The Story that Started It All!

This is the book that actually began the Of Love and War series! I had Joel and Evelyn’s characters in mind before I had the other books and characters. And I’m thrilled to finally be able to share their love story!


In France at the height of World War I, American nurse Evelyn Gray is no stranger to suffering. She’s helped save the life of many a soldier, but when she learns her betrothed has been killed, her own heart may be broken beyond repair. Summoning all her strength, Evelyn is determined to carry on-not just for herself and her country, but for her unborn child.

Corporal Joel Campbell dreams of the day the war is over and he can return home and start a family. When a brutal battle injury puts that hope in jeopardy, Joel is lost to despair . . . until he meets Evelyn. Beautiful, compassionate, and in need of help, she makes an unconventional proposal that could save their lives-or ruin them irrevocably. Now, amidst the terror and turmoil of the Western Front, these two lost souls will have to put their faith in love to find the miracle they’ve been looking for.

Find HOPE RISING on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and wherever else books are sold.

To celebrate the release of HOPE RISING, please join me and guest authors Jennifer Moore, Amber Perry, and Jennifer Delamere online for a Facebook party today from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (mountain time). Here’s the event link.

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A Christmas Hope is Now Available!


Having experienced the heartache of unrequited love, Maria Schmitt desperately seeks a new life. Landing a position as a clerk in a Sioux City bank is just what she needs to get started on her journey toward healing. But a dashing stranger soon puts her job-and her heart-in jeopardy.

Saving lives was all Dale Emerson ever wanted to do . . . until a fateful day in France shattered his career as a surgeon. He lost everything that mattered, and the last thing he wants to do is resign himself to a life without medicine working at his uncle’s bank. Then he meets Maria, a compassionate woman who can see past his scars to the man he once was-and the man he could be again. With Christmas right around the corner, these two wounded hearts may find that hope and a little holiday cheer are just the ticket to letting go of regrets-and embracing a future full of love and possibility.

I’m super excited for this release! It was a lot of fun to write a novella, especially a holiday-themed one set in 1918, as well as giving a happily ever after to these two characters. For those readers who’ve read HOPE AT DAWN (Of Love and War, Book 1), you’ll recognize Maria Schmitt in this special holiday novella. But the novella can also be read as a stand alone.

Find it on:
Books A Million for $1.59
Amazon for $1.99
Barnes and Noble for $1.99
Google Play for $1.99

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A Starred Publishers Weekly Review!

HOPE RISING (Of Love and War, Book 2) received a starred review from Publishers Weekly this week: “Henrie’s attention to historical detail and her ability to create multidimensional characters in a swiftly moving, immersive story make this a novel to be savored until the final page is turned.”

You can read the full review here.

I can’t wait to share this story on December 16th about Joel and Evelyn in worn-torn France!

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Depression Era Cake – Sans Eggs, Milk and Butter

I made this cake yesterday and was pleasantly surprised with how well it turned out. Plus it’s super easy and fast to prepare. Cakes like these, which don’t require eggs or milk or butter, stem from the Great Depression days when people came up with creative ways to “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”
Going without and being creative with food wasn’t a new mentality in the 1930’s, though. In the U.S.during the Great War, food posters like this one were popular. Going without niceties like meat or sugar or wheat was a way to help with the war effort. In England, sugar was even rationed up until 1920!
Have you tried one of these egg-less cakes?

Depression Era Chocolate Cake*

1 1/2 cups flour
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
5 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients in a 8×8 baking dish. Make three depressions in mixture – two small, one large. Pour vinegar in one small depression, vanilla in the other small depression, and the vegetable oil in the largest. Pour the water over everything, then mix until batter is smooth.
Bake for 30 – 35 mins and let cool. Then frost and enjoy!

*For different flavors of this cake, as well as a gluten free version, check out this post from The Sweet Little Bluebird blog. 

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My Recommendation: Unequal Affections by Lara S. Ormiston

What It’s About:
When Elizabeth Bennet first knew Mr. Darcy, she despised him and was sure he felt the same. Angered by his pride and reserve, influenced by the lies of the charming Mr. Wickham, she never troubled herself to believe he was anything other than the worst of men—until, one day, he unexpectedly proposed.

Mr. Darcy’s passionate avowal of love causes Elizabeth to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about him. What she knows is that he is rich, handsome, clever, and very much in love with her. She, on the other hand, is poor, and can expect a future of increasing poverty if she does not marry. The incentives for her to accept him are strong, but she is honest enough to tell him that she does not return his affections. He says he can accept that—but will either of them ever be truly happy in a relationship of unequal affection?

Diverging from Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice at the proposal in the Hunsford parsonage, this story explores the kind of man Darcy is, even before his “proper humbling,” and how such a man, so full of pride, so much in love, might have behaved had Elizabeth chosen to accept his original proposal.

My Thoughts:
I happened to pick this book off the shelf at the library, not knowing anything about it. The premise sounded interesting – telling Pride and Prejudice from the stance of Elizabeth accepting Darcy’s his first proposal instead of refusing him – so I thought I’d give it a try. And I’m so glad I did!

