Embattled Hearts is the story of two people changed by battles they never wanted to face.
Where is your story set?
A remote Pony Express Station in Wyoming Territory called Horseshoe Station.
What truth do you hope people walk away with after reading your story? Do your books have a spiritual message?
That some battles are worth fighting. Trust is the underlying spiritual issue in Embattled Hearts. Trusting others, but more importantly, trusting God.
What do you feel makes your story stand out from others in this genre?
I hope that my many, many hours of research into the details of life in this era will help transport the reader back in time. I also love to include non-human characters in my stories. Embattle Hearts contains a certain very special horse that plays a significant role, which I can’t elaborate on without giving a spoiler.
What inspired the story behind this novel?
When I was asked to propose a story for this collection themed around the Pony Express, I thought about an area of Wyoming that we had visited a few years prior. The Oregon Trail cut through there, and that sparked the idea for the heroine to be someone heading west. The other major event of that time period was the beginning of the Civil War, which brought about the hero’s backstory.
Alannah Fagan escaped from a battle she wouldn’t survive. Stewart McCann left behind a battle he couldn’t face. Thrown together at Horseshoe Station, can they find something worth fighting for?
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About the Author
Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” An avid reader and writer, she enjoys fiction stories threaded through historical events and around historical figures. Civil War and Colonial are her favorite eras. Pegg is a regular blogger at both QuidProQuills.com and ColonialQuills.com. When not working on her latest novel, Pegg can be found in her garden, in her kitchen, tending her sheep, or on her trusty old horse, Trooper. See more at PeggThomas.com.