Meet author Danielle Grandinetti

Danielle Grandinetti is an inspirational romance author fueled by tea and books, and the occasional nature walk. An award-winning author and FHLCW Reader’s Choice Finalist, her stories span from the Great Depression to present day. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she now lives along Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin shoreline with her husband and their two young sons. Find her online at

Tell us about your newest book, Relying on the Enemy.

She’s protecting her children. He’s redeeming his past. But there’s nothing convenient about saving their patchwork family.

Wisconsin, 1931—All widowed mother Marian Ward wants is to provide for her girls. However, she faces the dead of winter with no income and dwindling resources. Then she overhears a nefarious conversation, putting her life and that of her children in immediate danger. Aiming to make amends to the Wards, Gilbert steps in when the threat to Marian escalates. It costs him dearly. Either lose his career or marry her, and be tied to his past until death do them part.

He leaves the decision to Marian, who will do anything to protect her girls, even marry the son of the man who ruined her family. How will their fledgling trust prove strong enough to fulfill their vows as winter tightens its grip and desperation stalks at the door?

What inspired you to write Relying on the Enemy?

I’ve always wanted to write a marriage of convenience since it’s my favorite trope to read. And Marian’s situation provided the perfect opportunity!

How would you describe this book to someone in a 30-second blurb?

This is a marriage of convenience with a twist of Anne of Green Gables.

What genre do you focus on?

I love weaving mystery and suspense into my historical romance, and setting it against the Great Depression adds a perfect layer of desperation that puts my characters into difficult circumstances.

Why do you write?

I write because it is a way I connect with God.

Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?

Marian Ward. Her name fit as a hard-working mother.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

As a mom of younger children, I write in small spurts throughout the day.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part is finding new readers and convincing them to take a chance on a new-to-them author.

What’s the best part of your author’s life?

My readers. They are such an encouragement to me!

What’s one unusual fact about you?

While everyone talks about Mr. Darcy … Gilbert Blythe is where it’s at.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

The more I write, the more grateful I am to have the opportunity to tell stories.

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Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

I do! Relying on the Enemy is book four in the Harbored in Crow’s Nest series. While each book can be read as a stand-alone (each book has its own romance), there are spoilers in Relying on the Enemy for the other books, especially Refuge for the Archaeologist.

What are you working on now?

The grand finale of the Harbored in Crow’s Nest series: book six, Investigation of a Journalist.


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