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Goodbye Nauvoo FREE on Kindle December 12-15th!
I am so excited to share this book with you! Marie Woodward, author of Goodbye, Nauvoo, a historical fiction, has a beautiful family history around the very subject of her book! Join me to learn why she is committed to writing clean and inspiration books, and the fascinating history behind her novel, including some family history, and a cherished recipe. Check out this fun fact Marie shared.
“The picture of the Nauvoo temple image on the cover of my book was taken by my mother-in-law, Cindy Woodward. She was there on vacation and didn’t realize a tornado was brewing in the background at the time she took the picture.”
Marie recently had a baby. Marie shared this photo of her little family on the day they blessed the new addition to their family and her inspiration for writing clean novels.
I asked Marie about her commitment to only produce clean books and she said:
” As a mother, I want to be an example to my children in writing clean and inspirational books. I want to uplift others and write books that people can be inspired by.”
Marie carefully researched her own family history and Nauvoo for her beautiful novel. If you are not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and you know nothing of the history of Nauvoo (spoiler alert), members of the church built the beautiful city in swamp land. They were later driven violently and forced to leave behind their homes and their beautiful temple. It is such an important piece of our culture and history, our Church has rebuilt the temple and returned some of the city to its former glory. You can visit historic Nauvoo and see it as it looked at the time of this story.
About the book: Goodbye, Nauvoo
In 1845, Nauvoo, Illinois was a bustling city of Latter-day Saints, but an exodus was on the horizon. Mobs riddled Nauvoo and threatened to burn the city if the Saints didn’t leave.
Goodbye, Nauvoo is based on the lives of three real women from a pioneer family: Martha, a young mother who wants nothing more than to see the completion of the Nauvoo temple and to keep her family together; Lydia, who doesn’t believe she could ever let herself love again after the death of her husband Danny; and Mother Parker, who wrestles with her own past demons as she struggles to parent her daughters. All three women learn about love, family, and forgiveness in a town they can no longer call home.
While researching her story, Marie found some fun adds in the historic Nauvoo Neighbor magazine from 1845.
About the Author: Marie Woodward
Marie Woodward was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a proud military wife and the mother of three adorable children. In her free time, she loves to hike with her family, write stories, travel to historic locations, and make music. As a descendant of Latter-day Saint pioneers, she has always been fascinated by church and family history. Her debut novel, Goodbye, Nauvoo, was inspired by the biography of her great-great-great grandmother, Martha Wilcox, a pioneer woman whose faith brought her and her family to Nauvoo, Illinois from Canada.
Cameron’s Famous Cinnamon Rolls Recipe:
2-1/4 tsp yeast
1 cup milk
1 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
Mix warm milk, 1 tbsp sugar, and yeast. Let activate around 10 minutes
Add melted 3 tbsp butter, 3 cups flour, and 1/4 tsp salt. Mix and knead. Let rise for one hour or until doubled
Roll out dough. Spray with canola oil and sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 27 minutes.
Add frosting over cinnamon rolls
4 tbsp (1/4 cup) butter or margarine, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp vanilla extract