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No Small Storm + Giveaway!

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About the Book

No Small Storm
I really like this cover ❤

Title: No Small Storm

Author: Anne Matteer

Genre: Historical/Historical Romance

Release Date: August, 2017

September 1815, Providence, Rhode Island

Thirty-year-old Remembrance “Mem” Wilkins loves her solitary life running the farm and orchard she inherited from her father and has no plans to give up her independence. Especially not for the likes of Mr. Graham Lott. But when Mem is unable to harvest the apples on her own, she accepts the help of the man she despises.

Fresh off a boat from Ireland with his four-year-old son in tow, Simon Brennan secures a building in which to ply his trade as a cobbler. Still healing from the grief of his wife’s death a year earlier, he determines to focus only on providing a good life for his son. But when he intervenes in an argument on behalf of the intriguing Miss Wilkins, sister-in-law of the tavern owner who befriends him, he suddenly finds himself crossways with his landlord, Mr. Lott, and relieved of his lease and most of his money.

With no means of support, Simon takes a job helping Mem with her harvest, relieving her of the need of Lott’s help. But their growing attraction to each other makes them both uneasy. Mem gladly escapes to town when her sister begins labor, and Simon, believing it best to distance himself from Mem, takes his son and leaves.

But neither anticipates the worst gale New England has ever seen—or that the storm will threaten all they hold dear.

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My Review: This book was so very enjoyable. (First of all, seriously. Can we talk about that cover, for a second? It’s such a beautiful contrast. I love it.)
No Small Storm is a novella; an easy, fun and cozy read. The story centers around Remembrance (and the Best Character Name Award goes to…), known as “Mem,” and Simon. Mem is enjoying her life and independence, trying her best to run the apple orchard she inherited from her father. Simon lost his wife just a year prior, and is determined to move on, providing the best life that he can for his son. Through a set of circumstances, Simon and Mem meet and start a business relationship…quickly realizing that their relationship has the potential of moving beyond business; which both of them decide to run away from. But when a dangerous storm hits, will they have what it takes to face it, and will they face it together?
I. loved. Remembrance. Oh my gosh, Friends, I adored her. Quite frankly, I fell in love with her just for being thirty-years old. I mean, really. Not all single, independent women are nineteen and moving into their first apartment. Right? So I greatly enjoyed that Mem was closer to my age and thus more relatable for me. But her love for her independence, her absolute strength of character and her resolve to work hard totally endeared her to me. Simon too, I so enjoyed getting to know. Anne Mateer created such realistic, lovable, wonderful characters. (Seriously, Ms. Mateer. Thank you so much for introducing me to Mem and Simon.) The story itself moved quickly, and didn’t lag or lack information, as some novellas are prone to do.
And the storm. Bear with me, but the storm was my favorite part. It was written so well that my heart was beating faster as I made my way through that part of the story. Do you know what I mean? When an author can get you so wrapped up in the scene they’ve created that your body physically reacts to the story, you know you’ve found a keeper.
Also? It’s in the storm that we realize our need for God. How grateful I am for my storms.
So glad that this book is the first of a series. A definite recommend ❤
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About the Author

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Anne Mateer has loved reading and writing stories since childhood. She is the author of 4 historical novels, 1 historical novella, and a few contemporary short stories. Anne and her husband of 30 years, Jeff, love to visit their grown children and tour historical sites. They are currently living an empty nest adventure in Austin, TX.

Guest Post from Anne Mateer

I’m always up for a good historical story. It’s what I enjoy reading. It’s what I enjoy writing. But I find that my pleasure in any historical fiction increases exponentially when the story at hand is based on at least a kernel of historical fact. All four of my full-length novels share this trait. So it stood to reason that when turning my mind to a historical novella I would seek the same grounding in truth I’ve sought before.

So what historical fact inspired No Small Storm? It was a combination of them, actually. Which I think always makes for the best tales!

I like an overarching historical event to help frame a story. Things like war or economic crisis or natural disaster. Situations in the historical record which required courage or resilience or sacrifice from the people who lived through them. When I stumbled upon the Great Gale of 1815, which hit Providence, Rhode Island particularly hard, I knew it could provide obstacles for my characters to overcome.

As I began to read about this event—a hurricane before such storms were commonly called hurricanes—I happened upon some first hand accounts of that day. Fascinating remembrances about a storm arriving without much preamble, then departing and leaving bright sunny skies with which to view the destruction.

And destruction there was! Not only from wind and water, but also the fact that both of those things unleashed the ships moored in the harbor and sent them sailing down the main street of town! Can you imagine looking out of the second or third story window of a building which was likely flooded on the ground floor and seeing a ship coming at you?

That, in itself, was dramatic enough. Especially when coupled with the fact that those ships often broke apart, whether from wind and waves or from contact with the buildings and bridges they encountered on land. Then I considered the in those ships? What happened to them? Many were flung into the water, searching for purchase.

It was just such a circumstance that brought one man to the window of a young woman. She helped him inside. They were later married. And if finding such a story that isn’t a romance writer’s delight, I don’t know what is!

Finally, as I continued to read about the destruction in the area, I discovered a few lines about area orchards. The hanging fruit was found covered with a dusting of white. When tasted, it was discovered to be salt. Salt from storm surge and sea spray. Salt that saturated, even miles inland. Water and wind—and they salt they carried—ruining fruit crops ready for harvest. What could be more devastating to a farmer than that?

And so No Small Storm was born, with Remembrance and Simon each trying to make a good life for themselves, each trying to trust God as they work hard. Each keeping careful watch over their heart. But sometimes circumstances take things we don’t want to give. And give things we never imagined possible.

Historical fact and spiritual truth. Characters who are a product of their times as well as universal in their struggles and desires. It’s the kind of story I love to read. And the kind of story I’m proud to write.

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 Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Anne is giving away a grand prize of a reader bag of goodies—including a Pride and Prejudice fleece throw, a “reading” charm necklace from Storied Jewelry, a Secret Garden litograph tote bag, and a $25 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/c604

 

8 thoughts on “No Small Storm + Giveaway!

  1. Thank you for your wonderful review and information on “No Small Storm and author Anne Matteer as well as being part of the book tour!

    I’d very much love the chance to read this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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