Thursday, April 30, 2015

Zina Abbott talks about her book, Big Meadows Valentine


Big Meadows Valentine is the first novella in the Eastern Sierra Brides 1884 series by Zina Abbott. Although it includes a chapter with a Valentine’s Day theme, it is not strictly a valentine story. It begins in the first week of January, 1884. Here is a little of what it is about:
Some men left the civilized settlements of the east to risk life and limb in the lawless gold and silver mines of California and Nevada for wealth. Beth Dodd left behind her little sister and the civilized farming region of southern Ohio that she loved to travel to those same mining regions to search for her scalawag of a husband who deserted her. In Lundy, Beth finds rancher named Val Caldwell with a heart bigger than all the gold in the Mono County mountains of the eastern Sierra-Nevada. She stays, knowing she has a responsibility to settle affairs with her husband. But, having lost almost everything she valued due to the decisions forced upon her first by her father and then by her husband, can she ever again trust a man to have any degree of influence or control over her life?
Bitter over laws that favor men over women and determined to start a new life for herself and her sister on her own terms and through her own efforts, Beth resists the attraction she feels towards Val. Can Val make any headway in his quest to persuade Beth to consider a future with him someday?


    “I done made provisions for you, daughter. You ain’t gonna be workin’ like this no more. I found me a man to buy the farm.”
    His words immediately propelled Beth into action. Her face suffused with shock, she threw her splayed hands up next to her head as she sucked in her breath. Next, she leaned forward and reached to grab her father’s hands clinging to the wooden arms of the rocker. At the last moment, she thought better of it and clasped her hands in front of her.
    “No, Pa! There ain’t no call you doin’ that. We’re doin’ right fine. Sellin’ the farm will force us to move to town. You don’t want that.”
    “We ain’t movin’ to town. We’re stayin’ right here. I done found you a husband, Beth. It’s part of the deal. He’s goin’ to marry you as part of buyin’ the farm.”


 Zina Abbott is the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her historical novels. Her novel,
Family Secrets, was published by Fire Star Press in October 2014 and her novelette, A
Christmas Promise, was published by Prairie Rose Publications in November 2014. The first two novellas in the Eastern SierraBrides 1884 series, Big Meadows Valentine and A

 Resurrected Heart, are now available.

The author currently lives with her husband in California near the “Gateway to Yosemite.” She enjoys family history and any kind of history. When she is not piecing together novel plots, she pieces together quilt blocks.

Please visit the Zina Abbott’s Amazon Author Page by clicking HERE.

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  1. Good morning Zina. What a great excerpt. Now there's one Pa that would be dead! LOL
    Thanks for being my guest today.

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  3. Thank you, Penny. Unfortunately, this type of thing took place all too often in the past, especially for women who were not of age, yet (21 years old). In this story, this is in the prologue and takes place years before 1884. Pa knows he is dying of consumption, but does not believe in willing the farm to his two daughters--only a MAN can take care of a farm. He thinks he is doing a good thing. I encourage readers to find out whether or not Pa made a wise choice when it came to providing for Beth and her sister.

  4. Penny and Zina, thank you for sharing. I am going to go look at this one. It looks very interesting.