position with Mr. Dupree. When it is revealed that part of Mr. Dupree’s purpose for bringing him on board is to chaperone his beloved daughter, Garrett abruptly discovers that he has taken on more than he bargained for. Abigail Dupree is more beguiling than any other woman he’s encountered, but he must resist his heart for the sake of propriety and to keep a promise made to her father.

When her father hires Garrett Barringer, a man that seems far too young to be a lawyer, and possesses far too many favorable characteristics, Abigail resists his charm but cannot deny her heart is compelling her toward him. But she will not allow the man to ruin an opportunity she has waited for nearly five years.

Garrett is suddenly aware what his life was and what it could become in the presence of Abigail Dupree. Will he be able to give up the woman who has stolen his heart, for her happiness?

Abigail stands to lose all if Garrett Barringer sees past her physical beauty and uncovers the ugliness of her imperfect past. Will Abigail continue on the condemned path she’s fashioned for herself, or trust that God wants a future for her she never believed possible?


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Cindy Patterson guest post

a few of my favorite reads

by Cindy Patterson, author of An Unlikely Arrangement

I have always enjoyed reading, but my mama introduced me to Janette Oke’s “Love Comes Softly” when I was in my early twenties, and it is still one of my favorite reads. Of course, I enjoyed the others in the series and Lori Wick also became one of my favorites.

My mom and I traveled to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with our choir, and that brought a whole new world of reading into both of our lives. We gobbled up every Amish book from Wanda Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis that we could find. The Amish culture had such an impact on me. So, of course, that is what led me to write my very first Amish manuscript, Chasing Paradise. A forbidden love story.

Because I fell so in love with the historical genre, I couldn’t help but try to write my own. So, I started working on An Unlikely Arrangement years ago. But then I accidentally replaced the file with another manuscript I had open on my computer and it was lost forever.

All I had were the first five edited chapters that I had sent by email to my mama, since she is the first person who ever reads any of my finished work. I only wish I had sent her more. Especially since 75% had already been written. But instead, I practically had to start all over.

I have enjoyed writing historical romance so much that I’m sure I’ll continue writing in this genre. There is still much I need to learn, but that is one of the greatest things in life, the ability and freedom to grow and learn daily. And one of the most important lessons I learned through losing so much of the book, is to email my work to myself every single day.

Unfortunately, before I could finish An Unlikely Arrangement, my mama came down with a severe case of pneumonia just a little over two years ago and went to her heavenly home. This is the first book of mine that she has not finished reading. But though it is bitter-sweet, I have dedicated it to her to honor her life in some small way for the huge impact that she had on my reading and writing.

Cindy Patterson

Award-winning author Cindy Patterson believes in captivating romance and happy endings. In her stories, she loves to give glimpses of how God can use brokenness and make them whole. She reads a lot, drinks too much coffee, and wishes she had more time to write. Author of Chasing Paradise, Broken Butterfly, and Shattered Treasure, she loves to connect with her readers.

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An Unlikely Arrangement JustRead Tours giveaway

(2) winners will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a signed print copy of An Unlikely Arrangement and other book related gifts!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight April 16, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 23, 2024. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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35 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Cindy Patterson & An Unlikely Arrangement

  1. Oh, Cindy, how sad that your mama passed before your book was published. It looks beautiful, and I’m glad she read the first five chapters. You have more than earned the Perseverance Trophy for starting over and rewriting the “lost” book. Congratulations. This in itself is an amazing story.

  2. Roxanne C.

    The author and I share the same first favorite Christian authors, so I believe that I will enjoy An Unlikely Arrangement. Kudos to her for writing the book after much of it had been lost.

  3. Kay Garrett

    Enjoyed the glimpse into Cindy Patterson with her guest post. Always fun to learn more about new to me authors. “An Unlikely Arrangement” sounds like an amazing book and one I would love the opportunity to read and review.

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