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LOVE FINDS YOU IN GOLDEN NEW MEXICO by LENA NELSON DOOLEY

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Love Finds You In Golden, New Mexico
Summerside Press (May 1, 2010)

by

Lena Nelson Dooley


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
For several years, Lena worked on the support staff of a church, but in November of 2002, God changed things so that she could stay home and write full-time. It has been the desire of her heart for a long time. In Proverbs 37:4, it says, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” She believes that this blessing is a result of her delighting herself in Him, and she praises Him for the opportunity.

She have been a professional writer with a free-lance writing and editing business since 1984. In that time, she has written curriculum for public schools, private schools, and three different denominations. For one company, I managed a writing team that produced a two-year American History course for at-risk students. One of her clients was a Christian comedian for whom she wrote several routines. An airline training company had her edit and design International business reports for them.
Her first novel was published by Heartsong Presents in 1992. Since then Lena Nelson Dooley has written more than 25 works of fiction and nonfiction.

Lena has been married to her husband James since 1964. Theirs was one of those love-at-first-sight relationships. They were married three months and three days after they met. He truly was God’s gift to her. They are absolute opposites, but that means that his strengths are her weaknesses, and her strengths are his weaknesses. Together they make a more perfect whole. She believe that is what God intends for all of us.

They have two daughters. Marilyn Van Zant is married to Roger, and they have a son named Timothy. Tim is now in Tennessee at Ft. Campbell. His son Sebastian is almost 2 years old. Jennifer Waldron is married to Eric, and they have three children—Austin, Marissa, and Amanda. James and Lena love to spend time with their family, and they are blessed that both families live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, so they see them often.
ABOUT THE BOOK

All that glitters is not gold. It’s 1890, and Golden, New Mexico, is a booming mining town where men far outnumber women. So when an old wealthy miner named Philip Smith finds himself in need of a nursemaid, he places an ad for a mail-order bride—despite the protests of his friend Jeremiah.

Hoping to escape a perilous situation back East, young Madeleine Mercer answers the ad and arrives in town under a cloud of suspicion. But just as she begins to win over Philip—and Jeremiah himself—the secrets she left behind threaten to follow her to Golden...and tarnish her character beyond redemption.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Love Finds You In Golden, New Mexico, go HERE.

"Love Finds You In Golden, New Mexico is a well-researched novel brimming With emotive conflict. Lena Nelson Dooley has crafted a historical romance that demonstrates that courage comes in many forms, but the courage to love is the most difficult of all.

─DiAnn Mills, author of Sworn to Protect and A Woman Called Sage

“Two strangers are presented with a ‘golden’ opportunity for love in this quintessential East meets West tale by well-loved author Lena Nelson Dooley. I found myself swept away by the beautiful writing and enmeshed in the lives of the players, who face many twists and turns in their journey toward the ultimate happily-ever-after. Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico is truly one of the loveliest historical romances I’ve read in ages. Highly recommended.”

─Janice Hanna Thompson, author of Love Me Tender and Swinging on a Star

REVIEW
LOVE FINDS YOU IN GOLDEN NEW MEXICO
By Lena Nelson Dooley
Published by: Summerside Press
349 Pages


Back Cover: All that glitters is not gold. It’s 1890, and Golden, New Mexico, is a booming mining town where men far outnumber women. So when an old wealthy miner named Philip Smith finds himself in need of a nursemaid, he places an ad for a mail-order bride—despite the protests of his friend Jeremiah. Hoping to escape a perilous situation back East, young Madeleine Mercer answers the ad and arrives in town under a cloud of suspicion. But just as she begins to win over Philip—and Jeremiah himself—the secrets she left behind threaten to follow her to Golden...and tarnish her character beyond redemption.

Review: I signed up for a review copy of this book for two reasons, one, because I’d never read anything by Lena Nelson Dooley before and the second, because I’d also never read a Love Finds You… book. I was quickly drawn into this sweet inspirational historical fiction story. I was fascinated by this time period in Boston and felt for Madeline, her fight and the mystery to be solved about her father’s death. Maddy learns from her father’s former business partner, Horace Johnstone that they are to wed within the week, just like her dad wanted. There was no way she was going to marry Horace, her father had never mentioned those wishes to her. Horace was a mean spirited man she wanted no part of.

With her fathers business coming to a holt, Frank Sneed, one of only two servants she could keep, discovers a hopeful possibility - a mail order bride ad in the Boston newspaper. The advertiser was a miner in Golden, New Mexico. Maddy feels lead to answer the ad.

Lena has likeable characters that drew me in and had me rooting for Maddy to escape the clutches of the evil Horace Johnstone. I liked Madeline; she’s a strong woman on a mission. She could hold her ground and didn’t need to marry a man to survive. She would work hard and do what she could to do. She’d make her own way and do what God called her to do, but she knew she couldn’t stay in Boston.

Philip is a Christian man and the only reason she responded to the ad. He’s requested a mail order bride to live with him in Golden, New Mexico. Philip is convinced that Madeline is the one, Madeline isn’t sure she is to be his bride, but she feared for her life.

Jeremiah, is Philips’ closest friend, he couldn’t see why a beautiful young lady would want to marry an old man like his friend. It had to be for his money, right? Philip trusted too much, he had to protect him from himself. Philip kept telling Jeremiah that the Lord would work it out. Madeline was the one. He would keep a close watch on this Madeline, which was easier said than done. Ever since Jeremiah met Maddy, it was hard to be around her. He got the weirdest, strongest, feelings in her presence. It about undid him and his conviction.

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
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