Today, Faith Blum joins us with her new release, Amazing Grace. We also get to meet one of the characters!
Caleb hurried to the post office. He had to get in and out before his sister finished at the general store. “Any mail for the Stuarts?” he asked the postmaster.
The postmaster took a lazy look at him over the top of his eyeglasses and gave a heaving sigh as he turned around to check. “Yep. Somethin’ from Ohio and somethin’ from Montana.”
Tapping his foot, Caleb waited until the large man put the letters lazily in his hand. As he left he wondered why Anna had written someone in Montana and who she knew in Montana. It was really none of his business, but he was still curious. He folded the Ohio letter in half and stashed it in his back pocket. It would get wrinkled, but at least Anna wouldn’t know about it.
As Caleb struggles through some inner battles, he secretly starts a correspondence with a widow and her daughter. Their unabashed faith in God convicts him and increases his inner struggles.
Unable to find a steady job, Maggie places an advertisement to become a mail-order bride. Her daughter, Rachel, is her motivation and encouragement, but if Maggie doesn’t find a job or husband soon, Rachel might not survive through the next year.
Can Caleb learn to trust God despite his past? Can Maggie and Rachel hold onto their faith despite all their trials? What will happen when they meet in person?
Meet Caleb’s sister, Anna…
What was going through your mind when Jedran away?
At first, I couldn’t believe he would do such a thing, but after thinking a little bit… I wasn’t surprised. There was nothing for him here and he was old enough to go out on his own. I think I was mostly hurt and sad.
When Da was beating Jed did you want to stop it?
Definitely! But I couldn’t do anything more than just comfort him and take care of whatever wounds he had.
What did you like most about church?
The teaching. I didn’t have anyone else to teach me about the Bible, so having a pastor who taught straight from the Bible and taught it thoroughly, but concisely was exactly what I needed.
Do you have someone special who has caught your eye?
Maybe. I’m not sure how much I should tell you so I don’t give anything away. I’ll just say that he’s really smart, a godly man, handsome, and everything I have ever thought I would want in a potential husband plus some things I hadn’t thought of. I hope that’s vague enough for my author and informative enough for you.
What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t busy with day-to-day life?
Oh, that is a good question. I guess I would say visiting either Wilma or Hester or both. They are such good friends and always an encouragement to me.
What do you think of your brother contacting a mail order bride?
You are just full of hard questions. I think it is wonderful, but a little concerning at the same time. Caleb needs a wife. He is such a quiet man and needs someone besides me to talk to and help him get out of his shell more. The only thing that concerns me is if he gets too attached to Maggie and gets hurt when she can’t marry him because she’s a Christian and he isn’t. I pray every day that God will bring Caleb into His fold.
About the Author:
An avid reader, Faith Blum started writing at an early age. Whether it was a story about the camping trip that summer or a more creative story about fictional characters, she has always enjoyed writing. When not writing, Miss Blum enjoys reading, crafting, playing piano, Captaining on the Holy Worlds Historical Fiction Forum and playing games with her family (canasta, anyone?).
As a history enthusiast who has been fascinated for years with the Old West, Faith has endeavored to create a clean, fun, and challenging Western story. Faith lives with her family on a hobby farm in the Northern Midwest, where she enjoys the many cats they have.