Wednesday, January 02, 2013

THE DILEMMA OF CHARLOTTE FARROW - Olivia Newport - One Free Book


Olivia Newport is returning with a second book in a very interesting series. 

Welcome, Olivia. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow is the third book to release in seven months. I feel blessed! When I decided to pursue publishing novels, I did not imagine having two series going at the same time, and six books releasing in an 18-month window. This may never happen again. I have two new historical series in development, and hope to bring them to readers soon.

Tell us a little about your family.
I’ve been married 33 years and have two young adult children. They both live at home for various reasons, so I’m trying to savor this season because I know it is likely to end soon.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I’ve always read widely and enjoy all sorts of fiction. I still do that, but I also am more intentional about reading the work of other authors of historical fiction from Christian publishers or books by authors I’ve met through social media.

What are you working on right now?
I am working on Taken for English, which will be the third story in the Valley of Choice series. And I expect soon I will be in an editorial phase on The Invention of Sarah Cummings, the third in the Avenue of Dreams series.

What outside interests do you have?
I am interested in the connection between faith and health and the marvelous ways our bodies and spirits work together. I find myself reading and exploring this topic through conversation with friends.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I often stumble onto a setting and then the setting chooses the story. That’s what happened with the Avenue of Dreams series when I discovered the history of Prairie Avenue in Chicago. The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow is the second in that series, but the whole series shares a setting. All three books are the stories of people who live in a house inspired by the Glessner House and Museum.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Ever the researcher, I think it would be fascinating to spend an evening with an ordinary person who participated in changing the future. For instance, what if I could hear firsthand from someone who crossed the Rocky Mountains in a wagon? I think about the bravery of such people every time I go on a road trip on modern highways.

Yes, the wagon trains have long fascinated me. That’s why I used it as a catalyst in my McKenna’s Daughters series. What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
Every paragraph you write represents you. It carries your voice. It says something about you as a writer. Always, always be careful with words.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
A couple of weeks ago I stepped off a curb and broke an ankle. I’ve had lots of time to ponder my helplessness, and the wonder of God coming to all of us in our helplessness.

I pray you’ll heal quickly. What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
1. Don’t take shortcuts; they rarely pay off.
2. Criticize your own work before someone else does.
3. And always have something else up your sleeve that you would love to write.

All very good advice. Tell us about the featured book.
While the rest of Chicago focuses on the enormous spectacle of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Charlotte Farrow’s attentions are entirely on one small boy—her boy—whom she has kept a secret from her wealthy employers for nearly a year.

When the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him to the opulent Banning home, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Bannings decide the child’s fate. Can she face the truth of her past and open her heart to a future of her own? Or will life’s struggles determine her path?

Please give us the first page of the book.
“Kiss Henry for me.”

Momentarily startled by hearing the words aloud, Charlotte Farrow glanced around seeking assurance the moment was private.

“Don’t worry.” Lucy’s green eyes glowed above her amber broadcloth traveling suit. “No one is listening to us.”

At the back of the large carriage along the curb in front of the Banning mansion, the cab driver strapped the last trunk in place. Will Edwards slapped it in approval. In the other direction, Mr. Penard, the household butler, disappeared through the front door.

Lucy waited so long for happiness. Charlotte couldn’t be more pleased for her. She reached for the hand of Lucy Banning Edwards and gripped fingers of friendship. “I’m going to miss you so much. Two months married and already off on an adventure.”

Lucy laughed. “I never wanted a big fussy wedding, but Will promised my parents a proper honeymoon if they would let us get married quickly in June. But I couldn’t very well leave the women’s exhibit at the world’s fair in the lurch, could I?”

Charlotte nodded. “You promised your services through July.”

“This was our first opportunity. Two whole months alone with Will—I can’t wait.”

“It’s not the honeymoon that bothers me, Miss Lucy.” Shyness washed over the maid and seeped through her blue-gray eyes. “But then three months in New Jersey—that’s so far away!”

“Will could hardly refuse the assignment. His firm was gracious to offer it and allow him to be near his mother through the holidays.”

“Of course it’s perfect for Will. Still, I can’t imagine being here without you.” With one hand Charlotte fiddled with a strand of hair the color of damp hay. It had worked its way loose from the knot at the back of her neck, as it did most days.

“You’ll be fine,” Lucy assured her. “We’ll be moving around France at impulse, but after I get back from Europe, it will be simple enough to exchange letters. I’ll let you know the address in New Jersey as soon as Will arranges accommodations.”

“I’ve never had a proper letter.”

Lucy leaned her head in close. “Charlotte, I know you have your reasons for keeping quiet about your life before you arrived on Prairie Avenue. I can only imagine what great sacrifice you’ve made for Henry. But this is your home now. I’ll be back, and I expect to find you right here.”

Charlotte nodded.

“On Thursday my family will return from the lake house,” Lucy continued, “and the routine will go back to normal. Leo will bring people home to dinner, and Richard will be back in school in a few weeks. I suspect Oliver and Pamela may make an announcement soon. You’ll hardly notice I’m gone.”

“I know I’ll be busy.”

Lucy straightened her simple beige hat with one brown feather. “And when the family gets back, Archie Shepard will be back as well. If you ask me, he’ll be glad to see you.”

Charlotte shook her head at the thought of the young coachman. “No, Miss Lucy, there’s nothing between us.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
@OliviaNewport (Twitter)
Goodreads
www.facebook.com/OliviaNewport

Thank you, Olivia, for sharing this new book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow, The: A Novel (Avenue of Dreams) - paperback
Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow, The (Avenue of Dreams Book #2): A Novel - Kindle


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40 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have not yet read any of Olivia Newport's books. The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow looks like a great book that I will put on my list of must reads. Thank you for the chance to win her book.

