Hello friends! Next week the Prairie Roses Collection comes out, a group of stories by some talented authors. Each day this week I’ll put the spotlight on one of the books in the collection. Today we’re learning more about Barbara Goss’s story Hope.
About the Book
As a mail order bride, Hope finds herself married to an outlaw. She is left stranded on the Oregon Trail at about the same time as Daniel’s wife dies of cholera. The wagon train master strongly urges them to join forces and marry. They plan to have the marriage of convenience annulled in Oregon, but a life and death situation reunites them before that happens.
Will Hope settle for less than Daniel’s whole heart? Can he let go of his grief and take a second chance at love?
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Interview With Hope
Welcome to A Baker’s Perspective today Hope!
Hello, Jessica! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be here today and to meet you. I’m a bit nervous about what you’ll ask me. Be gentle. I’m a happy person presently, but it was a rough road getting there.
What’s your family like, growing up I mean . . . your parents? Siblings?
Sadly, I was reared in an orphanage. I don’t know who my parents were or if I had siblings. I do have a Father in heaven and that’s all I need.
Did it shock you when you learned…
that the man I married was a member of the Jesse James gang?
Yes, at first. When I stopped to ponder on it later, after his tragedy, I had seen something in him that made it believable.
What is your greatest dream?
It may seem strange to people who grew up in happy families, but for me, my greatest wish was to be loved. I never had a mother to tuck me in at night, or a father to bounce me on his knee. I just want a man who loves me with his whole heart.
I have a pretty deep question next. What’s the most terrible thing that ever happened to you?
If I told you, I’d be giving away a big part of the story. My most terrible moment was on a stagecoach ride, and I’ll never ride in one again. That’s all I can say.
What was one thing another person did that surprised/ angered/ delighted/ saddened/ frightened you? Did this impact how things turned out?
After Daniel’s wife died, he kept her locket in his breast pocket. It acted as a barrier of sorts, because I couldn’t reach his heart as long as his first wife still clung to it. It didn’t surprise, anger or delight me…it saddened me and later, hurt me deeply. Daniel needed to make some changes in his life to win me.
I cannot wait to read your story, Hope. Thank you for talking with me today!
Thank you, Jessica for having me and for being easy on me. I’ve enjoyed out chat. I hope you and all who read this will meet me in the wagon train story of Hope written for The Prairie Roses Collection.
About the Author
Barbara Goss lives in Western New York and to date has written 42 Christian and/or Sweet Romance books, mostly westerns. She enjoys crossword puzzles, penny slots, reading, swimming, and her two cats, but not necessarily in that order. She tries to write exciting stories with a bit of God’s word spread within, without dominating the story.
She began writing in 1988, and her first book, Forbidden Legacy, won first prize for fiction at a Christian Writers Convention in Titusville, Florida in 1989. This won her a book contract with Publishers: Fleming Revell and later Baker Books. She wrote four books for them under contract. She then took a few years off to work full time as a secretary to the county hospital and the local school system.
Barbara’s greatest influence in writing is the Collection of one hundred books written by Grace Livingston Hill. As a Christian writer, she weaves a bit of godliness into the romance and adventure, yet her books are always clean. Barbara is well on her way to catching up to Ms. Livingston.
She is now turning her wonderful e-books into Audiobooks. Look for them on Amazon.