Spotlight on Historical Romance — Anne

1 Aug

About The Book

Book:  Anne

Author: Rena Groot

Genre: Historical Romantic Fiction

Release Date: 2023

It is 1881. Anne is 19, a widow travelling on the Oregon Trail. She has no option, but to travel with her husband’s murderer.  As she struggles to survive on the unforgiving trail, Anne must confront her own doubts and fears. Will she succumb to the darkness in her heart and seek vengeance at any cost? Or will she find the strength to forgive, and discover a path to redemption and healing? With each step she takes, Anne must face the harsh realities of life on the frontier and the deep mysteries of faith, trust, and grace. She dreams of revenge…but God has other plans.​​​​​​​

About The Author

I am an artist, writer, online course creator (Broken to Beautiful…, B & B host, have a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Religious Education, have been a teacher in Canada and China, a tour manager from the Rockies to the Pacific, and God has given me the honor of being an ambassador with “The Department of Eternal Affairs” to so many cool places—He must have laughed knowing His plans for me…that one day I would be praying with a voodoo queen in Haiti, another day leading a dying woman to Jesus in a hut in Belize, another day sharing the love of Jesus as an earthquake shook the Earth under my feet. God is beyond amazing. I started a blog to bless, encourage, and sometimes challenge people. Here’s the link.

More from Rena

Q & A With Rena Groot

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 wrote from morning until night 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 write 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. Here I am writing another Prairie Rose book.

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

I am very scattered and informal. A friend is sure I have ADD. 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 (Bubs Bunny Goes to Camp), to three years (A Life Set Free was started in China and finished in Israel), to a few months (Rose).

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. I would also like them to have hope that they can have a beautiful love story as they trust 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 a problem. William. Abi must keep so many secrets or her future hopes could be destroyed.

Blog Stops

By The Book, August 1 (Author Interview)

Madi’s Musings, August 1

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 2

Tell Tale Book Reviews, August 3 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 4

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 5 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 5

Texas Book-aholic, August 6

Sylvan Musings, August 7 (Author Interview)

Books You Can Feel Good About, August 8

The Book Club Network, August 9

Connie’s History Classroom, August 10

Bliss, Books & Jewels, August 11 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, August 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 13

Lily’s Book Reviews, August 14


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

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

8 Responses to “Spotlight on Historical Romance — Anne”

  1. Beatrice LaRocca August 1, 2023 at 8:12 am #

    Thank you for sharing the author’s Q&A, bio and book details, I love the cover and synopsis and I am looking forward to reading Anne

  2. Rita Wray August 1, 2023 at 9:43 am #

    Sounds like a great read.

  3. Suzanne Sellner August 1, 2023 at 10:09 am #

    What a challenging scenario in this novel! I’m sure it makes for a great story, which I’d love to read.

  4. Cindy Davis August 1, 2023 at 11:05 am #

    I have not heard of this author but the story sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Marion August 1, 2023 at 6:52 pm #

    Sounds like a great book

  6. Marisela Zuniga August 2, 2023 at 12:12 am #

    the cover looks gorgeous!

  7. sidlaw0425 August 7, 2023 at 8:52 am #

    Thank you for the interview. This looks like a fantastic novel.

  8. Kathy Danheim August 7, 2023 at 10:00 am #

    Hi Rena! Congratulations on your marriage. I’m so excited for you. I’m also excited about your book. I know it’s a great book! Thank you!

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