This past weekend I had the privilege of taking part in a Meet the Author Event. The event took place in a beautiful historical mansion where I was designated a room to greet visitors. What a joy it was to interact with readers and answer questions about my novels.
One of my favorite aspects to share about is the spiritual elements I weave into my stories. Each novel contains a theme verse that the storyline is threaded around. I love writing about true-to-life characters that grow and change as they encounter various circumstances.
It’s been a while since I’ve shared insights from my novels, so I thought I would take one week a month to convey the message woven into my stories. Whether you’ve read my novels or not, I hope you’ll enjoy this glimpse inside the lives of my characters.
Book One in my Prairie Sky Series, Under This Same Sky, released in 2017. It is a coming of age story set on the Illinois prairie in the mid 1800’s. Becky Hollister is a young girl content to live on the family farm with the hope of one day marrying and living out her days on the prairie. But when tragedy strikes her family, her faith and her hopes of the future are dramatically shaken.
Rather than cling to God in her time of need, a root of bitterness springs up within her, driving a wedge between her and the Lord. When she is uprooted from her prairie home to accompany her blinded father to a school for the blind in St. Louis, her heart and soul are scarred and bruised.
FINDING RENEWED PURPOSE
Balm for her spirit comes from unexpected places as she befriends a blind boy who has endured much, and yet retained his faith in God. As she interacts with other blind students, she finds purpose and renewed hope.
Corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor from home doesn’t hurt either. As Becky releases her bitterness toward God and accepts the pain along with the unexpected blessings, her heart opens to love, as well as God’s plan for her life.
BLURB ~ UNDER THIS SAME SKY
Illinois ~ 1854
Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents’ farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she’s ever known and the man she’s begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis. Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky finds solace in corresponding with the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future.
Matthew Brody didn’t intend on falling for Becky, but the unexpected relationship, along with the Lord’s gentle nudging, incite him to give up his circuit riding and seek full-time ministry in the town of Miller Creek, with the hope of one day making Becky his bride. But when his old sweetheart comes to town, intent on winning him back—with the entire town pulling for her—Matthew must choose between doing what’s expected and what his heart tells him is right.
Stories of faith and resilience on the Midwest prairie & the Civil War Era
Inspirational Historical Romance