The New Hope Series…

…continues with Book 3, Through Seasons of Fire, out on Amazon at last! For me, New Hope, Nebraska, is turning into a midwestern Brigadoon, of sorts. Not that it wakes up every hundred years, but there seems to be a touch of magic about the place. Kindness and acceptance, courage and good humor, light after darkness, joy after grief, safety, healing, and hope for the future – that kind of magic. One of the characters in Through Seasons of Fire says of New Hope, “It’s a place that lets a woman alone so she can find herself.” So that kind of place and that kind of magic. It’s a well-named town, and I hope you enjoy your visit.

Book 1 of this series is What We Carry With Us, a story with “…a lot of mystery, a realistic Western flavor, some romance and some very fine writing.” (Beacon Journal, 1/14/18) The Irish playwright Oscar Wilde wrote that “memory is the diary we all carry about with us.” That’s true, I think, sometimes for our good and sometimes not, a fact young widow Ruth Churchill – New Hope’s favorite (and only) barber – understands well.

The second book of the series titled Surprised by Shadows – the title taken from German poet Johann von Goethe: “There is strong shadow where there is much light” – weaves its tale around a minor character from the first book: Sheba Fenway, independent business woman and dedicated artist.

All three books are set in America’s heartland in the late 19th century. New Hope, Nebraska, has it all: Mystery. Adventure. Danger. Community. Love. Loss. … More than enough for an entertaining and satisfying read.

My Laramie Series of six books stretches in time from 1880 to 1919. In the series, peripheral characters in one story take center stage in another, yet each of the novels stands alone very nicely. Start with any of the books and you’ll enjoy a perfectly good read. The six in order are:

  1. Lily’s Sister (also available on audio)
  2. Waiting for Hope (also available on audio)
  3. Where Home Is (also available on audio)
  4. Circled Heart
  5. Gold Mountain
  6. Smiling at Heaven

The Dangerous Thaw of Etta Capstone is a stand-alone novel set in  19th-century west Texas. Etta Capstone has lessons to teach – lessons to learn, too. Spend some time in Compassion, Texas, and you’ll understand.

Magnificent Farewell is another stand-alone novel that commemorates World War I from an American woman’s perspective. Book club discussion topics are posted on my website because Magnificent Farewell lends itself to thoughtful conversation. One male reader liked it but admitted it wasn’t a “Disney princess” kind of story. He’s right on target.

Anyone who wants to read something fun with a touch of heartfelt romance and an abundance of  happy endings will enjoy the Penwarrens, a trio of shorter, light-hearted Victorian romances titled Claire, After All – Listening to Abby – and Jubilee Rose.

Under the ‘Karen’s Books’ tab, you’ll find all my books, some with excerpts. They’re all available in paperback on Amazon.com and at BarnesandNoble.com, and also as ebooks in the Kindle store. You can find the first three books of The Laramie Series on Audible.com, as well.

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