Today I am pleased to have the wonderful Terri Rochenski on my blog for her latest book, Alone No More. I hosted her for a cover reveal a couple of months ago and I am delighted to have her back. When I first read about Alone No More I became interested in the hero, James Elliot, and wanted to know more about him, so when I signed up for a character interview I of course chose him to be the focus.
Character Interview of James Elliot:
Tell us a little about yourself.
Orphaned at the age of seven, my sister and I went to live with our uncle in a tiny village near Birmingham. While my sister was fawned over, I labored on the farm. Once I was of age, I left for a season to learn new techniques for crop rotations and such things. Although my uncle doesn’t care for me, I will inherit all he has, and I plan on making the land prosperous upon my return.
Tell us about your greatest accomplishment.
I have plans to accomplish a great deal, but to this point all I can feel proud of is standing up to my uncle and insisting I leave Birmingham to gain experience and knowledge about farming.
What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?
Uncle didn’t believe in raising a hand to his fellow man, and told me it was a sin to do so, but one time I deemed it necessary. I suppose I’ll answer for it someday, but the man sorely deserved a broken nose.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I suppose it might happen for some, but I’ve been alone my whole life and doubt I will ever be so lucky.
Describe your ideal woman.
Sweet. Sensitive. Compassionate. Perhaps a young lady a bit lonely like me, one who will give thanks every day for having found a life partner.
Title: Alone No More
Author: Terri Rochenski
Genre: Romance / Historical
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
World Wide Release Date: December 18, 2013
Dismissed from her job as a scullery maid and cast aside by her lover, pregnant Cara Morland has no choice but to return to her father’s farm. While lies of widowhood keep her from disgrace, Cara is faced with a local landowner’s unwanted attentions. Without the social status to do much more than avoid the vile man, she loses hope of ever finding happiness.
A friendship based on mutual loneliness blossoms between Cara and James Elliot, a young farm hand hired by her father. He offers his protection, and one shared kiss reveals his heart, but propriety and her feigned grieving period hinders what they both desire.
When Cara’s stalker learns the truth of her circumstances, he gives her an ultimatum—submit to his possession or he’ll ruin her second chance at love with James.
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.
I read Alone No More just in time for Terri's post, so I wanted to add my review for everyone to read. Note: I was not asked by the author to read her book, and my review is 100% honest.
Alone No More started out sweet and then became amazing. It was just what I needed. I sympathized with Cara. Her gentleness and youth made it impossible not to like her and feel sorry for her situation. She was written so believably well that I could’ve sworn her thoughts and emotions were my own.
As soon as James Elliot made his appearance I dare say I was taken by him instantly. And I don’t think I’ll ever be able to smell the scent of cloves in the same way again. ;)
I loved the confrontation between Cara’s stalker and James. The growing tension for what Mr. Collins would try next kept me glued to my seat. My jaw literally dropped once, my heart breaking for Cara. And I was biting my nails during the climax.
Alone No More is a great read full of emotion, real-to-life suspense, and old-fashioned romance. I didn’t hesitate to give it 5 stars, and it became a favorite before I even finished reading. Highly recommended! Ladies, you have to read this one!
Sorry, the giveaway is over.