Brenda Meister’s New Historical Romance Tackles Class Struggles

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New novel ‘Heart & Soul’ takes readers to 19th century South Carolina

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Class values are still prevalent today and still pose similar challenges.

In her new historical romance novel “Heart & Soul” (published by Trafford Publishing), author Brenda Meister has crafted the compelling story of a couple who loses to, and then overcomes, the pressures and prejudices of society to be together.

The year is 1841. Lara MacKenzie Kendrick, the niece of a whorehouse madam, returns to Charleston to claim her inheritance. Before she can do that, though, she has to deal with the executor of her aunt’s estate—Kyle Garrett Harrison, her ex-fiancé who, years earlier, issued the ultimatum that forced her to choose her family over his love.

Both characters are strong-willed and sharp-tongued, and the intense action and conflict between the two provide the clear draw to the novel. “Although they each have their faults,” Meister says, “these are characters the reader will be able to relate to and will cheer on.”

Heart & Soul” highlights social prejudices and the way perceptions and beliefs can better or damage lives. “Although society’s values have changed,” the author notes, “class values are still prevalent today and still pose similar challenges.”

“Heart & Soul”
By Brenda Meister
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 292 pages | ISBN 9781426902321
E-Book | 292 pages | ISBN 9781426902345
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Brenda Meister was born into a Chinese immigrant family and raised in British Columbia. She left to earn a degree at the University of British Columbia. Her studies in economics landed her a position in the life insurance industry. Having worked in customer service, later in information systems, and more recently in administration, she enjoys the pleasures and challenges of overseeing a policy services unit for one of Canada`s largest insurance companies.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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