About the Book
Book: The Elnora Monet
Author: Rachel Skatvold
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: April 27, 2021
Islanders call him the Elnora Monet.
Is that island speak for “pompous, arrogant jerk?”
When Carly Mulligan volunteered to make house calls on Elnora, she never imagined treating the richest cat on the islands. What other feline has his own wing in a mansion like the Belshaw Estate?
After a wrong turn in the mansion, Carly stumbles across a secret room—one filled with incredible paintings. Perhaps there’s something more to the man than she first thought.
Most people envy Jean-Luc Belshaw’s position. The heir to a lucrative business and family fortune, he should have everything he could dream of.
But Luc dreams of days past. Days when he traveled the world with his wife and painted the breathings of his soul disappeared with Angeline’s passing. Faith and inspiration gone, he wonders if returning to France to take his place in his father’s business is the right thing to do.
Carly has a few relational demons of her own, and she’s reluctant to trust him, but Luc’s paintings draw her in even as his story touches a long-empty place in her heart.
Only God can transform two broken pasts into a work of art.
The Elnora Monet continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
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About the Author
Rachel Skatvold is a Christian author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing inspirational romance and encouraging blogs. Rachel completed her first series, the Riley Family Legacy Novellas in 2014 and is now working on the Hart Ranch Series, set in the Montana wilderness and the Ladies of Ardena Series, set in medieval times. She is also a contributing author in the Whispers in Wyoming and Brides of Pelican Rapids Series. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons. You can find more information about Rachel and her books on her website: www.rachelskatvold.com.
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Thank you for helping celebrate the release of The Elnora Monet by following this Celebration Tour hosted by Celebrate Lit. I hope you enjoy learning a little more about the characters and what inspired the story. Please follow the other stops on this tour and don’t forget to enter in the giveaway. Thank you!
It has been a wonderful experience working with the talented authors and editors in the Independence Islands Series. Each of these stories has a heartwarming message of faith and the characters always teach me something new. Ever since writing Kendall Mulligan’s story in Her Merriweather Hero, I’ve been excited to share her free-spirited younger sister’s story.
Carly had many struggles in the first book, questioning what purpose God had for her life. This time around, her feet are more grounded, but she still has some growing to do when it comes to faith. Carly has been a fun character to write about because of her witty extroverted personality and some of the humorous predicaments she ends up in…one of them including getting caught snooping around a billionaire’s mansion.
While not outspoken as Carly, I can relate to the character’s search for direction. Sometimes it is difficult learning to trust, especially during troubling times, but we can rely on God’s promises. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight.” This verse means so much to me because I know even when I can’t understand something, He is behind the scenes guiding me in the right direction. For Carly, it leads in a direction she never expects, but it is worth it in the end.
Certain parts of the story were inspired by my mom. If you have read Her Merriweather Hero, you know the Mulligan sisters are originally from New England, close to where my mom grew up. I love hearing about her memories of spending time at Nantasket Beach, drinking orange pop, and putting chips in her sandwich so they wouldn’t blow away. Even though I grew up in the Midwest, I still put chips in my own sandwich because of watching her do the same thing and her fridge is always stocked with orange pop to this day. Little bits of my mom’s childhood are weaved into this story, making it close to my heart.
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I really enjoyed this story and hated to see it end. The author did a great job of developing the characters which made them come to life. I could easily see myself back on the island as the people strolled along the beach, ate from the wonderful food truck and enjoyed each other’s company. I loved the feeling of family as the author delivers a story filled with emotional treasures waiting to be discovered.
It was easy to love Carly as I remember her from another book in this series. She is quite outspoken and full of adventure. Helping her sister on the traveling vet mobile was fun and I learned quite a bit about the ins and outs of treating animals for different things. I love animals and anything that related to them grabs my attention right away. Carly’s encounter with Luc is funny since Carly is found snooping around in his mansion. Oh the details of his place were spectacular and I wanted to be invited there. The breathtaking paintings were easy to see due to the author’s words that eloquently described every detail. My husband airbrushes and paints so I really enjoyed learning more about Luc’s talent.
I appreciate that the author didn’t rush the attraction between Luc and Carly. It was sweet, romantic and very endearing. Luc sure knows how to sweep someone off their feet with his gestures of flowers, picnics and gifts. It is important to note that although they were getting to know each other, the two main characters had a few things that were holding them back from happiness. I think the main one was letting go of the past for Luc. He hasn’t allowed himself to be happy since his wife died. His faith is weak but there will be a moment that will change him forever as he helps someone very dear to him know Jesus. This is my favorite part of the entire book.
Carly is slowly beginning to have deep feelings for Luc but I think she is afraid to trust. Her hesitation may push Luc away but God has a plan for her. She has allowed her dreams to almost disappear but as she listens to God her faith grows stronger. There is much more to the story but I won’t ruin it for readers. Be prepared for a few tears along the way as the author sweeps us away on a journey to finding happiness, forgiveness and love.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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