I'm delighted to introduce you to Olivia Newport, wife, mother and now author who can't wait to share her stories with you! Olivia's debut historical romance , The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, releases in May from Revell with her second novel, Accidentally Amish, hitting shelves in October from Barbour.
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Here's the lowdown on The Pursuit of Lucy Banning!
Lucy Banning may live on the exclusive Prairie Avenue among Chicago’s rich and famous, but her heart lies elsewhere. Expected to marry an up-and-coming banker, the son of family friends, Lucy fears she will be forced to abandon what matters to her most—her work at the orphanage and the classes she is secretly taking at the newly opened University of Chicago.
When she meets Will Edwards, an unconventional young architect working on plans for the 1893 World’s Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms. A new young maid brings her own secret to the Banning household, and Lucy must choose between deeply held values.
Can Lucy find love and live out of her compassionate heart?
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Olivia has provided one of her favourite excerpts, especially for my readers ~ enjoy!
“Leo, might that be overly duplicitous?” Lucy’s pulse beat faster at the thought.
“You could ask Mother to go with you,” Leo teased.
“Don’t you dare,” Lucy snapped.
“Or Daniel.” Leo’s green eyes lit.
“Daniel has a wonderful eye for art,” Lucy said, surprising even herself.
“He just doesn’t find it practical,” Leo said. “He won’t go without protest. You’ll never get out of the house on your own in the evening. If you genuinely want to look at these paintings, you’re better off with Will.”
“That’s all true. However, a chaperone would be safer than your shenanigans,” Lucy said. “Perhaps Aunt Violet?”
“Yes, possibly, if you feel you must have a chaperone. But Will is quite keen to go, you know.”
“Do I get a vote in these arrangements?” Will asked.
Leo grinned and raised an eyebrow.
Will turned to Lucy. “Miss Banning, my friend has asked me to escort his sister and it would be my pleasure to do so. May I call for you at seven on Monday evening? We will of course enjoy the company of your aunt.”
And check out Olivia's first Valley of Choice story, Accidentally Amish, an Amish story with a twist!
Annie Friesen, a software creator, needs to protect her intellectual property from her scheming partner. After escaping the hustle and bustle of Colorado Springs, she runs straight into the hospitality of an Amish family in San Luis Valley. When, after a little digging, Annie discovers her own ancestral connection to the plain people, her worlds collide. It appears she’ll have to stay awhile, especially when she finds herself attracted to Rufus Beiler.
A cabinetmaker by trade, Rufus is having troubles of his own. Because of a competitor’s false accusations, his business is in jeopardy. And so is his family when his sister, Ruth, leaves the Amish community.
Now Annie, an outsider, begins meddling in affairs that don’t concern her. When Rufus tells her she can’t continue to hide among the Amish and it’s time for her to go home, Annie is torn. What will she choose—loneliness and the high-tech modern culture of Colorado Springs, or Rufus and the simplicity of the San Luis Valley Amish?
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