Eleanor Petersen’s life shatters when her mother falls on the ice outside her Wisconsin farmhouse. In the process of settling her mother’s estate and sorting loose ends, Eleanor discovers the joy her mother brought to her little town. Despite her spiritual doubts, Eleanor forms an instant bond with a widowed Lutheran pastor. And she uncovers a secret that upends her view of her parents … and of herself.
Hope, an ex-Marine fitness instructor, is recently married to a small town minister. Usually self-reliant and self assured, she finds adjusting to the role of first Lady of her husband’s church more daunting than expected. A disastrous camping trip with the church youth leads to even more challenges when a couple of dangerous drug dealers mistakenly think Hope has stolen from them.. adding to her troubles, a wayward teen turns to Hope for rescue from her sad life in the foster care system. Will Hope be able to lean on God and her church family or will she continue to rely on her own strength?
Targeted Age Group:: adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The character of Hope first appeared in my book, "Mrs. Thistlethwaite and the Magpie" in a minor role. When she later married the pastor of a church in small town Bannoch, Oregon, where my my First Ladies Club series is set, it seemed natural to focus the next book in the series around Hope.
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With over 500 reviews on Amazon, A Mother’s Choice is a fast-paced, uplifting, emotional read, full of family drama, love, hope, and forgiveness.
For thirty years, Nadine Kingsley has kept a heart-wrenching secret. When a letter arrives threatening to reveal the truth that could destroy her tight-knit family, Nadine embarks on a difficult journey to explain her painful decision, especially to her youngest daughter, Autumn.
Meanwhile, Autumn Anderson, Speech Pathologist and mother of two, is struggling in her marriage. The discovery of a troubling letter addressed to her mother disrupts her already complicated life, leading Autumn to question what she’s always believed.
When the unthinkable happens, Autumn digs deeper into her family’s past and unravels a tangled web of lies and deception surrounding her own birth. Meeting the one person her mother entrusted with her secret brings Autumn face-to-face with an unexpected and shocking revelation.
Living one-half block from a state hospital for the mentally ill during 1946 Post-World War II, keeps Janie Webster busy investigating nearly everyone. From runaway inmates to recovering patients, ten year old Janie is intent on rescuing them as well as, others in her life. Sometimes events don’t work in her favor. Janie’s physically abused friend, Eddie struggles with multiple losses and Janie’s attempt to help fails.
Janie’s parent’s marriage is clearly disintegrating. Her father cannot find work due to his avoidance of the military during the ward. Additionally, while Janie’s parents disagree on the existence of God, Janie is torn between both. Her manic-depressive neighbor works hard to convince Janie that there is a one and only path to Heaven. When his wife disappears, Janie believes the husband is innocent of wrong doing and tries to intervene.
While things seem to be falling apart in Janie’s world, things improve in her friend Eddie’s. Steve, the church janitor, offers Eddie the opportunity to compete in a Soap Box Derby. Shy, physically abused, and socially awkward Eddie begins to blossom in his excitement of building his own derby car and working with Steve. Eddie shines in the competition but disappears the following day. Janie is obsessed with searching for him. She is certain her playmate did not run away, as his foster parents insist but has met with some type of tragedy. As the police investigate, Janie becomes more and more aware of police partiality as they label Eddie a troubled runaway. She comes to believe that the police see Eddie as a poor kid in foster care and it is convenient to dismiss his vanishing. She is determined to find him.
Without permission Janie visits the vacant house of her recently deceased piano teacher in search of some answers about life. She sneaks in intent on finding her teacher’s ghost only to secretly stumble into another life lesson. While crouching in the darkened stairwell, Janie inadvertently overhears an adolescent student (older sister of a classmate) in a sexual liaison. Moments later Janie overhears the cruel abandonment of the same student by the intimate partner. This event occurs as Janie is beginning to confront her own body’s sexual development.
Janie regularly visits Emily a mental institution resident. Emily’s mental health improves whereby she is now able to walk outside the hospital and obtain part-time work. During this time Janie meets some local migrants and observes their culture. It is this experience that allows Janie to more fully understand social prejudice and the meaning of class status. Janie’s exposure to “isms” like the country club sign “Gentiles Only”, the term “wetback”, and anti-Catholic sentiment further Janie’s growing maturity and greater self-confidence. In this budding personal resolve, along with another local disappearance, that brings Janie to personally confront the police.
Janie Webster learns to rely on herself and her own strength. Incomplete Diary of Good and Evil examines her journey into adulthood.
Told from multiple perspectives, this is a powerful story of three women – of the threads of mercy that connect them – and of heart-wrenching sorrows alchemized by the Heavenly Father’s overwhelming redeeming grace.
Rhode Island – 1934
Grace Picoletti has nothing going for her – but she’s determined to succeed in life, nonetheless. Born to severe destitution, she claws her way up from the pit of family shame and secrets. She avoids close friendships – even with the likable, persistent Paulie Giorgi…
Despite her own agonizing emotional pain, childless Emmeline Kinner reaches out to a young woman so far beneath her. She could never have known whom else God would set in her path through her friendship with Grace…
Long ago, Sarah Picoletti resigned herself to a loveless, abusive life – and she believes that her daughter Grace must inherit the same fate. Yet Sarah’s own soul cries out for the blessed peace and hope of which the radio minister speaks…
Targeted Age Group: 15+