A rambling white house. An unopened letter. A young woman in need of a miracle.

Halstad House offers more than lodgings and a good meal to boarders. In the aftermath of World War I, the boarding house gives Grace Halstad a way to drown her heartache in never-ending work. Seeds of bitterness have grown in her heart, but as much as she tries to shut Him out, the Lord is not giving up on her.

Torn between the past and the future, in the wake of shattered dreams, can Grace risk opening her heart again?

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While I knew I loved the story from the first pages, I didn't realize how much until I still found myself thinking of it days after I'd finished. Martenson has created timeless characters who steal into your heart and make it their home. Definitely made my top books of 2019 list.

Chautona Havig, author

Christy Martenson
2019-10-10T10:21:52-07:00

Chautona Havig, author

Martenson has created timeless characters who steal into your heart and make it their home.
Christy has a unique voice and a true storyteller's gift. She brings the characters to life so well you really feel like they are real people that you have gotten to know.

I was left with a sweet melancholy satisfaction after reading Halstad House and think of Grace's story often during the day. Definitely worth the read!

Brenda Gates, author

Christy Martenson
2019-11-26T10:39:46-08:00

Brenda Gates, author

Christy has a unique voice and a true storyteller's gift.
An enjoyable, easy-to-read book, yet it deals with thought-provoking challenges. I loved seeing the characters grow in their faith and the encouragement it gave to my own. I enjoyed this sweet, uplifting story.

Celeste Engell, avid reader

Christy Martenson
2019-10-21T20:59:20-07:00

Celeste Engell, avid reader

I loved seeing the characters grow in their faith and the encouragement it gave to my own.
I can't remember the last time a book caught and captured my soul! Through a delightful cast of characters who quickly became friends and a sweet, gentle grace that speaks of the love of the Father, Christy Martenson has woven an intricate journey of the heart into a story you won't soon forget. Pull up a chair and a cozy mug, and be prepared to laugh and cry your way from beginning to end.

Rachelle Rea Cobb, historical fiction author and editor

Christy Martenson
2019-09-10T19:24:33-07:00

Rachelle Rea Cobb, historical fiction author and editor

Christy Martenson has woven an intricate journey of the heart into a story you won't soon forget.
Christy Martenson’s second book is a good choice for anyone who enjoys an easy-read journey through character growth and development. The story line unfolds at a gentle pace, with rich substance. Grace and Allie’s humor, courage, and walk of faith will endear them to you as they discover hope and joy on the other side of tragedy.

Kristen Oliver

Christy Martenson
2019-10-18T16:36:01-07:00

Kristen Oliver

Grace and Allie’s humor, courage, and walk of faith will endear them to you as they discover hope and joy on the other side of tragedy.  
Halstad House is a sweet postwar story about a woman, her young daughter, and their life as they run their home as a boarding house. The relationships are fun to read about and the whole book has this sweet feel that's reminiscent of books from another era.

Christy Martenson
2019-10-17T09:15:57-07:00
The whole book has this sweet feel that's reminiscent of books from another era.
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It’s the 1920s in Washington and the Great War has left Grace Halstad struggling to piece together the brokenness of her shattered dreams. Halstad House follows Grace as she works tirelessly to create a home for her spirited daughter Allie while running a boarding house on her own. Not only must she face off against ornery “biddies,” a slimy cousin, and a cantankerous rooster, Grace has to conquer demons of her own in order to maintain hope. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you enjoy Janette Oke – central female protagonist, inspirational fiction, gentle love stories – you will really connect with @christymartenson second novel! Thanks for letting me read it early, Christy! #halstadhouse

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I’ve been making a lot of visits to a place called Halstad House lately. I’d peek in through lace curtains fluttering at the windows to see gleaming wooden floors and a cookstove fresh with blacking. The kitchen smelled of apples and cinnamon. Steaming cups of tea sat on the table between Grace and her sister Esther who were laughing at some shared secret. I could almost taste the scrumptious-looking cinnamon rolls as Grace pulled them from the oven. Then the scene would change, and I’d watch Allie play with the cat named Geoffrey Chaucer and the dog named Uffda. Oh, the time she had with the ornery rooster named Fred (or Stew Meat, depending on who you ask)! Laughter followed everywhere Allie went. But it was Grace that touched my heart the most. Her insecurities. Her struggles. I saw myself in Grace. And as I immersed myself in her story, I learned right along with her. My friend Christy Martenson’s historical Christian fiction novel releases today. I think it’s time for another visit to Halstad House…

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