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September 2018: Favorite Heroine
~ Ruth Kaufman ~

CTR asked:
QUESTION: Of your published titles to date, which heroine is your favorite and why?

Ruth Kaufman said:
My favorite is Joanna in Follow Your Heart. As we know, women today face many challenges in the business world. But in late medieval England, owning and running your own business was even more difficult. So I admire the talented and resourceful Joanna, who doesn’t give up despite daunting obstacles including her own brother’s and employee’s betrayals.

She yearns to carry on her father’s legacy and make his glass-painting studio a success. While striving to restore relationships with clients who now doubt her abilities thanks to her brother, she must continue her creative and management endeavors and produce new designs and stained-glass windows. She finds ways to maintain calm in the face of so much pressure.

Because her life revolves around her work, marriage isn’t on her to do list. But men did have more power and authority, and could open more doors. To save her studio, she makes a deal to marry an intriguing man she happened to meet…not knowing how strong emotions and feelings would turn her life upside down. Or how difficult it would be to achieve the very thing she wants most.


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Follow Your Heart

[Medieval Romance]

England 1460: Joanna Peyntor has two uses for a man: to pose for a stained glass window design or to commission her skills. When her brother conspires to ruin her reputation, she concedes to a third: a husband to help save her glass-painting workshop.

On a quest to redeem his family name and lands, Sir Adrian Bedford must marry without delay. But what woman would wed an impoverished former nobleman who insists on an unusual stricture in their marriage contract? Joanna, a woman striving to succeed in a man’s world.

When irresistible attraction makes their marriage of convenience inconvenient, will his dangerous secrets keep them from following their hearts?

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