Feature Fiction Friday – Rebekah Lee Jenkins

Rebekah Jenkins

My friend Rebekah, a debut author, is here today to tell us about her five favorite books:

Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maude Montgomery. All the Anne books really but this one in particular. I loved watching Rilla go from a silly teen to a woman. I loved the sweet romance with Ken Ford. I loved Susan, she really is like every woman in small communities who just work hard and their lives were simple at that time but honest and true. Lovely book.

Sewing Seeds in Danny by suffragette Nelly Mc Clung. She is well known in Manitoba. She spoke at the opera house in Souris in the early 1900’s. I loved her message to women. She demanded equal rights and married a man that supported that. She lent some inspiration for my book ‘the night they came for Til’

Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy. I love Maeve. Again, she writes about small towns in Ireland. Hmm until I did this interview I didn’t realize just how much small towns were a feature in every book I love!

The Help by Katheryn Stoker. Women overcoming obstacles to succeed, not allowing circumstances to define them… Yes. Definitely a theme is emerging in my favorite novels!
Small towns, strong women. Maybe that should be my catch phrase!

Divine secrets of the Ya Ya sisterhood by Rebecca wells. I love how women need women and the relationships you have as children really sustains you through life I read that book in a day, laying in a hammock eating fuzzy peaches and drinking champagne. I cried my eyes out because we had just moved and I missed my tribe of girls. That book really pointed out what I did not have so that when I got it back I did not take it for granted. No social media then so I felt like an outcast… Anyway. We moved back and my girl tribe is all around me and we are in each other’s life constantly. They are raising babies and I am writing books and we just love each other. You just so need that.

Last but not least. Fanny Flagg. Everything by her. EVERYTHING. I loved fried green tomatoes. Oh I loved that book. So beautiful. And the recipes in the back inspired me to do that in one of mine. I couldn’t get it all together for this book but I totally will. I love how she writes everyday life. Such a great writer. Love her books.

I really hope the Night they Came for Til is a blend of all those books in some way or another! I hope that isn’t an insult to these amazing writers.

​Thanks Bec, now please, tell us about your new book:

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“The night they came for Til, they took me too.”

In the tenements of London England, 1904 is a dangerous time to be suffragettes on crusade.

Shannon’s aunt Matilda “Til” Stone, gynecologist, suffragette, and all around tyrant, believes women should have the right to birth control and self determination. After ten years spent at Til’s side, Shannon has trained as a midwife to be her right hand.

“It’s not enough to be on the front line of this battle, Shannon; you must hold the line and advance it forward,” Til reminded Shannon at every opportunity.

After a brutal attack that was meant to destroy their work, Shannon is shipped off to Canada to avoid the scandal around Til’s arrest.

In Oakland Manitoba, Shannon lands in a women’s rights battle that shakes the community and threatens the new hospital.

Busy working as a midwife, Shannon helps the women of the community find their voice while she finds her own.

Faced with a choice to live a normal life as a wife and mother or go back to England and crusade with her aunt, this book explores her choices and how they affect an entire community.

The Night They Came for Til is a historical fiction novel based on true events.

Here’s an excerpt:

I woke up on a ship sailing west with a note from Malcolm, money, clothes, and my doctor’s bag. That was it. The list of what I didn’t have was longer. My eyes slid shut as I tried to block out the thought.
A week and a half at sea and I still couldn’t bring myself to open the note. I was afraid of what it said. My hands shook with terror thinking that Til may be dead. There was no way to manage that thought. The fragile grip holding my sanity would slip; I would be lost.
***
“Don’t forget we have sisters in this fight, sitting in jail cells, doing hunger strikes, demanding to be treated as equals. If one of us compromises, it hurts the whole crusade. You cannot just be on the front line. You have to hold the line. Hold it and while you’re doing that, figure out a way to advance it forward. There is no stepping back.”Til instructed me.
“The ability to give women a choice to be pregnant or not. They will shake their heads and say this was oppression. Women giving birth to fifteen children, not to mention countless miscarriages. Ridiculous when we have the means to stop it. Contraception is available to rich men and by extension to rich women, but not to the poor? This work has to continue.”
“You have some big enemies, Til.” I heard the fear in my voice, and so did she.
“Listen to me, Shannon. Listen carefully. If you have learned nothing else from me, I want you to learn this. Know this,” she demanded as she leaned forward to make sure I was listening. “If you do the right thing, you will have enemies.”

The Night They Came for Til is available from Amazon and is free with Kindle Unlimited. Try it out today 🙂 I really loved reading it!

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