I'm pleased to welcome romance author Shanna Hatfield to my blog today. Take it away, Shanna.
When I decided to write a Victorian Christmas story, I wanted to use a real town from the 1800s. After doing a little research, I settled on Hardman, Oregon. Located in Eastern Oregon, about twenty miles from present-day Heppner, Hardman is now a ghost town. Around twenty to thirty residents still call Hardman home, but for those driving through the town, there isn’t much left from the days when it was a thriving community. I used details from Ghost Town Gallery for my research about Hardman and to create the Hardman Holidays series. Although the stories are works of fiction and most of the town exists only in my active imagination, the town did boast a skating rink, four churches, a school, and newspaper office in the 1880s. John F. Royse, reportedly one of the most successful farmers in the area, and his brother, were said to be the first permanent settlers in the Hardman country.
Visit Hardman as I see it in my imagination through the holiday series: The Christmas Bargain, The Christmas Token, The Christmas Calamity, The Christmas Vow, and the new release The Christmas Quandary!
Holiday surprises await two lonely hearts in Hardman…
Tom Grove just needs to survive a month at home while he recovers from a work injury. How bad can it be to return to Hardman for the holiday season? He arrives to discover his middle-aged parents acting like newlyweds, the school in need of a teacher, and the girl of his dreams already engaged.
After the loss of her parents and her fiancé abandoning her to spend a year abroad, Lila Granger desires a change of scenery. She leaves her home in New York to spend a few months with relatives in Hardman, Oregon. The idea of stepping off the train into a place that gives her a true sense of coming home never entered her mind. Neither did the notion of falling in love with a man who clearly can’t wait to get away from the small town. The Christmas Quandary is a sweet Victorian romance, full of laughter and heartwarming moments, perfect for a holiday read. Available on Amazon!