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About the Book

Book:  The Merchant’s Yield

Author: Lorri Dudley

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: March 31, 2020

It was a marriage of inconvenience, but life has a wicked sense of humor.

Charlotte Amelia Etheridge has cowered to her mother’s sharp tongue and endless demands for the last time. In a fleeting moment of rebellion, she recklessly asks a foreigner from the Leeward Islands for a dance. But her one courageous act lands her in a compromising position. Forced to wed a stranger, Lottie leaves the only home she’s ever known to reside on the isle of St. Kitts.

Nathaniel Winthrop’s troubles are mounting, and the rumors of him being cursed are spreading. Due to the dwindling sugar crop, he risks everything to start his own shipping company. The last thing he needs is a wife, especially one with a weak constitution. Yellow fever has already claimed the lives of his mother and siblings. He must guard his heart against falling in love with this gentle beauty, knowing island life will be a death sentence.

No longer under her mother’s scrutiny, the newfound freedom of the island rejuvenates Lottie’s spirit. If her days on this earth are limited, then it’s time she lives life to the full. Now it’s up to her to prove that even though Nathan was coerced into marrying her, she’s the one he can’t live without.

 

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About the Author

Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Find her online at www.lorridudley.com.

 

More from Lorri

The Merchant’s Yield is the second book in the Leeward Island series. The idea for my heroine, Lottie Etheridge, stemmed from a writing prompt—Pretend you are a relative from your past. My family has often speculated where the bright red hair that pops up every other generation (my dad, my cousin, and my niece) originated, since my grandfather was adopted. My opening hook at one time was Lottie’s mother stating, “Red hair is for opera singers and ballet dancers. You should have powdered your hair.”

In my research about the island of St. Kitts, I came across a French-American pirate named Jean Lafitte, educated at the military academy on St. Kitts. The concept of my hero, Nathaniel Winthrop, a merchant who could have schooled with a pirate, set my creative juices flowing, especially after reading about Lafitte’s outlandish and quirky behavior. I couldn’t resist interlacing the lives of my main characters with the daring pirate.

I enjoyed writing Lottie’s struggle between pacifying others, yet trying to stay true to how God made her. Also, I can relate to her attempts at rebellion backfiring, for I too could never get away with anything. Lottie’s soft heart contrasts nicely with the guarded hero, Nathan, as she peels back each painful layer of his thick façade to reveal the devoted and ardent love he holds beneath.

To learn more, check out my website at lorridudley.com or watch The Merchant’s Yield’s book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQLKqJfMf0o&feature=youtu.be

 

 

My Review of The Merchant’s Yield:

I picked up this book because the description intrigued me. This is a new-to-me author and this won’t be the last book I read from her. While I don’t usually gravitate toward historical fiction, I fell in love with Lottie and the whole storyline. I simply couldn’t stop reading. I fell in love with so many of the characters – especially the ones she meets at the end (I don’t want to give any spoilers). This was a wonderful book and probably one of my many favorite scenes was when Lottie went to the plantation and took rightful ownership of where she belonged. It was so touching the way she prayer walked around the fields, spoke to the cook about how she deserved God’s blessings and was shortchanging herself, and chose to step up and do what she could to help. The way the author showed God’s love being put into practice – that’s what I want to show in my life as well. I’m still thinking about this book long after I turned the last page.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.

 

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Adventures of a Travelers Wife, April 1

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deb’s Book Review, April 5

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Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 7

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 7

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Remembrancy, April 9

Maureen’s Musings, April 9

Through the Fire Blogs, April 9

Reading Is My SuperPower, April 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 11

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Blossoms and Blessings, April 12

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Locks, Hooks and Books, April 13

Hallie Reads, April 13

Pause for Tales, April 14

Vicky Sluiter, April 14

 

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Lorri is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f8a8/the-merchant-s-yield-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Our family has had a theme this school year about how there isn’t much in life that can’t be fixed … so while we should always try and do our best, we don’t need to worry because whatever mistake happens, there is usually a way to fix it.

 

I didn’t grow up with that mindset, not by any fault of my upbringing either. I used to have a perfectionist view of life and as a result, when I made mistakes, I didn’t see them as growth opportunities, I saw them as failures.

 

God has been working on healing me from that for the past five years. I find that as I change that opinion about myself (“there isn’t much in life, Cheri, that can’t be fixed … so when you make a mistake, it’s an opportunity for growth and to try again), I’m also extending more grace to others.

 

And it’s not just the people who are making the mistakes that I have grace for; it’s also for those who are hard on the people making mistakes.

 

 

For instance, I had to run out to the store quickly today and stopped to grab some food for one of my kids. While waiting in line to order, the manager was reaming out an employee (in front of all us customers) for overcharging a previous customer $1.79. She proceeded to complain about how it was holding up the line (there was only one person in line – ME – and I wasn’t acting impatient), how she isn’t to use two coupons in the same transaction and how she needed to go serve some food instead of just standing around waiting for her to finish fixing the problem.

 

The employee apologized to the manager for the mistake before the reaming out began, and looked embarrassed during the outburst. I felt sorry for not only the employee (who was honestly apologetic for the mistake) and also for the manager (who may not have been given an example of grace to extend to others).

 

While the lesson our family is learning this school year is about recovering from mistakes we make and how there isn’t anything so bad it can’t be fixed, I think it also extends into helping others recover from mistakes they make. The same grace we’re learning to show ourselves, we’re also learning to extend to others.

 

To me, that’s a lesson well learned.

 

© Cheri Swalwell 2020

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