Hello again, Readers and Writers!
Today, A.M. Heath is visiting to share a bit of history, news on her new Christian historical romance, AND a giveaway!
First, a bit of history. The WPA (and CCC) began during the Great Depression, extended into WWII, and left legacies that can still be seen today, in construction, monuments, works of art—but I’ll let our visiting expert tell you more about it!
An Overview of the WPA
The WPA (Works Progress Administration, later renamed the Work Project Administration) was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 as part of his New Deal. In 1935, the unemployment rate was 20% and the WPA was the President’s way of creating new jobs and putting people back to work.
During its height in 1938, more than 3.3 million Americans worked for the WPA.
Here’s a quick look at some of the work they accomplished during that time:
They built 4,000 schools
9,000 miles of storm drains and sanitary sewer lines
paved or repaired 280,000 miles of road
and planted 24 million trees.
The pack horse librarians were among the many jobs created by the WPA.
With the WWII weapon production on the increase, the program ended in June of 1943 with an unemployment rate of 2%.
I encourage you to research the WPA and CCC to learn more about the various jobs created especially for the hardest years of the Great Depression.
Thank you Anita, for a look at this fascinating program! Now, on to the new book! Hearts on Lonely Mountain is part of a multi-author series about the WPA packhorse librarians. Click here for more information on the other books.
About Hearts on Lonely Mountain
Can two lonely people find more than a fleeting friendship or will a prejudiced town keep them apart?
When Ivory Bledsoe left the city to minister to the people of the rural mountain town of Willow Hollow, she never expected to be shunned rather than welcomed. Seeing the town as a lost cause, she’s eager to return home, but when the bridge leading out of town is washed away during a flood, she finds herself stranded in the last place she wants to be.
Ben Thrasher was content with his quiet life until he met the new librarian. He can’t help but be drawn to the friendly and lively Ivory Bledsoe, despite her being at the center of the town’s latest superstition. It’s only a matter of time until she captures his heart, turning his world upside down in the process.
Has Ivory gotten God’s plan for her all wrong or is there still a way she can serve these people? And can Ben ask her to stay in a place where so few are willing to embrace her?
Thanks to an advance copy, I’ve already enjoyed visiting Willow Hollow and the 1930s with Hearts on Lonely Mountain. As in all of her books that I’ve read, A.M. Heath’s research shows through in the little details of the era. As a small-town-girl myself, I had to chuckle a little at Ivory’s struggle to fit in with the culture of the small mountain village (while feeling sorry for her! As soon as she went in to hug people she’d just met, I suspected that things were going to be rocky!) Ivory’s struggle with serving in spite of superstition, unfulfilled expectations, and rejection forced her to grow throughout the story, making her a character to root for, and the love story was sweet. If you enjoy Christian romance set in a fascinating period of history, Hearts on Lonely Mountain is a great pick!
About the Author
Bio: Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and a retired cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.
Blog Tour Information
I have exclusive bonus content for you at each and every stop. Tucked away, inside each post is a key word/phrase. If you complete the phrase, you’ll earn bonus entries in the giveaway. Have fun!
Secret Code #2 were
Amanda @ Amanda Tero Blog: Review and Character Interview: Curt Armstrong
Tarissa @ In the Bookcase: Review and Common Great Depression Sandwiches
Kaitlyn: Maidens for Modesty: Review and My Inspiration for Ivory
Debbie: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations: Review and Ivory’s Children’s Book Recommendations
Vicky @ Vicky Sluiter: Review and Character Interview: Gerrit Callon
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