I’ve gotten into the habit of living in my characters’ homes.
I set my two Love Inspired Historical books in one of my favorite cities: Natchez, Mississippi. Sitting on the Mississippi River bluff in the deep, deep South, the Natchez area was prime cotton country in antebellum days. Cotton kings grew their crop in the rich Delta soil and transported it on the river, making Natchez the wealthiest city in the United States (per capita). It was also staunchly pro-Union, which meant most of the grand cotton estates survived the War for Southern Independence.
A lot of them still stand today, and some of them are inns.
Two of those inns were my temporary home while I researched and wrote my books. Dunleith was Graham Talbot’s home in Counterfeit Courtship, and Monmouth was Clarissa’s villa in my new release, An Inconvenient Marriage.
At Monmouth, I discovered the Sanctuary, the little Greco-Roman style structure a previous owner built as a memorial to answered prayer. Thankful for his miraculous recovery from cancer, the owner built the Sanctuary as a place of private prayer and worship. This story inspired me to choose “Great is Thy Faithfulness” as the theme of this book. And one of the characters may or may not have had a similar experience that led to the building of his own Sanctuary!
In what ways has God been faithful to you? For every comment you make, telling your story of His faithfulness, I’ll reveal one instance of His faithfulness to me through the years.
Great is His Faithfulness!
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About the book
Widowed reverend Samuel Montgomery is excited to start over with his daughter in Natchez, Mississippi—until he learns he’ll lose his job if he doesn’t marry. His solution: a marriage in name only to heiress Clarissa Adams, who needs a husband to win her inheritance. Though the beautiful music teacher will make a good wife, Samuel doubts he can ever truly capture her heart.Marriage satisfies only the first provision of Clarissa’s grandfather’s will, which pits her against her cousin. And fulfilling the remaining stipulations won’t be easy between caring for Samuel’s rebellious daughter and managing an orphanage. But Samuel seems determined to stand by her side...and maybe even prove their marriage could be more than just convenient.
About the author:
Christina Miller has always lived in the past. Her passion for history began with her grandmother’s stories of 1920s rural southern Indiana. When Christina began to write fiction, she believed God was calling her to write what she knew: history.
Bethany College of Missions graduate, pastor’s wife, and worship leader, she lives on the family’s farm with her husband of twenty-nine years and Sugar, their talking dog.