I absolutely LOVED this book! I can’t remember if I read the original Pride and Prejudice or not, but I feel I know the story fairly well from the movies and other books. But I have to say I liked Ms. Ormiston’s story just as much, if not a little more, than the original story. I loved getting to know Darcy so much more in this version, as well as Elizabeth. I loved how it explored things the original doesn’t – like how Darcy would actually react to having to associate with Elizabeth’s family or how they actually overcome their pride and prejudices for each other. The growing chemistry between them was awesome. It was a clean, beautifully written story!

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My Recommendation: Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell

What It’s About:
Lucy Kendall always assumed she’d help her father in his candy-making business, creating recipes and aiding him in their shared passion. But after a year traveling in Europe, Lucy returns to 1910 St. Louis to find her father unwell and her mother planning to sell the struggling candy company. Determined to help, Lucy vows to create a candy that will reverse their fortunes.

St. Louis newcomer Charlie Clarke is determined to help his father dominate the nation’s candy industry. Compromise is not an option when the prize is a father’s approval, and falling in love with a business rival is a recipe for disaster when only one company can win. Will these two star-crossed lovers let a competition that turns less than friendly sour their dreams?

My Thoughts:
I loved Lucy and Charlie – these are two flawed characters I felt like I could relate to! I loved the chemistry between them and how perfectly matched they were for each other. The obstacles between them were also realistic and not ones easily overcome either. The candy aspects were interesting and I really liked the time period and setting. I think one of my favorite things, that initially I wasn’t sure if I’d like or not, was the first person point of view of Charlie. I liked seeing things from his side and perspective. I’ve long been a fan of Siri Mitchell’s stories and writing style, and this book is another example of why I love her stuff.

Find it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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HOPE AT DAWN releases today!

My first WWI romance is out today!!! You can read Chapter 1 on my Facebook author page

If you live in Utah, I’m doing a signing on Thursday, June 26th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the American Fork Library with Amish romance author Jennifer Beckstrand. There will be food, door prizes, and of course, clean romance! Books are available for purchase at the event.

If you live outside of Utah or are unable to make it Thursday night, I’m also hosting a Facebook launch party on Wednesday, June 25th from 10:00 to noon (MDT). Fans of Jennifer Delamere, fellow inspirational historical romance author with Grand Central, and Jennifer Beckstrand won’t want to miss this party – both authors will be “stopping by” and giving away books!

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WWI Tidbit – Remembering

Poppies have long symbolized those who fell on the battlefields of France during WWI – largely because of the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by John McCrae in May 1915 about the Great War.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
This year – and this summer, in particular – marks the 100th-anniversary of the start of WWI, with these key dates:
June 28, 1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated by a Serbian
July 28, 1914 – Austria declares war on Serbia
August 1, 1914 – Germany declares war on Russia, Serbia’s ally
August 3, 1914 – Germany declares war on France, Russia’s ally
August 4, 1914 – Great Britain declares war on Germany in response to Germany invading Belgium
Having studied much about this war and the time period, I’m thrilled to have my Of Love and War series release during this anniversary year – taking readers from the home front, to a war hospital near the front lines, to England in 1920 as the world struggles to recover from the effects of the Great War. 
And speaking of release – HOPE AT DAWN comes out in two weeks!

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Just Can’t Get Enough WWI (part 2)

There are two movies set right before and during WWI that I absolutely love – not only for research purposes but because of the story lines and the way they capture the time period.

The first is a BBC production called The 39 Steps (2008), starring Rupert Penry-Jones, one of my favorite British actors. The story takes place right before the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that catapulted the world toward war. The main character is framed for a murder he didn’t commit and subsequently becomes caught up in tracking down a German spy ring in Scotland. It’s a story of intrigue and mystery but also humor and romance. 
The second is Flyboys (2006), starring James Franco. This is the story of some of the first American pilots to fly with the French in WWI. It’s a fantastic film that shows not only the danger of being a pilot at the time but also the gorgeous French countryside and even a glimpse of No Man’s Land.
Have you seen either of these movies?

*HOPE AT DAWN was selected as a Night Owl Reviews top pick! Read the review here.
**If you missed Just Can’t Get Enough WWI (part 1), you can read it here.

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Just Can’t Get Enough WWI (part 1)

The German-American experience during the Great War is one that isn’t found in very many works of fiction. Even true stories don’t abound in huge numbers online. So I thought I’d share the name of another work of fiction that touches on this lesser known piece of history and is a really great read, too.

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson is young adult historical novel set in 1917-1918. Like Hope at Dawn it takes place during America’s involvement in WWI. Hattie even has a close friend who’s a soldier over there. While “proving up” by herself on her uncle’s homestead in Montana, she witnesses firsthand some German-American prejudice.

Next week I’ll share two of my favorite movies set during WWI – one well-known, the other much less so but fantastic at capturing a world right on the cusp of war.

Have you read Hattie Big Sky? What other books about German-Americans during the Great War have you read? Did the title of this post put that Depeche Mode song in your head, too? 🙂

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