Hello, I’m Christy.

I always kind of wondered if there wasn’t something wrong with me. Even as a kid, while everyone else seemed to have their feet securely planted on terra firma, I saw stories everywhere. And, of course, I was right smack dab in the middle of them. 

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The Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus sprang into being and kind of surprised me. Out of nowhere, the story line of a feisty young woman traveling to Washington Territory in the 1870s popped into my mind.

I’ve always held a fascination for life in the 1800s, particularly in the west.  I loved to read about the experiences of people who lived then. Granted, everyday life didn’t have the conveniences we have now.  Can you imagine laundry day on the farm?  Washing clothes, bedding, towels, etc. using a washtub and scrub board?  It took fortitude.

But beyond the many physical challenges, there was also the simplicity of family pulling together—being together.  Mamas wiping runny noses.  Dads giving piggyback rides.  Tiny hands learning to cut out gingerbread men.  Lullabies.  Bedtime prayers.

In The Christmas Cactus, I wanted to portray those aspects of life in 1873. Challenges, yes.  Triumphs, laughter, and tears, certainly.  But most of all, when all is said and done, I wanted to portray the making of a family.

available autumn 2021 in hardcover, paperback, and kindle
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Move over mail-order brides, Christy Martenson has you beat with this delightful "God-ordered" bride story.

Christy Martenson created a world of love and joy, introducing her readers to characters who become friends and crafting a storyline that was beautifully full of family, strength, and perseverance.

Jenni Marie, photographer and storyteller

A strong heroine with a real faith, putting the needs of her siblings ahead of her own desires.  And in doing so, grows stronger and finds hope for real happiness.  Rare and beautiful . . .

Joan Thompson

What a charming story in the style of Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series! This story gripped my attention and wouldn’t let me go. Christy’s best novel yet!

Rachelle Rea Cobb, historical fiction author and editor

I hope you'll check out this light-hearted, true-to-life tale of integrity and patient love. Editing it was a breath of fresh air!

Halstad House

It all started with a name.

While visiting friends, we sat down to watch a movie about Norwegian resistance during World War II. I was caught up in the story but when the credits rolled, the name Halstad piqued my interest. Then, for some unknown reason, the word “house” popped into my mind and I linked the two together.

A completely different story began to take shape. A boarding house? Yes. Over the next few days the setting, plot, and characters unfolded. Grace, Soren, Allie, Ethan, and all the others.

It all started with one name from a random movie. Just one name and Halstad House was born.

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Praise for Halstad House

Halstad House is a comfortable read that you don’t really want to end. The characters draw you into their own stories and make you root for the desired outcome. Some important take-aways: finding love doesn’t guarantee a sorrow-free life, true love is best achieved with a solid foundation of friendship, and love is most meaningful when expressed in both word and deed.

Sara L.

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2019-10-18T11:13:40-07:00

Sara L.

The characters draw you into their own stories and make you root for the desired outcome.
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Love, Mary Elisabeth by Christy Martenson

Love, Mary Elisabeth

Mischievous kids. Nosy cows. Pig-headed horses. I was convinced my father grew up on a funny farm. Stories of his childhood peppered my youth – transporting me back to life in the boonies in the early part of the 20th century.

The tales became legend and I determined to save them. I began to write. And came up with a rambling list of events. Boring. All of a sudden an eleven-year-old girl popped into my mind, waving at me frantically. She could move to the farm. She could live out those stories first-hand. She could have her very own book.

I grabbed the idea and ran with it. Love, Mary Elisabeth was born.

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Praise for Love, Mary Elisabeth

Love, Mary Elisabeth is a riveting account of a young girl coming of age and learning love really does hold a family together. From its tender beginning to the heartfelt climax, the author engages her readers with wit, charm, and endurance.

Carmen Peone, award-winning author

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2017-08-16T02:18:15-07:00

Carmen Peone, award-winning author

Love, Mary Elisabeth is a riveting account of a young girl coming of age and learning love really does hold a family together. From its tender beginning to the heartfelt climax, the author engages her readers with wit, charm, and endurance.
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