by Lisa Prysock
I wrote Abigail’s Melody to share the message that there is an alternative to the senseless killing of our unborn children through abortion. There is always help at the foot of the cross when we pray; especially for the young lady who finds herself in an unwanted pregnancy. Though this book is a Victorian story, the message is timeless.
Abigail’s Melody is the sequel to Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story. Hannah’s Garden, the first book in ‘The Victorian Christian Heritage Series,’ is the story of an orphan girl coming of age in the Victorian Era and reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables. I loved the Anne series by L. M. Montgomery and they say, write what you want to read, so I did! The theme of Hannah’s story is suffering. It’s a tragedy to triumph kind of a heartwarming romance. It’s also the story of overcoming.
Hannah is adopted into a Kentucky preacher’s family and thrust into a life with lots of siblings. It’s hard for her to believe she is loved and she unknowingly sets out to prove the reverse. Nonetheless, in spite of her antics, she begins to change after a tragic circumstance that wakes her up. The reader can journey along with Hannah and see her character transform from a troubled teen into a productive, whole, healed, and loving young woman. I loved this time period in history and found the Victorian Era very interesting to research. It’s the age of the Gibson Girls; charming two story houses with wrap around porches; and lots of bustles, big hats, fans, parasols, and lace. The book includes food and recipes from this time period, fashion, expressions, political and historical events, and many pieces of the amazing strides the world was making on the brink of an industrial revolution. From bicycles, to the automobile, to steam engines, to electricity, to the telephone and radio, the world was a constantly changing place during Queen Victoria’s reign. There is a spotlight on American turn of the century evangelicals, D. L. Moody and John Wilbur Chapman. A biography about Moody can be found here. You can read more about Chapman here. Although the paperback version isn’t technically a large print, the print is large enough that I’ve been told by readers they love the larger print.
Abigail is one of Hannah’s younger sisters. Abigail’s Melody picks up a few years after the story of Hannah. It’s 1906, and abandoned by the father of her child, Abigail finds herself with child and out of wedlock. Back in those days, her situation would have absolutely destroyed her father’s reputation as a preacher and the reputation of her family. Faced with a great dilemma, she prays and seeks counsel from an older sister, Elizabeth, who is a loving and non-judgmental Christian. Although the answer isn’t the expected one, through a great deal of prayer and help which arrives from unexpected places and unexpected characters, the Lord navigates Abigail to break free from the crisis and turns her life around. She trusts God and allows Him to step into her circumstances. Part of the story takes place on a romantic steamship which was fascinating to research. The other parts of the story take place in the countryside of both Kentucky and England. The book is a short read, more like a novella, filled with adventure and insight into the life of a believer. If I had to sum it up in one line it would be: preacher’s kid on the adventure of a lifetime meets Downton Abbey. The book shines a spotlight on William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army and gives readers a glimpse of the many dangers Booth faced to reach others for Christ. Both books are suitable for young adults and clean, wholesome reads.
Readers can acquire both eBooks in this series for less than $3.00 and a generous portion of proceeds helps to support missions. Both books are also available at Barnes and Noble online, Smashwords, Apple iBooks, and Kobo.
Also, don’t forget to enter this Amazon giveaway for a chance to win one of four free Kindle version eBook copies I’m giving away of my newest release, The Shoemaker, an Old-Fashioned Christmas Regency Romance which just released on Valentine’s Day, 2017. You can enter for a chance to win one of the four eBook copies until March 1st, 2017!
About the Author:
Lisa M. Prysock is the author of “To Find a Duchess,” a Regency Inspirational Romance and two more Historical Christian Romance books with Kentucky settings in the Victorian Era, “Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story,” and “Abigail’s Melody,” Volume 1 and 2 in a series titled “The Victorian Christian Heritage Series.”
“I don’t know how it happens but most of my books end up in beautiful England at some point and two start out in gorgeous, rolling Kentucky…”
Kentucky inspires her writing and is home. She is happily married to her husband of seventeen years and homeschools two of their five children. She has a son in college and two stepdaughters, grown. Lisa grew up in the Ohio Valley and also spent her early childhood years in Minnesota on a farm. “Yes, there were chickens, a cow named Daisy and even horses one summer, a huge vegetable garden, fishing and snowmobiles!”
Lisa remembers writing her very first book in kindergarten in Wisconsin, with help from the teacher and a stapler. “It was a book about ‘Curious George.’ I couldn’t spell yet but the teacher wrote words beneath my illustrations for what I wanted to say on each page.” She has been writing ever since. She won a prize for a short story in 8th grade and remembers buying a manual typewriter with her first ever babysitting earnings.
Lisa is a huge fan of the “Little House on the Prairie” series, the “Anne of Green Gables” collection, the Jane Austen collection, C.S. Lewis books, “Heidi,” “Christy,” “Jane Eyre,” and “Little Women.” She loves writing family oriented, classic style literature: a little less conversation and a lot more detail and background. She also loves sharing her faith in Christ with her readers. She believes people just need to know how wonderful He is and attributes her dream of writing coming true entirely to Him.
She gives a portion of the proceeds of her books each month to missionaries and evangelists to further the gospel. She is currently writing her eighth book, and she recently completed “The Lydia Collection.” For more information about Lisa and to find out when her next book will launch, she can be found at: www.LisaPrysock.com