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“The plot has its twists and turns to keep readers intrigued…to the very end. A great comfort read that will soothe the spirit with renewed hope and faith.” Readers’ Favorite five-star review
A HISTORICAL NOVEL OF FINDING HEALING AND A SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE
In the early 1900s, quiet and reserved Molly Lund finds refuge from her past at the Nelsons’ farm in Minnesota. In an attempt to turn a new page in her life, Molly works at making peace with her losses and coming to terms with the disfiguring burns on her face.
Samuel Woodson, the Nelsons’ hired hand, carries his own cares. Split from his family and bearing a burden of misplaced guilt for an act that haunts him, Samuel–seeing past Molly’s scars–draws her out of her self-protective shell.
Molly and Samuel form a friendship, but just as their hearts lead them deeper, an unexpected guest comes calling, demanding what’s his.
Will Molly and Samuel find a way to be together or will they be separated, due to impediments beyond their control? Can they trust in God’s plan and travel a path that heals the hurts of the past?
Readers of historical fiction, Christian historical fiction, and Christian historical romance will delight in this beautifully wrought story of the healing power of love.
“A heartwarming story of healing from external and internal scars. Through some of life’s harder lessons the characters learn to trust, forgive, and find second chances out of the ashes of pain and loss.”
Anne Perreault, author of eighteen inspirational novels, including the Yellowstone series
Grief, trauma from burns, accidental death, time in an insane asylum
My hate can kill a man. And it has.
To look at me, you wouldn’t think it. You couldn’t tell that a brief fire as evil as hell burned within me, eating me up until I was nothing more than a plan of destruction with legs. I’m nothing: tall, slim, and dull. I’m just a skinny reject who’s lost everything, but it’s my own fault and perhaps, partially, Mother’s, fool that she was.
I can’t even write his name—her man, that wolf in sheep’s clothing. It regurgitates in my gullet like acid, causing my chest to burn with the weight of it. There’s that word again—burn.
Strange that Mrs. Lund seemed so affected by the word too. When Mrs. Nelson, Mabel—I have to get used to calling her that—bandaged Mrs. Lund’s burn on her hand before supper, she spoke the word. At the time it didn’t hit me as odd how Mrs. Lund cringed and went pale.
Mrs. Lund hides about as much as I do from others. I recognize a secret keeper when I see one. I wonder what secret lurks in her heart. I can’t imagine it’s something as sinister as mine. Her face tells me that she has endured pain. Both the physical evidence of scars and an inner grief—I can only imagine—highlight her features. I see loss in her. But what has she lost? Has she lost as much as me? Perhaps more.
It’s time to put my thoughts to rest, so I’ll lay down my pen. Tomorrow comes, and along with the new day, work waits to be done. I don’t mind. Working hard helps me forget.
I dread the night when visions of Mother and that man cloud my mind in a mixed-up order. Falling asleep every night dips me into the depths of regret, remorse, and restitution. I relive that fateful day all over again. How many days must pass before I can lay my head down in peace? To be truthful, I’m not even sure that’s possible anymore.
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Jenny lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Ken, and their pet Yorkie, Ruby. She is also a mom and loves being a grandma. She enjoys many creative pursuits but finds writing the most fulfilling.
Spending many years as a librarian in a local public library, Jenny recently switched to using her skills as a floral designer in a retail flower shop. She is now retired from work due to disability. Her education background stems from psychology, music, and cultural missions.
All of Jenny’s books have earned five-star reviews from Readers’ Favorite, a book review and award contest company. She holds membership in the: Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, Wisconsin Writers Association, Christian Indie Publishing Association, and Independent Book Publishers Association.
Jenny’s favorite place to relax is by the western shore of Lake Superior, where her novel series, By The Light of the Moon, is set.
She deems a cup of tea and a good book an essential part of every day. When not writing, Jenny can be found reading, tending to her many houseplants, or piecing quilt blocks at her sewing machine.
Her new historical fiction, four-part series entitled, Sheltering Trees, is set in the area Jenny grew up in, where she currently lives, and places along Minnesota’s Northern Shore, where she loves to visit. She is currently writing a four-part novella series entitled: Botanical Seasons and a three-part fantasy series entitled: Retold Fairy Tales.