Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Backcountry Romance

How exciting that Barbour released The Backcountry Brides early! This collection includes Her Redcoat, my story set at Fort Michilimackinac during the Indian uprising known as Pontiac's Rebellion.

The backcountry, which is what the Colonials called the frontier, was sparsely populated, largely inhospitable, and undeniably dangerous. Not the best setting for a romance!

Or is it?

Romance in the backcountry looked very different from romance today. Remember that sparsely populated part? There wasn't a lot to choose from. Marriages were often for protection, companionship, and to share the workload. In short ... they were practical.

But that doesn't mean there couldn't be a spark. A certain something. A change in the air. An awakening of desire. 

My hero and heroine meet at a time when cultures were clashing. The French were moving out, the British were moving in, the local tribes were being forever changed, and a new culture of those with mixed European and native blood was rising. Tensions were high. The stakes were life and death. However, the human heart being what is it, my hero and heroine are drawn together.

They don't have years - or even months - to work out a traditional courtship. Time is short and danger surrounds them. They have one shot and must find the courage to take it, even though it means turning their backs on everything else. 

It was a brutal time in our history and one in which the weak did not survive. I enjoyed writing their story, and I hope readers will enjoy it as well.

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Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls.


  1. Thank you for the historical background and the practicality of marriages back in the day. It certainly is not what marriage looks like today. Congrats on the new book releasing early!

  2. It is always fun to visit Stitches. Thank you for sharing your very interesting post.

  3. I enjoy reading about marriages of convenience. I'm sure we romanticize them, and that they weren't always easy. Fun to escape into the possibilities.

    1. I'm sure we romanticize them too ... but it would be a historical ROMANCE without that part, right?!

  4. Our church library readers love these books.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.

    1. Nothing better than a church library filled with wholesome fiction titles. :)

  5. Would love to read this collection. I love these Barbour novella collections!

  6. Great post with the history. Congratulations on your story being in The Backcountry Brides Collections. This will be a wonderful collection to read.

    1. It is. Trust me. I got a sneak peek at all the stories.