Monday, April 13, 2020

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Merchant's Yield by Lorri Dudley

About the Book

Book:  The Merchant’s Yield
Author: Lorri Dudley
Genre:  Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2020

It was a marriage of inconvenience, but life has a wicked sense of humor.

Charlotte Amelia Etheridge has cowered to her mother’s sharp tongue and endless demands for the last time. In a fleeting moment of rebellion, she recklessly asks a foreigner from the Leeward Islands for a dance. But her one courageous act lands her in a compromising position. Forced to wed a stranger, Lottie leaves the only home she’s ever known to reside on the isle of St. Kitts.

Nathaniel Winthrop’s troubles are mounting, and the rumors of him being cursed are spreading. Due to the dwindling sugar crop, he risks everything to start his own shipping company. The last thing he needs is a wife, especially one with a weak constitution. Yellow fever has already claimed the lives of his mother and siblings. He must guard his heart against falling in love with this gentle beauty, knowing island life will be a death sentence.

No longer under her mother’s scrutiny, the newfound freedom of the island rejuvenates Lottie’s spirit. If her days on this earth are limited, then it’s time she lives life to the full. Now it’s up to her to prove that even though Nathan was coerced into marrying her, she’s the one he can’t live without.

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About the Author

Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Find her online at

More from Lorri

The Merchant’s Yield is the second book in the Leeward Island series. The idea for my heroine, Lottie Etheridge, stemmed from a writing prompt—Pretend you are a relative from your past. My family has often speculated where the bright red hair that pops up every other generation (my dad, my cousin, and my niece) originated, since my grandfather was adopted. My opening hook at one time was Lottie’s mother stating, “Red hair is for opera singers and ballet dancers. You should have powdered your hair.”
In my research about the island of St. Kitts, I came across a French-American pirate named Jean Lafitte, educated at the military academy on St. Kitts. The concept of my hero, Nathaniel Winthrop, a merchant who could have schooled with a pirate, set my creative juices flowing, especially after reading about Lafitte’s outlandish and quirky behavior. I couldn’t resist interlacing the lives of my main characters with the daring pirate.
I enjoyed writing Lottie’s struggle between pacifying others, yet trying to stay true to how God made her. Also, I can relate to her attempts at rebellion backfiring, for I too could never get away with anything. Lottie’s soft heart contrasts nicely with the guarded hero, Nathan, as she peels back each painful layer of his thick façade to reveal the devoted and ardent love he holds beneath.
To learn more, check out my website at or watch The Merchant’s Yield’s book trailer:

Blog Stops

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Remembrancy, April 9

Emily Yager, April 11

Hallie Reads, April 13

Pause for Tales, April 14

Vicky Sluiter, April 14


To celebrate her tour, Lorri is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My Review

The Merchant's Yield is book two from Lorri Dudley’s series, The Leeward Islands. I had the pleasure of reading and enjoying the first book, The Duke's Refuge, and this one does not disappoint. Readers are introduced to Charlotte Amelia Etheridge, also known as, Lottie. She is desperate to be free from her mother and marries a stranger. I admired her determination, bravery and courage. The story is full of adventure, action, and romance. There were a few twists that I did not expect to happen. What I thought to be “let me read just one chapter” moment, turned into a few hours later turning the last page.

I am giving The Merchant’s Yield five plus stars. I can not wait to read the next installment from The Leeward Islands series, The Sugar Baron's Ring, to see what happens next. I believe readers who enjoy clean historical romance will enjoy this one.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.


  1. this is such a pretty cover. I can feel the thoughts as she is watching the ship. I would love to read this book. It sounds like Lotti comes into her own as a woman with a gentle heart and a woman of God.

  2. This book sounds like a really good read.

  3. Beautiful cover. I liked the synopsis. It sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Beautiful cover! I enjoy historical fiction. Ms. Dudley is a new-to-me author. Thank you for hosting.

  5. I appreciate getting to read about your book. With sisters and daughters who love to read, this helps so thank you.