Many of you probably know from my own Facebook feed that I love Shanna's work. I've had her on my blog before and now she's here again with a new release, Garden of Her Heart, guaranteed to tug your heartstrings and tickle your funny bone. This is different from anything else I've read by Shanna. In fact, it took away the much vied-for position of "favorite" from The Christmas Crusade which I fell in love with from the first page. Set in World War II during the Japanese internment, Garden of Her Heart shows once again the power of love is stronger than the power of hate.
One of the things I love about Shanna's writing is her attention to detail and historical accuracy. It can be easy when writing about the unpleasant aspects of our history to vilify our predecessors. But Shanna doesn't do that. She doesn't sugarcoat history either, which is the other side of the pendulum. Instead she writes things the way they were but without the sense of passing judgment. She took a very difficult time in our nation's history and handled it with grace. Not an easy task, but one she managed to perfection.
Now that I've told you how wonderful it is, how about I let Shanna share with you what it's all about?
Can forbidden love blossom amid the constraints of war?
The moment the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, life shifted for Miko Nishimura. Desperate to reach the Portland Assembly Center for Japanese-Americans, she’s kicked off the bus miles from town. Every tick of the clock pushes her closer to becoming a fugitive in the land of her birth. Exhausted, she stumbles to her grandparents’ abandoned farm only to find a dying soldier sprawled across the step. Unable to leave him, she forsakes all else to keep him alive.
After crashing his plane in the Battle of the Atlantic, the doctors condemn Captain Rock Laroux to die. Determined to meet his maker beneath a blue sky at his family home, he sneaks out of the hospital. Weary and half out of his mind, he makes it as far as a produce stand he remembers from his youth. Rather than surrender to death, Rock fights a battle of the heart as he falls in love with the beautiful Japanese woman who saves his life.
A poignant, sweet romance, Garden of Her Heart proves love can bloom in unlikely places even under the most challenging circumstances.
Don't miss out on this beautiful happy ever after. Get your copy today!
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“Please, Miko? Would you at least consider marrying me?”
She shook her head and tried to pull away from him, but he drew her closer, wrapping his arms around her and holding her. His breath tantalized her ear as he bent his head near hers. “Please?”
“I can’t, Rock. I don’t want to be the cause of you missing out on the love of a lifetime.” She turned her head to the side and pressed it against his neck. Unintentionally, she heightened the yearning that already pulsed between them. Forcibly, he relaxed his hold on her.
“Miko,” he whispered. “Look at me, sweetheart.”
Unhurried, she tipped her head back, drawn into the bright warmth of his eyes.
“Miko, if I didn’t want to marry you, I wouldn’t offer. I rather like the idea of spending my future with you. We have more going for us than many couples who wed. There is no doubt in my mind at all about your ability to be a good wife. Me, on the other hand…” His cocky grin brought an amused light to her eyes. “It might be challenging to be married to someone like me.”
A smile curved her mouth upward and Rock tamped down the desire to kiss her again, even with the pastor watching their every move.
Sounds good, doesn't it? To celebrate this new release, Shanna is having a Facebook party with great prizes including, I'm told, a prize pack from Bésame Cosmetics (if you like Agent Carter, you may recognize this as the brand Haylee Atwell wears on the show). And she has graciously invited me to be one of the guest authors during the festivities! Today from 4 - 7 EST, we will be celebrating this fabulous new novel. We'll hope to see you there!
USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen, one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
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Jessica L. Elliott
Author, artist, mom and super-genius