Today we have the pleasure of having Laurie Alice Eakes here to talk about her new book that just came out.
One of the many aspects of being a writer I love is having an excuse to dig up interesting historical tidbits. When a friend told me about a train wreck outside of Hillsdale, Michigan in 1856, I went digging for more information. Although I would like to say I found a treasure-trove of details, the facts on the wreck available to us now are pretty minimal; however, they opened numerous other facets of history that sparked my imagination into the full-blown fire of a story.
On February 8, 1856, the east and westbound trains collided engine, to engine outside of Hillsdale, Michigan. Snow was falling and one train didn’t have its headlight on. Surprisingly few people were injured or died, but the passengers were stranded in Hillsdale for a week. A week? As in the week of Valentine’s Day? In Hillsdale, Michigan, home of one of the few colleges in the country at that time, that allowed female students to study alongside men, receiving the same education? As part of its charter, Hillsdale College prohibited the discrimination of any person based on race, religion, or sex. In the mid nineteenth century, this was forward-thinking indeed. A town that rallied around stranded passengers to house, feed, and clothe them is just special.
A lady going to college in the 1856 was an unusual woman for the time. She would be ambitious and independent. She would want . . . something.
Thus Euphemia Roper—Mia to her friends—was born. She has gotten a degree from what was originally Michigan Central College in Spring Arbor, Michigan, before it moved to Hillsdale, and vows nothing will stop her from becoming a journalist, not even the man she loves.
When that man chooses a position at the college over going east with Mia, she vows never to return to Hillsdale and the location of her broken heart. Yet an editor sends her back to write a story on women at the college because of her connection there, so she returns . . . for the story only. Of course she returns for the story only.
When the trains collide, Mia is literally thrown into a week of intrigue surrounding an abandoned child on the wrecked train, the renewal of friendships abandoned for the sake of her career, and too much contact with the man she believes abandoned her.
Although Collision of the Heart is set in 1856, the struggles women all over the world face balancing marriage and family with career are even more relevant today. We all crave love. Many of us crave recognition for our accomplishments and abilities. Is it possible to have both?
About Collision of the Heart
Collision of the Heart
Laurie Alice Eakes
Publisher: Waterfall Press
This was formerly published as The Professor's Heart, and has since undergone author and editorial additions and improvements.
Mia Roper isn’t a typical nineteenth-century woman. Refusing to pass up the hard-won opportunity to prove herself as a journalist, she left Hillsdale, Michigan, hoping in vain that Ayden Goswell would follow her to Boston.
When the train bringing her back for her first major story crashes in a snowstorm outside town, Mia is stranded. Not even the survival of a fellow passenger , a toddler, can ease her heart’s sudden ache at seeing Ayden, now a history professor at the local college, courting someone else.
Ayden’s never gotten over the fact that the most fascinating woman he ever met chose her career over marriage . . . and he let her go. But marrying the department director’s daughter could at least guarantee him a permanent job. It’s a satisfactory arrangement, yet his kind, pretty bride-to-be has one simple flaw: she’s not Mia.
As soon as the trains are running, Mia will be leaving again, unless she and Ayden can reconcile ambition and love—and take a leap of faith together.
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About Laurie Alice Eakes
“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with more than two dozen books in print.
She lives in Texas, but is soon relocating to a colder climate because she is weird enough to like snow and icy lake water. When she isn’t basking in the glory of being cold, she likes to read, visit museums, and take long walks, preferably with her husband, though the cats make her feel guilty every time she leaves the house.
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I don't know about you, but it sounds like a book that I'd love to read. :) Thank you for being here Laurie Alice. It's been a pleasure.