Book Spotlight And Author Interview — Rose

10 Apr

 About The Book

Book: Rose

Author: Rena Groot

Genre: Christian Historical Romantic Fiction

Release date: April 28, 2022

Strong, determined Rose finds more than she bargained for on a wagon train headed out West on the Oregon Trail. Will she be able to leave the comforts of high society behind to survive the rigors of the trail? Will she humbly admit her need for strength, hope and courage from God? What is God saying to her about Lachlan, her surprise chaperone? Why did God bring Lachlan into her life if their dreams collide? Rose has dreams of being a teacher in town. Lachlan’s dream is to be a rancher, far from any town. Must Rose abandon her dreams to embrace his…or will she let this gentle giant of a man leave to pursue his own dreams?

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About The Author

Hi. My name is Rena Groot. I have a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Religious Education from the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta. I have been a teacher in Canada and China, have published eight books, I have designed a digital course called Broken to Beautiful-Transformed By God’s Power, I have been a tour manager from the Rockies to the Pacific, have been a missionary to the ends of the Earth, a mom of four—and the most important part—I am a child of God.

Author Q & A

Many authors say that they have always been a writer — making up stories as a child. When did you first become a writer?

There is much more to the story…but my addiction to writing was born while sitting under a mosquito net in China. I didn’t stop writing until A Life Set Free was finished.

Was there a special someone, such as a teacher, parent, or other relative, who encouraged you to pursue writing?

Two high school teachers and a seminary professor gave me the impression they thought I was a gifted writer. There are so many amazing authors, I am not sure why God chose me to write. I am sure God must have smiled when I discovered this gift from Him. I hope I get to write in eternity.

Why did you choose to writein the historical, romantic, Christian genre?

My friend Caryl McAdoo seemed confident I could write a Prairie Rose Collection book…so upon her invitation I wrote Rose. I loved reading settler’s accounts of their travels.

What does a typical writing day look like? Are you structured or informal in your writing schedule? 

I am very scattered and informal. One night I had such a flow of ideas I wrote all night. Basically, I write when I can’t not write.

How long does it usually take to craft your books? (from outlines/first drafts to final edits) 

That has varied from twenty-five years, to three years, to a few months.

Can you tell us a little about what inspired your latest novel.

I wanted women to have a beautiful, wholesome, God-honoring, historical fiction, love story.

What do you want your readers to take away with them after finishing one of your novels?

A greater faith, hope, and trust in God.

Readers always want to know what is next for an author. Do you have any works in progress you can share about?

Abi. It is 1863. The civil war has brought chaos to Abigail’s family. She is haunted by a letter she is carrying from her father that could ruin her reputation. She is tempted to burn it, but her dream of a home in Oregon would also be ruined. Her fiancé is waiting for her in Oregon City…but there’s aproblem. William. Abi must keep so many secrets or her future hopes could be destroyed.

More from Rena

My middle name is Rose. I was named after my grandmother, Rose. As far as I know, I never met my father’s mother, Rose. Her life, and my dad’s, were an enigma to me. While writing this book I found out Rose had two other grandchildren I knew nothing about—my brother and sister I didn’t know existed. God is so amazing! (This is attached to the email)

One of my favorite recipes is fry bread. On days we stay in camp, I make enough for the week. It gets a bit hard towards the end of the week, but softens when it’s dipped in stew. Here’s the recipe: Four cups flour, one quarter cup shortening—I use bacon fat—four teaspoons baking powder, three-quarters cup of milk, one teaspoon salt, and oil or fat for frying. If the dough is too thick or thin, Willow said to play with it until it feels just right. It can also be made into a dessert if you put milk, cinnamon, and berries on top.

Johnnycake’s delicious with beans. It’s so easy to make. You need two eggs, two cups of sour milk, one half cup flour, two tablespoons molasses, one teaspoon salt, two cups cornmeal, one teaspoon baking powder, and two tablespoons butter. You mix all the ingredients then bake it in a Dutch oven over the fire until it’s cooked.

Cheese is easy to make. It’s a good way to use the two gallons of milk we get from our cow and the goat each day. We are getting so much we have been sharing. Willow showed me how to gently heat the milk in a pail on the fire until it’s blood warm. Rennet is needed to make cheese, so I use a flask made from a cow’s stomach because it has rennet in it. I had no idea. I pour the hot milk into the stomach flask and wait. After it’s been left a few hours, I pour it out, break up the curds, and mix them with salt. I wrap the curds in a cloth and put them in a round wooden frame called “the follower.” (Thankfully, Lachlan had the good sense to buy one of those also). The curds are pressed in the follower. The cheese is usually aged for at least two months before it can be eaten.

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To celebrate her tour, Rena is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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9 Responses to “Book Spotlight And Author Interview — Rose”

  1. Rita Wray April 10, 2023 at 10:58 am #

    I liked the Q & A.

    • rbclibrary April 10, 2023 at 11:24 am #


  2. Patty April 10, 2023 at 11:43 am #

    I love historical fiction, and have always enjoyed Oregon trail stories.

  3. MsRedK April 10, 2023 at 10:35 pm #

    This sounds like an inspiring book.
    Cindi Knowles

  4. Beatrice LaRocca April 10, 2023 at 11:31 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your interview, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading Rose, it sounds like a wonderful story

  5. Emma April 11, 2023 at 12:57 am #

    I like the author’s reason for writing this book!

  6. Jodi Hunter (@JodiHunter6) April 11, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

    Sounds like a great read.

  7. sidlaw0425 April 12, 2023 at 6:51 am #

    This should be an excellent novel. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. sidlaw0425 April 12, 2023 at 6:51 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity

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