Monday, April 16, 2018

When God Sends Us Help by Carrie Fancett Pagels plus HUGE Giveaway!



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?

Giveaway: An autographed copy of First Love Forever.  We also have a Rafflecopter giveawawy going on all through April. 
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Bio and links for The Captive Brides Collection:
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?


My Pinterest page for “Love’s Anchor” in First Love Forever: https://www.pinterest.com/carriefpagels/his-anchor-a-novella-in-first-love-forever-collect/







Check at your local Christian bookstores, e.g., Lifeway, to see if they have copies, too!


50 comments:

  1. Isn't it like God to send people we barely know to help us in situations we get ourselves into?
    So that we may in turn, lead them to Him.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes God does that! And He also sends those we know well! Blessings!

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  2. Thank you for this great post. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  3. Love this post and getting to know a bit more about Sadie. I think most of us (like Sadie) have at many times in our lives tried to take matters into our own hands. What a mess! So thankful that God can & does use broken people!

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    1. God sure does use the broken to reveal His power! Great to see you Diana!

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  4. I love the novella collections, thank you for the chance to win a copy of this one.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. I like be novellas too Wendy! You are welcome!

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing again, Carrie. It makes a story even better when we can relate it to our own lives.

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  6. Another great story to learn from and to grow in our walk.

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  7. God knows the people we don't know ~ or recognize our need for them. After all of this time, will their hearts meld together receiving and serving His love and care for just what they need? Would like to find out how they yield their hearts and true desires. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  8. WHOO HOO! :) Lovely Giveaway! :)

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  9. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the book description and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters the ones I know they would enjoy reading and they both love to read. Thank you!

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    1. That’s great you are thinking of your sisters!

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  10. Great post! I agree, most of us have tried to do "it" ourselves. I am so thankful God is ever faithful and often sends others to help, even someone we do not know.
    Congratulations Carrie on the release of First Love Forever! I loved Sadie's story!
    Blessings,Tina

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    2. Thanks sweet Tina! Wishing Geek Squad could get my computer working right! I need that help!

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  11. Hi, Carrie. This looks like another great collection. I can't wait to read Sadie's story.
    I am a feedburner follower.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. Hi Susan! I hope you'll enjoy Sadie and Robert's story! Blessings!

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  12. First Love Forever sounds wonderful. I like novella collections. Thank you for the opportunity to win.Have a wonderful week.


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    1. Thanks Chappy! Sadie is so deserving of happiness

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    2. I love novellas too Emma! Thanks for coming by!

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  13. I can’t wait to read Sadie’s story! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. I love reading stories by Carrie!! :-)

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    1. Thanks for reading my stories sweet Melissa!

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  15. I enjoyed your post here, Carrie! This was a more indepth picture of Sadie and Robert's story, and it shows you wrote it from your heart. It is true that God does brings help through the least likely ways, and often it is NOT the means we would have chosen. It is very humbling and eye-opening when we see God move. Thank you for sharing the story behind the story, Carrie! I am sooo looking forward to reading The First Love Forever Romance Collection.....so many wonderful authors and stories.....a real treasure trove :) Thanks for the chance to win this book!!! ~Alison Boss

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the story behind Sadie and Robert’s romance. Best wishes Alison!

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  16. Debbie, I forgot to mention I am also a Feedburner Follower.

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  17. Sadie's story sounds like another great read Carrie! :)
    annby(at)centurylink(dot)net

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    1. Hi Andrea! I sure enjoyed bringing Sadie to life!

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  18. I’m reading Maude’s story and thoroughly enjoying it and see that Sadie is in the background. I can’t wait to see how God shows up for Sadie!
    perrianne.askew@me.com
    Perrianne

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    1. Hi Perrianne! Sadie tried to highjack Maude’s story. Glad she got her own story even though it is shorter.

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  19. Desperation does make us act in ways that we sometimes regret. I love the story already!

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    1. Hi Rebecca! Sadie certainly is in desperate straits. But God has sent her help! I hope you will love the story!

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  20. Great post, Carrie. My daughter and I were just talking at lunch about how God sends different people into our lives to help us. I'm looking forward to reading this collection--Sadie's story, in particular. Blessings...

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    1. Thanks KAY! God has sent so many people to help me. And He has sent me to help others! But sometimes people are surprised by who the Lord sends to give assistance, aren't they? Hugs and blessings!

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  21. I thought for sure that I had already left a comment here so it’s a good thing I checked the rafflecopter. 😊

    I absolutely love Maude and Sadie’s stories. I read any book where the setting takes place on Mackinac Island but for some reason I feel more drawn to Maude and Sadie. I can even picture their homes. LOL!

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    1. Hi Yooper reader Pal! Can’t wait to meet you in person this summer! Mackinac Island here we come! Blessings!

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  22. First Love Forever Collection will be a great one to read, especially Maude and Sadie's story. God never fails to have us in the right place at the right time. marilynridgway78[at]gmail[dot]com

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  23. I love Sadie's story!

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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