Book Spotlight – History Lessons – Linda Leigh Hargrove

Can you please tell us a little bit about History Lessons?

History Lessons is the first book in Newland Road Romance Novella series. The story is set in the early 1970s and has a young couple in the center. The woman (Paula) is a native of a small farming town called Cherry, North Carolina, and the man (Ed) is an outsider from the ‘big city’ where he teaches college history.

Please share your favorite lines or quotes from the book.

When I first started outlining the story, I knew it would be a country mouse meets city mouse kind of story, but what surprised me was how much events of the 1970s like the Vietnam War and racial politics wove themselves into the characters and the plotline. It was fun seeing that develop as I wrote.

What was your favorite scene to write?

My favorite scene was when Ed teaches Paula about her history in a way that draws them closer together. They’re standing on the grounds of a plantation where her forefather had been forced into slavery. It was a place she had taken for granted for so many years. Through his eyes, she sees strength and resilience in her ancestors, not weakness.

What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

I want people to take a message of hope and healing from this book. Paula had lived through abuse and deep disappointments from previous relationships and failures. I want people to see that they can get back up and achieve success despite setbacks and loss.

Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075687X9Y

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