Katie J.
johnsonk133[at]yahoo[dot]com
Florida

Lisa Nelson said...

I would like to win a copy of this book!!
Thank you for the opportunity!!
Sounds like a great book!!
Lisa Nelson
storyreader617(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Great interview. I look forward to reading The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow. Thank you!
amy c
VA

Breanna said...
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Wendy Newcomb said...

I haven't read any of Olivia's books yet, but this sounds good and I love the cover.

Wendy in FL

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

kathy milburn said...

I would love to win a copy of this book...Thanks for the chance!


Kathy
Central Pa
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Marianne said...

Lena,,,you are so talented. Not only do you write awesome novels, you also find fabulous authors and their work to share with us, . Thank you so much. i know it takes A LOT of time and effort, and the expense of sending out the books to the winners. Olivia Newport...i'll have to see if i can find her other books. Thanks, Olivia and Lena for an inspiring interview, and the chance to win The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow.

Marianne from northern Alberta

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Laura Pol said...

Wow I so can't wait to read this book! I have been holding off to buy it until my birthday, but I don't know if I can't wait that long! Such an interesting interview as well! I hope your ankle is better!

Olivia Newport said...

It warms an author's heart to see people entering the drawing! Thanks for the kind and encouragement comments about both my book and my ankle. (And if you missed the first book in the series, it's called The Pursuit of Lucy Banning.)

Juanita Cook said...

I would love to win this book. It sounds so good. Thank you for a chance at winning.

Jasmine A. said...

What a lovely cover!
Jasmine in Montana

Amada Chavez said...

I would LOVE a chance to win this book!

Amada Chavez, NM

Olivia Newport said...

It's fun seeing some familiar names pop up here as well as new ones. I'm already eager to see who will win the drawing.

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins

Duncanville, Tx

Norma S said...

Hi Olivia,
Thank you for the chance to win your book. God bless you that is wonderful that you have been married 33years.I can't wait to read your book to see what happen if Charolotte's wealthy employers find out she has a small boy that she has been hiding for nearly a year. God bless you.
Norma Stanforth from Ohio

Marissa said...

Can't wait to read this one! Love the cover.

Colorado

Olivia Newport said...

I loved writing about little Henry in this story. Readers had so many questions about Charlotte at the end of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. Here's the chance to find out all the answers!

Anonymous said...


I would love to win and read this book. Thanks for the opportunity. Maxie ( Mac262@me.com )

Anonymous said...


This is Maxie again. I forgot to tell you where I'm from. I'm from Pasadena, TX. near Houston. And, I used the capital on the email address. Should have been a small m. Maxie

Mary Preston said...

A great post thank you. I particularly like the point about being careful with words.

Mary P

QLD AUSTRALIA

rubynreba said...

Wow! Six books releasing in 18 months is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations! The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow sounds like a book I would enjoy.
Beth from IA

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win this book
live in ND

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Patty said...

I have the first book of this series on my Kindle waiting to be read. Would love to win a copy of the second book.

Patty in SC

A Cooking Bookworm said...

I loved Charlotte's character in the first book! I'm glad the second book is about her!

Stephanie
Binghamton, NY

mybabyblessings AT gmail DOT com

Bookishqueen said...

The cover of this book is so pretty!!

Rebekah TN

Liz R said...

I'd love to win a copy! Thanks so much for the chance!

Liz R

Liz R said...

And I'm from Al =)

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks great!!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch,NC.
sharonruth126@gmail.com

Sarah said...

I would love to win,Enter me!!
Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!
Sarah Richmond
Blanch,N.C.

Library Lady said...

I am not familiar with Olivia Newport or any of the books she has written but I can't wait to read this one.
Thanks for entering me in the book giveaway.
Janet E.
von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com
Florida

sharon m. said...

I first met you as an author in Accidentally Amish. What a great book with romance and mystery together. This book sounds really good and is also Historical fiction, my favorite genre. sharon, san diego

Lourdes said...

I am looking forward to reading this book would love to win.

Lourdes Long Island, NY

Hannah said...

I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!
Hannah P
CA

Barbara Shelton said...

The covers of Olivia Newports books draw my interest...and I'd really enjoy having a chance to read this one. Thanks for this giveaway and a chance to win a great read.

In Christian Joy,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

tickmenot said...

I liked your answer about which historical person you would choose. An ordinary person can be very interesting!

I remember the answer an ordinary lady gave a view years ago. She had grown up without indoor plumbing or electricity. During her lifetime she had seen both World Wars and the many inventions since then. When asked what she thought was the best invention during her long lifetime she answered, "window screens!"

The people with her were surprised by her answer. They thought she would say tv or the rocket to the moon, etc. She told them they had no idea the number of bugs and flies that came in houses before the invention of screens, and what a battle it was to get rid of them and keep them off food.

I always have remembered her answer.
Your book sounds great!!

Blessings from Kansas City.

tickmenot said...

I liked your answer about which historical person you would choose. An ordinary person can be very interesting!

I remember the answer an ordinary lady gave a view years ago. She had grown up without indoor plumbing or electricity. During her lifetime she had seen both World Wars and the many inventions since then. When asked what she thought was the best invention during her long lifetime she answered, "window screens!"

The people with her were surprised by her answer. They thought she would say tv or the rocket to the moon, etc. She told them they had no idea the number of bugs and flies that came in houses before the invention of screens, and what a battle it was to get rid of them and keep them off food.

I always have remembered her answer.
Your book sounds great!!

Blessings from Kansas City.

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Each book in the Avenue of Dreams series, sounds so interesting. Please add me to the drawing, thanks.
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