Hi, reader friends! Are you ready to meet a new fictional hero today? Want to win a brand new release? I am eager to introduce y’all to Drew Dawson of My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York by Amanda Barratt and let me tell ya, this story tugged at my heartstrings!
Meet Drew Dawson
A former scrappy street kid who used his tightrope skills to gain a gig crossing Niagara Falls on the high wire, Drew Dawson has one goal in life—to care for his wheelchair-bound sister.
He’s average height with dark brown hair and eyes that vary according to his moods, changing from rich mahogany, to lighter swirls of hazel.
Describe Drew in five words.
Amanda: Protective, kind, stubborn, driven, lonely.
Beth: Oh, yes! I agree!
What do you want readers to gain from your story?
Amanda: That true freedom is found only when there is true surrender to God. Throughout the novel, both Drew and Adele try to take their lives into their own hands and “fix” things.
As a type A control-freak myself, I really related to this aspect of the characters. What God showed me (and them) is that through waiting on the Lord, He will renew our strength.
Beth: Mission accomplished!
Okay, let’s hand it over to Drew. Tell us about hmm… let me think. Would you share your impressions of Adele Linley with us, Drew?
Drew: (shifts uncomfortably) Can I pass on that question? I could tell you what it’s like to cross Niagara Falls, with nothing but a swaying tightrope separating me from certain death. No, that’s not what you want to hear.
(rubs the back of his neck and glances downward.) Adele is…well, she’s in America to marry a man of wealth, for one thing. I sure don’t fit that qualification. But there’s something about her, something that makes me wish I were rich enough to give her the life she deserves.
She’s so elegant and fine, yet truly kind. I think about her far too much, if you want to know the truth.
Beth: Sorry to put you on the spot but an answer like that is sure to make her heart go pitter-pat over you!
How about an easier question. What’s your favorite comfort food?
Drew: At least we’re through talking about… that previous topic. Honestly, any food is comforting, considering there’s never enough to eat.
But sweet rolls are a favorite of mine. My sister likes them too, and thankfully there’s a kind bakery shop owner who lets us have the stale ones.
Someday, my dream is to always have enough to eat and to see my sister walk again.
Beth: I have a bit of a sweet tooth myself. Amanda mentioned earlier that you are driven, I have no doubt that you will do everything in your power for your sister.
Amanda: Thanks so much for having me today, Beth! Drew says “thank you” too, but unfortunately, he had a pressing engagement, so he had to run. I wonder what (or whom) this pressing engagement concerns? ????
About the Book
My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York by Amanda Barratt
Journey now to Niagara Falls, New York, of 1870 where… she avoids danger at all costs. He makes his living by rushing headlong into it.
Outwardly, Adele Linley’s trip to visit her American cousins is nothing more than a summer vacation. In reality, she’s the daughter of an English aristocrat with barely a penny to her name seeking a rich American husband.
Having grown up in an overcrowded orphanage, Drew Dawson is determined to make a name for himself. He’ll take any honest job to provide for his sister—even crossing Niagara Falls by tightrope.
On a sightseeing trip to the Falls, Adele meets several eligible suitors. Incredibly wealthy and pompous, Franklin Conway takes an immediate fancy to her. But Adele would truly like to marry for love.
When she encounters the mysterious Drew in the garden, Adele is confused by her feelings for someone who is everything she is NOT looking for. Will they both stay the course they have chosen for themselves?
About the Author
ECPA bestselling author Amanda Barratt, fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story – a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes inspirational historical romance, penning stories that transport readers to a variety of locales – from the sweeping coastline of Newport, Rhode Island, to the rugged landscape of Central Texas. Her novella, The Truest Heart, was a finalist in the 2017 FHL Reader’s Choice Awards.
A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, who kindly put up with the invisible people she calls characters.
These days, Amanda can be found reading way too many books, watching an eclectic mix of BBC dramas and romantic chick flicks, and trying to figure out a way to get on the first possible flight to England.
Amanda Barratt has a paperback copy of My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele’s Journey for one Faithfully Bookish reader!
Thank you, Amanda!
What do y’all think of Drew?!
Which is sweeter, his food preferences or his admiration of Adele?