Carrie Fancett Pagels
When God Sends Us Help
In my new release novella, “His Anchor”, heroine Sadie Duvall has reached the end of her rope. She’s prayed for God to help her. Her mother has died, her father is missing from the lumber camp that employed him, and she’s caring for her younger siblings. But when her nasty boss withholds her pay and insinuates how she might “earn” her keep – Sadie flees.
Have you ever asked God to help you and then he sent you people who you didn’t want to accept assistance from? I think we all have. They might be annoying folks, or people who have never previously helped, or even from a nonbeliever who we’re surprised has been moved by our plight to help. Well, Robert Swaine is that person for Sadie! He chased off the man she’d thought would become her husband. Never mind that Robert was her first “crush” and never mind that it turned out he was right about her sweetheart’s true character. Big sigh for Sadie.
Robert is Sadie’s BFF Maude’s young uncle (he’s not yet thirty) and Sadie has known him since she arrived on Mackinac Island years earlier. But he crushed her young spirit when he proposed to another islander. He’s been mostly gone since then, as a captain and owner of a shipping fleet. But now he’s back and all helpful, kind, and funny. And he’s tugging at her heartstrings. So of course, Sadie feels like she has to take things into her own hands!
Isn’t that how things work out sometimes? We ask God for help. He doesn’t send us the exact help we want. Then we decide we can fix it ourselves. Oopsy! Wrong move. I love this song “Broken Things” by Matthew West. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwKuz8a8Jnk
God can use the broken things, the broken people, the misfits in life, to help in His plans. And Robert Swaine is a broken and angry man. His mother left requirements in a codicil to her will that have infuriated him. Not only are his niece and nephew affected but he, too, must limit his life if the terms of his mother’s will are to be honored. And his brother-in-law has come out on the short end of the stick. Robert has spent a year trying to restore his own physical health after his beloved sister’s death. Now he’s “stuck” on Mackinac Island for a while, sorting things out. Now in her early twenties, Sadie Duvall isn’t a young girl anymore but a beautiful young woman who definitely needs his help. But she resists until her back is up against the wall.
A ship’s captain who doesn’t want to be stuck on the island, a young woman desperate and looking for ways to save her family. God has put these two together for a reason. Now will Sadie see what is right before her eyes?
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Bio – Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D.
Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of fifteen Christian historical romances, including ECPA bestsellers. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper,” in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.
Blurb: His Anchor by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1894 – Mackinac Island, Michigan: Robert Swaine, a ship captain, returns to Mackinac Island where his first love, Sadie Duvall struggles to support her siblings. Will she anchor him to the island he has vowed to leave behind?
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