Friday, April 21, 2017

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Surrendered by Elaine Manders


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Book: Surrendered
Author: Elaine Manders
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: December 28, 2016

The fight never ends until someone surrenders.

Having vanquished his political enemies, Rhyan Cason is anxious to get home to his beloved Carianne. Then he receives word an anthrax outbreak threatens his ranch. Even as he ponders how he can afford to take a wife, dark secrets from the distant past shake his beliefs to the core and convince him he’ll never be able to find forgiveness or make Carianne happy.

Carianne Barlow is stunned when Rhyan breaks their secret engagement. She leaves Sollano, the beautiful ranch house she loves almost as much as its owner, and returns home to Westerfield. While waiting for her shattered heart to heal, she shifts her attention to building the library she’s promised the town.

Even though Colt Holliman offers her a new courtship, circumstances keep drawing her back to Sollano and Rhyan. Torn between her affection for Colt and her love for Rhyan, Carianne realizes almost too late Rhyan’s troubles lie deeper than saving the ranch. He fights an evil that threatens more than his love for her—one only God can defeat.

My Thoughts:

Surrendered is the second book in the Intrigue Under Western Skies by author Elaine Manders.  This is my first read in the series and by the author.  I really enjoyed her writing and I look forward to more of her work.  This is a story about two people who love each other very much and are looking forward to spending their lives together.  Unfortunately, circumstances for which they had no control over come against them and their path to happily ever after.

I do wish I had read the first book, just to watch their love materialize and grow.  But this story definitely showed the stubbornness of both Carianne and Rhyan.  Rhyan, being new to the faith, trusts himself and what he knows to be true more than God.  Carianne’s faith in God is relentless and I think almost unbelievable and/or uncomprehending to Rhyan.  Nevertheless, they both have a rocky road ahead of them and what their futures hold; either together or apart.  I completely understood Carianne’s confusion and hurt over the way Rhyan treated her.  I am not even sure he understood completely himself.  Carianne has a big decision to make especially when her very dear friend Colt steps in and asks to court her. 

I enjoyed the little scientific tidbits the author sprinkled into the story which added to this immensely enjoyable old west story of a cowboy and the lady he loved and the town they lived in.   One of my favorite parts of the story is when Carianne tells Rhyan that she was praying for an answer, why should she be surprised when her prayer was answered.  How true.

I look forward to reading more by Elaine Manders.  Her story kept me interested and turning the pages and I found out that she has written a Scottish historical that intrigues me greatly.


I have received a copy of this book for free.  I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author


Elaine Manders writes wholesome Christian romance and suspense about the bold, capable women of history and the strong, dependable men who love them. She prefers stories that twist and turn and surprise, told by characters who aren’t afraid to show their love for God and each other. She lives in Central Georgia with a happy bichon-poodle mix. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, crafts, and spending time with her friends, daughter, and grandchildren.

Guest Post from Elaine Manders


I was born with the gift of story. The make-believe of childhood never left me, but it wasn’t until my daughter left for college, and I was left with the empty nest, that I decided maybe it was time to start writing the stories crowding my mind. I joined a local writers’ group, took a fiction writing course, developed the craft, went to conventions, and started pitching to editors.

Since I wrote romance, I found the publishing industry pushing me to a place I didn’t want to go. The secular publishers wanted steamier writing, and I complied as much as I could. Then when I was offered a chance for publication, I couldn’t allow my name to go on the book. The Christian publishers had a very narrow marketing concept. Again, I tried to comply until I felt the joy of story being squeezed out of me. I took a twelve year hiatus from writing.

Then in 2012, I was sitting in church listening to the familiar parable of the talents. When my pastor asked the question, “Are you hiding your talent?” I immediately visualized that closet filled with my unpublished manuscripts. I rededicated myself to putting my talent to use, and I asked God to send me a new story, if this was what he wanted me to do.

Later that week, I was on the golf course when I laid down on a little hill waiting for my husband to chase a ball in the woods and stared into the deepest, bluest sky I’ve ever seen. The sun was high in the sky, but the shade of blue was so dark I could actually see, not only the moon, but some of the stars. Looking into that sky, I experienced a strange sensation, as if I’d lost contact with the earth and was moving into infinity. I wondered, as I had many times before, how an atheist could look into the heavens and not believe in the Creator. This led me to an investigation of scientific atheism, Darwinism, and the entire series, Intrigue under Western Skies, was born. My protagonist is a Darwinist of the 1880s. Book 1, Pursued, is his spiritual journey to belief in Christianity, and Book 2, Surrendered, takes him to acceptance. The heroine, of course, helps him on this journey, while dodging all the dangers the old west has to offer. Incidentally, Pursued will be free on Amazon Apr 18-19.

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Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Elaine is giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b5ae

4 comments:

  1. What a lovely blog. I love it and since I'm reworking by blog, I appreciate the work that goes into a good blog. One thing this blog tour has taught me is how dedicated you blog reviewers are. Thank you so much for the review of Surrendered.

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  2. Elaine, it;s nice that you thought of the work you had done when in church and glad that you have found your talent :)

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