Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Her Independent Spirit by Zena Abbott

Today Zina Abbott will share with you excerpt #7 and
A chance to win a copy of Her Independent Spirit by playing the Amazon Giveaway sweepstakes.

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About the Book:

Beth Dodd has made a promise to help “Lulu”, a young prostitute at the Blue Feather, keep her baby if she decides to leave the whorehouse and become a respectable woman. But Beth hadn’t counted on the obstacles she and the new mother will face from society in the mining town of Lundy. From the obstinate landlady, Mrs. Ford, to her intractable German boss, Gus Herschel, Beth must fight for the woman she’s promised to help. But Beth Dodd never gives in, and she keeps her word with a stubbornness that Lundy folks are not accustomed to seeing from a woman.

Once Lulu, now known as the more respectable Louisa Parmley, starts working for Gus in his kitchen, she proves that Beth was right to take a chance on her. She has every intention of making a good life for her new daughter. But can she also hope to find happiness with Gus? And will Gus be able to accept her and baby Sophie Ann as his? Love was never in the cards for Gus, but Louisa dreams of happiness with the stoic man, and Beth is determined to bring them together through HER INDEPENDENT SPIRIT.


     Albert straightened and turned to Louisa. “You take care of yourself now, Miss Lulu. Even though you’re no longer at the Blue Feather, you can still count me as your friend. If anyone gives you any trouble, you get word to me and I’ll run them off for you.”
     Louisa glanced over at Mrs. Ford who stood only a few feet away. She did her best to ignore the woman’s crossed arms and her face screwed into a grimace. “Thank you, Albert. Your friendship has meant a lot to me. I-I hope I have no need to call on you to help me, but I appreciate your offer. Good-bye.”
     Albert nodded and turned to leave.
     “Mr. Albert,” Beth stopped him.
     Albert turned back to face her. “It’s just Albert, ma’am.”
     “Albert, she ain’t Lulu no more. She done left that kind of life behind. If you have call to speak to her again, it’s more fittin’ if you ask for Miss Parmley.”
     Albert stared at Beth for several seconds while he absorbed her words. Then he turned back to Louisa and nodded. “Good-bye, Miss Parmley.”

Photo: This is not a photo of Mrs. Mary Ford, the Irish immigrant widow who owned the Pioneer Boarding House in Lundy and also invested in the local mines. However, the clothing style is correct for 1884, and this is how Zina Abbott pictures her.

Zina Abbott is offering a copy of the book through Amazon Giveaway sweepstakes with a  one in fifty chance of winning. You may access Amazon Giveaway by CLICKING HERE and following the instructions.

About the Author:

Zina Abbott is the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her historical novels. You may find the first two novellas in the Eastern Sierra Brides 1884 series, Big Meadows Valentine and A Resurrected Heart, by clicking on the hyperlinks for the novel titles or by going to Zina Abbott’s Amazon Author Page by clicking HERE.

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My Review for Her Independent Spirit.....

Her Independent Spirit centers around the lives of two women, Beth Todd and Louisa Parmley.  Beth, a fiercely independent woman as a plan for her life that she intends to make come true, with nobody’s help.

She meets new mother, Louisa Parmley, aka Lulu, a prostitute that worked at the Blue Feather. Louisa wants to keep her baby and leave the prostitution business forever.  Beth agrees to help, adding to her almost impossible list.

Work and places to live, especially with a newborn, are hard to find in the mining town of Lundy, CA.  It will take more than determination for Beth and Louisa to achieve the lives they are looking for.

I was asked to give an honest review of Her Independent Spirit and it is my pleasure to tell you how much I enjoyed this book.  Zina Abbott is a wonderful storyteller that makes you feel like you are right in the mix of things.  

This story is a great read and rich in history.  I gladly recommend this story and congratulate Ms. Abbott for a wonderful story.

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