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Today begins the second series giveaway in my Love Inspired Historical book giveaway bonanza!
The boardinghouse was the equivalent to a modern day bed and breakfast combined with an apartment. Individuals would rent a room in the house much like renting an apartment. They would typically share a bathroom and a meal with the other tenants as the B&B’s offer today. This was a good option for many working women in the late 1800’s – early 1900’s since it was more economical and offered a measure of safety if the other tenants were of good character.
That was the case with this series. The tenants of Mrs. Heaton’s boardinghouse became more like family the longer they lived together. I really enjoyed entering the lives of these independent men and women, particularly the women. I also love the covers of these books.
A fourth book in this series was released in February 2015 (not in this giveaway as you can tell) and I read on the author’s blog that she just signed a contract for two more books in this series. How neat it will be to revisit everyone!
Boardinghouse Betrothals series by Janet Lee Barton
Somewhere to Call Home (Boardinghouse Betrothals #1)
Back of the book: One might call it a proposal. Violet Burton knows it’s blackmail, and she refuses to give in. She won’t marry the unscrupulous banker who holds the mortgage on her Virginia home. Instead, she’ll find employment in New York City, earning enough to pay her debts before returning home. Virginia’s where she belongs…even if reconnecting with childhood friend Michael Heaton makes her long to stay permanently at his mother’s boardinghouse.
The freckle-faced little girl Michael knew is now a lovely woman. Helping Violet find her way is a simple act of friendship-at least at first. But soon he’ll do anything to keep her safe, and hope she’ll see that the home she seeks is one they can share together.
A Place of Refuge (Boardinghouse Betrothals #2)
Back of the Book: If Kathleen O’Bryan were capable of trusting any man, it might be someone like Luke Patterson. She never expected to be reunited with the man that rescued her last summer, but when she arrives at Heaton House, seeking refuge, it’s the handsome writer who greets her at the door.
Something about the lovely Irish immigrant stirs Luke’s protective instincts. Life in New York’s harsh tenements hasn’t dimmed Kathleen’s tender spirit. Day by day, Luke feels the walls around his heart crumble. But it will take faith on Kathleen’s side, too, and the heart’s power to recognized a real home at last.
A Home For Her Heart (Boardinghouse Betrothals #3)
Back of the book: Magazine writer Elizabeth Anderson has sparred with newspaper reporter John Talbot for years. Though they cover similar stories, John thinks Elizabeth’s writing is trivial, and she finds him too boastful. So when they must work together to investigate New York City’s worst tenement houses, they’re surprised by the great team they make.
Despite their professional rivalry, John and Elizabeth begin to trust each other as they grow from competitors, to friends, to something more. But then John makes a startling discovery that would break the story—and Elizabeth’s heart—wide-open. John’s always been driven by his career—can he give up one dream for another?
All of the books in this giveaway bonanza have been used but most of them look almost new. Keep in mind that because this is a series, the books are good condition, but are a little more “loved” than some of the others.
The seventh giveaway I am having is for three Love Inspired Historical books: Somewhere to Call Home, A Place of Refuge, and A Home for Her Heart (The Boardinghouse Betrothals series) by Janet Lee Barton. They are gently read copies in good condition. To enter the giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Open to readers with USA mailing addresses only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The winner will be notified via email and will have one week to respond back to me with their info. Good Luck and Thank You for stopping by!
The comment question for this giveaway is: What do you think would be the best or worst part of living in a Boardinghouse?
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