Monday, June 20, 2016

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway with author Sandy Faye Mauck author of More Than She Dreamt

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About the Book

It was more than she dreamt. But as the romance began to bud, she felt the thorns of a heartless beauty rise to tear it apart. Young widow, Katie Jensen, endures patiently under her oppressive uncle in desolate Arizona Territory. She tries to keep her promise to her dead aunt to be a witness and take care of her uncle but when his tirades grow worse, she gathers her two precious little ones and runs. Making their way to an unknown land, they come to the town of White Rock, which is strangely like the place in the dreams Katie has been having. They are welcomed into the cottage of a kindly grandmother who takes in borders. When Danny, the older woman’s grandson, comes home, he finds surprises in store: a crisis, a beautiful young woman, and her adorable children who bring laughter and life into all their weary souls. Katie is filled with hope when an unexpected romance sparks but there is a vindictive raven-haired beauty and an old enemy conspiring to put it out—permanently. Will God give Katie rest as she and the family pray for their enemies? Can she stand strong in her faith when fear overwhelms her?

My Review:

More Than She Dreamt by debut author Sandy Faye Mauck was a historical romance about a widowed woman and her two small children who are desperately looking for hope in a new life.  Running from an abusive uncle Katie Jensen has tried so hard to please, she finally accepts that it is imperative to remove her children and herself from the escalating violence.  Not knowing where she will end up, Katie and her children have very little in money or worldly goods, but what they have plenty of is faith and trust in God.  On their journey their faith grows and they meet some really special people.

The town she ends up in is so unlike the town where she escaped and with the help of some townspeople, she is able to find employment and also room and board with a sweet grandmother, Gwen, who takes her and the children in.  At just the right time, Gwen’s grandson, Danny, comes home and a love story sparks into life.  However, jealousy also sparks a dangerous flame in an old girlfriend of Danny’s.  Neither Katie nor Danny is prepared for what events will take place due to some evil people.

I really liked this story and I am happy to find out that this is the beginning of a series.  I enjoyed watching Gwen and Danny opening up their hearts and homes to three hurting people, so much so that they quickly became a family.  The example of Katie holding on to her faith like a lifeline and teaching that life lesson to her children made me smile.  I also enjoyed the significance of the names of the two towns: Bitter Springs and White Rock.  My thanks go to Celebrate Lit and the author for providing me with a copy for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. 

About the Author

Sandy Faye Mauck writes Historical Romance in the light of the gospel and with the heart of her Savior. Slip into a comfy chair with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate and travel back to the first years after the turn of the century. Enjoy faithful Christian characters who have come through a spiritual wilderness into a place of hope. Stories of charming romance sprinkled with humor and topped with redemption. And be sure not to put the cup too close to the edge of the table because there are enemies lurking about. Sandy lives in her own happily-ever-after with her Bible doctrine writer husband in the west they love. They have five children and nine grandchildren. She enjoys crocheting (a different kind of yarn) and is also a professional artist.

Guest Post from Sandy Faye Mauck

Hi everyone! Sandy Faye Mauck here! Today I launch my book on Celebrate Lit! They say to write the book that is missing from your bookshelf. So I did. I wrote a story that brought the purity of a Christian romance with a touch of humor and endearing characters who live what they believe, with real enemies and redemptive grace. More Than She Dreamt is set at the time just after the turn of the century. Probably my favorite time travel place if I had to choose because of the interesting changes and the lovely clothing and yet there was indoor plumbing, and lights, LOL! My greatest writing inspiration (other than my Lord), was my favorite author, Grace Livingston Hill. She could tell a story, make you feel you were there in every sense. Grace could bring romance, excitement, and enemies and then touch your heart with a truth of God’s word that would penetrate your heart. I hope to do this as I write my heart and I add humor because that is who I am. I hope you enjoy this Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and the special personal giveaway at the end!

Blog Tour Stops

June 14: cherylbbookblog
June 18: Bigreadersite
June 19: A Greater Yes
June 20: Pause for Tales
June 22: A Holland Reads
June 23: Splashes of Joy
June 26: Bukwurmzzz


 To celebrate her tour, Sandy is giving away a charming keepsake box filled with some Rose Arbor themed prizes. Enter here:


  1. Thank you for the great review! I enjoy historical fiction with a spiritual element.


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