Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kelly's Chance by Wanda E. Brunstetter

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Kelly’s Chance
Barbour Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 2010)


Wanda E. Brunstetter


A Note From Wanda:

Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be a writer. When I was in the second grade, I wrote my first poem about a moth. Luckily, I received encouragement from my teacher. During my teen years, I wrote skits that my church teen group performed during special holidays.

It wasn’t until 1980 that I took a course on writing for children and teenagers. I became serious about a career as an author. Soon after that, I began to write stories, articles, poems, and devotionals, which appeared in a variety of Christian publications. Later, I had 5 books of puppet/ventriloquist scripts published. *These books are currently available by contacting me. (

My first novel was released by Barbour Publishing’s book club, Heartsong Presents, in Dec. 1997. I have now written nearly fifty books, with over 4 million books in print. Many of the novels I've written are Amish-themed.


Life for Kelly McGregor is a daily drudge of driving her overbearing father’s mules along Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Canal. She dreams of one day owning an art gallery where her own drawings and paintings are on display. But these dreams don’t include marriage. . .not after seeing what her father has done to her mother. How then can Mike Cooper, a general store owner, make her realize he is different than her father and wants to support her artistic talent? Will Kelly learn that dreams can walk hand in hand with a love created by God?

If you would like to read the first chapter of  Kelly’s Chance , go HERE.

Margie's comments: If you're looking for a sweet historical romance, Wanda Brunstetter's Kelly's Chance is a good choice. Wanda's historical books are well researched, as are her Amish books. I enjoy reading about part of the country that I know little about. And I love history. So it's always a treat to pick up one of Wanda's historicals. Today, Wanda answers a couple of questions about this new series.

Can you give some background on your research for the Brides of Lehigh Canal series and why you wrote it?
Wanda: My husband grew up in Easton, PA, which is near the Lehigh Canal. He played there a lot when he was a boy and swam in the canal. The first time I walked the towpath there with him, I became fascinated, and after our first ride on a canal boat I knew I had to write about the canal era.

What scripture inspired you in writing Kelly's Chance and what do you hope your readers learn from the story?
The scripture that spoke to Kelly in the book is found in Romans 8:28: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose." It's my hope that readers will realize after reading Kelly's Chance that it is possible to move beyond our past and be open to God's will for our lives.

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