I’m beyond thrilled to welcome one of my very favorite historical romance authors back to Romancing History today, Karen Witemeyer. Karen is going to introduce us to Penelope Snow, the heroine of her upcoming release, Fairest of Heart, Book 1 in the Texas Ever After series (releases June 6). I’m really looking forward to this collection of Fairy Tale retellings with a Texas twist.
Karen has generously offered an autographed copy to one lucky Romancing History reader, so please be sure to visit the Giveaway section for the details on how to enter before you leave.
Meet Penelope Snow
Hello, everyone. My name is Penelope Snow and I’m delighted to meet you. I’ve been asked to share a bit about myself, though I’d really rather listen to your story. I’m not a fan of being in the limelight. I’d much rather be in the background, quietly working without garnering any attention. This preference has served me well in my current position as maid to highly acclaimed actress, Madame LaBelle. She’s a stunningly beautiful woman and extremely talented. Yes, she can be rather demanding and even harsh at times, but I’ve learned how to navigate her moods. After a scandal besmirched my name back in Chicago, I’m thankful to have the work, though I dream of a day when I might be free to find a place of my own to belong. Perhaps even find a man to love—one who values me not for my face or figure, but for who I truly am inside.
Five Fast Facts
- I’m an orphan.
- Beauty has caused me nothing but heartache, so I hide my figure beneath shapeless dresses and avoid male attention as much as possible.
- My worth is found in my ability to work hard.
- I secretly long for a true family.
- My best friend is Oliver – as in Oliver Twist, a book by Charles Dickens. Oliver and I have marvelous adventures together. Including the time I was nearly run down by the horse of a Texas Ranger.
Character Q & A
RH: Are you a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty kind of person?
PS: I’m definitely a half-full girl. God’s mercies are new every morning, and I start each day with a fresh supply of hope. No matter how grumpy or cruel or strange a person might be, I look for the good in them. Sometimes I have to dig pretty far, but I always find something to admire.
RH: What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
PS: Being found wearing nothing but my undergarments and an old blanket by six gray-haired drovers and one far-too-handsome Ranger. Heavens, if I hadn’t just spent a harrowing night trying to escape being tied to a tree and left as bait for wild animals, I might have tried to hide from them. But I needed help so badly, and they were all so kind. The Ranger even gave me his shirt to wear. Sigh . . . that’s probably when I started falling in love with him.
RH: If you could be an animal, which would you choose and why?
PS: I’d choose a meadowlark. Can’t you imagine? The freedom to soar above the world and its problems. A cozy nest to snuggle up in at night with a mate and perhaps a few hatchlings. I’m not sure about eating worms, but, oh, to have the gift of song! To sing instead of speak, and to bring joy to anyone who bends an ear to listen. That would be heavenly!
RH: What is your most treasured possession?
PS: I have very few things that I can call my own. Oliver, of course. A Bible. And a photograph of me and Edith, the cook at Wyndham’s School of Girls in Chicago. She was the one who found me abandoned on the school’s back stoop. She raised me, taught me to cook, and most of all, taught me to believe in a God who cares for all his children, even the ones discarded by the world.
RH: Tell us about your romantic interest?
PS: Oh, my. Well, if you must know, I have a terrible crush on a Texas Ranger named Titus Kingsley. The first time I met him he was trying to save a dog’s life. I knew instantly that he was a man of character and nobility. As a lawman, he has a strong sense of justice, but he can also be incredibly thoughtful and kind. It really is a shame that he thinks I’m the jewel thief he’s hunting.
About the Book
Beauty has been nothing but a curse to Penelope Snow. When she becomes a personal maid for a famous actress whose troupe is leaving Chicago to tour the west, she hides her figure beneath shapeless dresses and keeps her head down. But she still manages to attract the wrong attention, leaving her prospects in tatters—and her jealous mistress plotting her demise.
After his brother lost his life over a woman, Texas Ranger Titus Kingsley has learned to expect the worst from females and is rarely disappointed. So when a young woman found in suspicious circumstances takes up residence with the seven old drovers living at his grandfather’s ranch, Titus is determined to keep a close eye on her.
With a promotion hanging in the balance, Titus investigates a robbery case tied to Penelope’s old acting troupe. The evidence points to her guilt, but Titus’s heart divines a different truth—one that might just get Penelope killed.
An enchanting Western take on the classic Snow White fairy tale, Fairest of Heart will sweep you away from once upon a time to happily ever after.
About the Author
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Voted #1 Readers’ Favorite Christian Historical Author in 2023 by Family Fiction Magazine, Karen is a multiple award-winning author and a firm believer in the power of happy endings. She is an avid cross-stitcher, tea drinker, and gospel hymn singer who makes her home in Abilene, TX with her heroic husband who vanquishes laundry dragons and dirty dish villains whenever she’s on deadline.
This giveaway is now closed!
Congratulations to our winner, Cheryl C.!!
Karen is offering a signed copy of Fairest of Heart to one Romancing History visitor. To enter, let us know what your favorite fairy tale is in the comments below.