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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Heroine Interview with Cornelia Gill from Dogwood Plantation Plus Two Giveaways

Today is a special day at Older & Smarter? blog. Virginia resident Cornelia Gill answers our questions, and then, at the end of this post, there are two special giveaways for you to enter!

Heroine Interview with Cornelia Gill
From the new Christian Fiction novel

Dogwood Plantation

By Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D.

Q: Welcome, Cornelia, I'm absolutely  thrilled to have you visit today. Can you tell  all of us a little bit about your childhood?

Yes, ma’am. I was brought up in my family’s cabin which is on property edging Dogwood Plantation in Charles City, Virginia. I was an only child until I was nigh onto thirteen. Then we were blessed with the arrival of my younger brother, Andy. My grandmama lived with us until her death. She never recovered from my grandfather losing her family’s property (Dogwood Plantation) gambling in a card game during the American Revolution. You see, it had been in the Pleasant family’s possession since the sixteen hundreds!

Q: Wow, I think I’d have trouble, too. What is your current situation in life?

I was trained at a girls’ academy in Richmond, Virginia, at a rather advanced age of sixteen. They helped me learn bookkeeping skills and I accepted a position at the school. When I lived at home, I followed my father around Dogwood Plantation and helped him sometimes in his office. He was the manager there.

Q: So you live in Richmond now?

I returned home when my father died, recently, and I am taking care of my brother. Our mother died some years ago. I currently do not have a position. With the yellow fever epidemic, things are very much in flux here in Charles City.

Q: Oh my. And do I understand that the War of 1812 yet continues?

Yes, ma’am. I worry that my childhood sweetheart, who also has had to return home to care for his four orphaned nephews, may push past his leg injury and return to the Navy. With Bonaparte defeated, the English may now turn all their formidable force upon us!

Q: You live in perilous times. Is there anything you wish for the readers to know about you?

Yes, although my second cousin, Hayes Davis, is a wonderful man, and my only living relation, I do not see how I could in good conscience accept what is beginning to sound like an offer of marriage! Perhaps the readers can advise me if I am better off listening to my heart.

Cornelia, thank you for spending time with us. I look forward to finding out what your future holds. 


When a deadly yellow fever outbreak draws Cornelia Gill back home, her new independent life must be abandoned. Injured veteran, Carter Williams, likewise must return to Dogwood Plantation when he suffers grievous family losses. Both become caretakers to younger family members. As the War of 1812 heats up, two wounded hearts begin to heal. But can they manage all that life has handed them?

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Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance.  Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to listen to audiobooks, bake, walk with her family, and travel to beautiful places by the water– but not all at the same time!

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  • Readers, there are two chances to win! In the comments, please answer the question below for a chance to win either an ebook copy or a paperback copy of Dogwood Plantation. ***If you live outside of the United States, an ebook is the option.***
           Do you think Cornelia should consider a proposal from her second cousin or should she listen to her heart? 

  • Click the rafflecopter link below to enter Carrie's giveaway for a chance at some other wonderful prizes!


  1. This story sounds fantastic. I actualkt read the book. Cornelia had a difficult life but she keeps persevering. Does she solve the problem of marriage to Hayes? Does the yellow fever epidemic continue? Read this very historical book. I through enjoyed it.

  2. Please don't enter me as I've read this wonderful book as well! Great interview! Sometimes our hearts are deceptive, so maybe Cornelia should trust her gut. But then perhaps in this case she SHOULD listen to her heart. I'll never tell. lol

  3. Cornelia and Carter sound like they have had a great deal of responsibility put on their young shoulders.
    Cornelia should definitely listen to her heart!

  4. Great interview! I'm not entering either as I have read this wonderful book. Cornelia certainly has faced a lot of challenges and changes in her life. Now she has a decision to make, should she follow her heart or a different path? I'll not tell.
    Blessings, Tina

  5. I definitely think Cornelia should listen to her heart. I enjoyed reading the interview and can’t wait to read the book.

  6. This sounds so lovely, Carrie! Congratulations on the new book! I of course always lean toward the side of true love, and I always thought it would be weird to marry a cousin (even though it was socially acceptable)...hopefully there’s a happy ending in there for everyone!
    Terirose22 (at) Hotmail (dot) com

  7. Great interview! I don't think Cornelia shouldn't make a quick decision. Considering the times, I think she needs to think over the pros and cons of each choice and pray that God will show her the way.

  8. I think she should listen to her heart. Because that may be what God wants her to do.

    This book sounds so good! Can't wait to read it.

  9. Cornelia has to listen to her heart. Wait for love,,,not settle for her second cousin. Wait for the one she cannot luve without!

  10. Cornelia should listen to her heart This sounds like such a good book cant wait to read!

  11. I think she should listen to her heart. 😁 I loved this blog. I don’t think I’ve read one where it was the character being interviewed.

  12. Hey, Carrie, SUPER CONGRATS on your latest release, my friend. I pray God's blessings and favor on it and you!

    And I think she should listen to her heart and "follow the peace."

    Hugs and more hugs,

  13. Carrie, Congratulations on your release!

    I enjoyed "meeting" Cornelia. I agree with Julie. Peace is the confirmation.


  14. This looks like something I really need to read!

    --Abigail Harris

  15. What a lovely interview! A great way to look into a character. I'd always lean towards following the heart - if possible.

  16. So fun! I can’t wait to read this