Author Jessica Nelson & Being a Woman is Hard

Author Jessica Nelson

My guest today is author Jessica Nelson who is going to share about her upcoming Regency romance, The Matchmaker’s Match. She will be offering a copy of FAMILY ON THE RANGE to one commenter. Here’s Jessica:

“Being a woman is hard work.” Maya Angelou

I’d have to agree with Ms. Angelou, especially regarding women who lived in societies that limited their rights and abilities. That’s why strong historical women fascinate me. Their quest for independence, their admirable ability to maneuver around the constraints of their culture, is an inspiration in my own journey to becoming a strong woman.

In my upcoming release, The Matchmaker’s Match, Lady Amelia Baxley is very involved in prison reform. I noticed, Lyn, that you have a video of Mrs. Elizabeth Fry. Mrs. Fry was a marvelous woman who accomplished much. She is mentioned in The Matchmaker’s Match because Lady Amelia works alongside her to help female prisoners at Newgate Prison. Not only does Lady Amelia involve herself in charitable activities, but for a small fee she finds husbands for young ladies fresh in their Season. Though Lady Amelia lives off an allowance from her brother, as many ladies of the ton did in those days, she likes having the independence of a side job (which was quite scandalous).

A snag occurs in the practical lady’s plans though when Lord Ashwhite meddles in her structured life. While Lady Amelia values her abilities as a source of strength, she has also walled her heart off from love. Lord Ashwhite’s need for her assistance crumbles the emotional fortress she’s built and challenges her to discover a new way to be strong. Her newfound faith and blossoming romance shows Lady Amelia that true strength is not always found in our accomplishments or self-reliance. Oftentimes, strength is mined from opening ourselves to love, to becoming vulnerable. She learns that independence does not have to be paid for with isolation.

Being a woman is hard work. Being a strong woman…even harder. And that’s what  makes a strong woman so beautiful.”–Jessica

Jessica’s book THE MATCHMAKER’S MATCH is not out yet so she is offering a copy of her last Love Inspired Historical. FAMILY ON THE RANGE. Please leave an answer to  enter the drawing for it.

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QUESTION: Has anyone ever made you feel that you were less because you were a woman? Or someone in your family?–Lyn

PS: Last weeks winners: Mary Grace Murphy won Carol Voss’s book and Barbara Peacock won Beth White’s book. CONGRATS!

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10 Responses to Author Jessica Nelson & Being a Woman is Hard

  1. Linda Tillis says:

    The strength of a woman is not measured as much by what she can DO, as much as what she can endure, and most women don’t know much they can endure until they have to. The death of a child, divorce and division of a family, the loss of a parent, are all things that are difficult for men as well, but they do seem to strike straight to the heart of a woman. I’ve never lost a child, thanks be to the Lord, but have survived 2 divorces and lost my mother at the age of 10, only to move in with an alcoholic father. But I celebrate the positives. I have three healthy, intelligent, responsible kids who are raising good kids of their own. I have always been able to financially support them and myself. My husband of 11 yrs swears he does not understand how I came thru so pure of heart. And I celebrate that. That the Lord kept the flickering flame of love alive in my heart so that when I did meet the man meant for me, I was strong enough to overcome any fear of previous failures and GO FOR the happiness I now have.

  2. I think the only time I’ve felt that way was during PE classes in high school since the boys were more physically dominant and we’d have to split up where they would play a strong game and the majority of girls would play a weak game. It was frustrating but I wasn’t competitive enough to play with the guys.

  3. linda glaz says:

    Great post. Yes, God made women VERY strong, indeed! We have to be for so many reasons.

  4. Sonja says:

    I would have to say no. I have never felt that way. And I guess I am glad !

  5. Karen Kenyon Miller says:

    For the most part, no. However, I used to work with Developmentally Delayed emotionally volitale youths and some people said that because I was a woman I could not restrain as good as a man. I proved that I could, mostly because I’m a tall woman and I used it to my advantage. I thank God that I don’t have to do that any more (I work with the more sedate elderly population now) because I don’t think I could do it now!