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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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About the Book

Book: Marisol Spanish Rose
Author: Elva Cobb Martin
Genre:  Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: November 8, 2019
Marisol_finalEscaping to the New World is her only option…Rescuing her will wrap the chains of the Inquisition around his neck.
Marisol Valentin flees Spain after murdering the nobleman who molested her. She ends up for sale on the indentured servants’ block at Charles Town harbor—dirty, angry, and with child. Her hopes are shattered, but she must find a refuge for herself and the child she carries. Can this new land offer her the grace, love, and security she craves? Or must she escape again to her only living relative in Cartagena?
Captain Ethan Becket, once a Charles Town minister, now sails the seas as a privateer, grieving his deceased wife. But when he takes captive a ship full of indentured servants, he’s intrigued by the woman whose manners seem much more refined than the average Spanish serving girl. Perfect to become governess for his young son. But when he sets out on a quest to find his captured sister, said to be in Cartagena, little does he expect his new Spanish governess to stow away on his ship with her six-month-old son. Yet her offer of help to free his sister is too tempting to pass up. And her beauty, both inside and out, is too attractive for his heart to protect itself against—until he learns she is a wanted murderess.
As their paths intertwine on a journey filled with danger, intrigue, and romance, only love and the grace of God can overcome the past and ignite a new beginning for Marisol and Ethan.

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About the Author

Elva Cobb MartinElva Cobb Martin is a wife, mother, and grandmother who lives in South Carolina with her husband and a mini-dachshund. A life-long student of history, her favorite city, Charleston, inspires her stories of romance and adventure. Her love of writing grew out of a desire to share exciting stories of courageous characters and communicate truths of the Christian faith to bring hope and encouragement. Connect with her on her web site at

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A couple of things inspired me to write Marisol ~ Spanish Rose, in addition to my love of historical romance fiction set in the colonial/pirate era of Charles Town and the Spanish Main.
I ran across a teaching of how people often let the one terrible moment of their lives define them and their future. Know anyone like this?
I envisioned a heroine in the 1700’s who let her “terrible moment”—being molested and accidentally killing the Spanish nobleman who attacks her—define her and her future destiny.
My premise for this idea and novel is: Love, forgiveness, and determination can overcome the most horrifying experiences and poor choices when we invite God into the equation.
Loving horses, particularly the white Lipizzaners, I named my heroine Marisol and set the attack on her father’s Andalusian Stud Farm in Cadiz, Spain in 1740. Andalusians are the Spanish horses in the ancestry of the Lipizzaners. And they can be trained to do dancing steps with a dancing maiden called the Flamenco, which my heroine can do well. Click here for a video of a flamenco dancer.
Marisol’s exciting Flamenco plays a pivotal part in the novel.
All this story idea needed now was an exciting, handsome Charles Town privateer—sometimes pirate—who will cross paths with my heroine when she flees Spain after killing the Spanish nobleman who molested her.
Captain Ethan Becket, backslidden former Charles Town minister, has returned to the sea, grieving the loss of his wife and child.
By the time these two get together at the indentured block in Charles Town, Marisol has discovered she is with child.
Thanks for stopping by! May you have an exciting, romantic adventure on the high seas with Captain Ethan and Marisol.


The story is set against the high seas on an adventure that is filled with danger and secrets. I loved how the author  made you fill like you were on the ship as it rocked back and forth. There was little room to move around in the cabins and it was filled with unruly men at times. Marisol was such a wonderful character. Her beauty was witnessed by many and her ability to defend herself remarkable. It was not easy to read about a horrible attack she endured and I wanted to scream at the man who caused her harm.

Marisol runs away from everything she knows and carries a secret that could cost her life. I loved the devotion her maid had in joining her on her journey to freedom. The story takes Marisol into dangerous places and I loved how the author uses faith for Marisol to hold on to. Through everything she goes through, one thing is certain. She has to trust God even though she feels hopeless at times.  She will be faced with hard decisions and sacrifices. 

Ethan was a man of honor and his attraction to Marisol will be tested as they face uncertainties. It was hard for Ethan at times to not let his feelings get in the way of achieving his goal in finding his sister. What a surprise Ethan had when he discovers a certain woman has stowed away on his ship. I loved reading about their endeavors and watching them grow closer to God and each other. There are a few surprises in the story and a bit of heartbreak that makes this book so engrossing. I highly recommend this book to readers who love reading about forgiveness, trust, adventure and a bit of romance.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Bigreadersite , November 15
Emily Yager, November 15
Connect in Fiction, November 16
Rebecca Tews , November 16
Moments, November 17
For Him and My Family, November 17
Genesis 5020, November 18
Betti Mace, November 20
mpbooks, November 20
Back Porch Reads, November 21
Maureen’s Musings, November 21
Pause for Tales , November 23
Batya’s Bits, November 23
Godly Book Reviews, November 25
janicesbookreviews, November 26
Texas Book-aholic, November 27
A Reader’s Brain, November 28


To celebrate her tour, Elva is giving away a vintage nautical writing journal and a $20 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. this sounds like a really good read. Very pretty cover!

    1. Thank you for commenting, Debbie, and I'm so glad you like Marisol's cover.
      Author Elva Cobb Martin

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    1. Dianna, I appreciate your commenting and hope you get to read Marisol--and Book 2 and Book 3 coming soon!
      Author Elva Cobb Martin

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    1. Emma, I agree. It was also a fun story to write! Now I am up to my neck in Book 2, Georgia Ann, with a grown up Samuel as captain of his own ship who must rescue Georgia from the Barbary pirates.
      Author Elva Cobb Martin

  4. Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

    1. Thank you so much for commenting, James. I hope your family can read Marisol and the next book, Georgia Ann, coming in the series.
      Elva Cobb Martin

  5. Looking forward to reading this one!

    1. Hope you have a wonderful sail with Marisol and Ethan from Charles Town to the Spanish Main. Can you smell the salt?
      Author Elva Martin

  6. Wonderful review, Deana! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Yes, Caryl, I so appreciate Deanna's kind review of Marisol and I hope you get to enjoy reading it.
      Elva Cobb Martin

  7. Deanna, thank you so much for your kind and well-written review of Marisol! The next Charleston Bride in this series will be Georgia Ann and she manages to get captured by Barbary pirates and taken to the sultan's palace in Tripoli. Grown up Captain Samuel Vargas will need to rescue her for them to have a HEA.
    Author Elva Cobb Martin