Amber Can’t Ignore the Choices She Must Make
Amber McLean is anything but reckless. She’s driven to excel in her career, be a dutiful daughter and sensible big sister, and she likes to have control of her life. Then, she meets Kelly Jorgenson, the young pastor at Cottonwood Creek, and they fall in love. Amber’s heart calls her to risk a new life with Kelly, but will her logic let her?
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Join Me in Opening the Door to the Dark Closet
A young girl’s world is shattered, her family shamed and scattered in this coming-of-age story. Webster County, Iowa, 1899. Bessie Kloubec wants to be seen as more grown-up. After all, she’s turning eleven. However, she’s not prepared for the calamity that begins in the predawn hours of her birthday. Calamity that unravels her formerly happy family and indeed forces her into an adult role.
For the next year, Bessie navigates through a series of family disasters caused by her father’s pain-induced alcoholism. Bewildered but brave, she struggles with her own fear and anger while trying to fix her broken family. But can she?
In 1904, Bessie is almost sixteen when the family moves to LaMoure County, North Dakota. Their secrets left behind in Iowa, they are welcomed into the community. However, when a new family scandal breaks out, Bessie’s old fear and anger grips her again. Where can she find the healing needed so her heart can move forward?
Based on a true story and told in first-person, Bessie’s dilemma is as relevant today as it was over one hundred years ago.
Come and Spend Some Time at Cottonwood Creek!
The fictional community of Cottonwood Creek is the setting for “By the Banks of Cottonwood Creek.” The story takes place in 2001 in north-central North Dakota. Kelly Jorgenson is the new young pastor in the rural community. Kelly wants to escape southern California and his memories following his twin brother’s tragic death as a teenager. He envisions a peaceful life on the prairie.
Readers will recognize the fields of sunflowers, the Peace Gardens, and the fun of swimming or fishing in a creek. Country churches like Cottonwood Church still dot the land, their steeples pointing skyward like prairie lighthouses.
Kelly is soon involved in the daily problems of the residents of Cottonwood Creek, including eccentric Kate Schulte and hostile Linda Jackson. His now long-distance relationship with his brother’s former girlfriend, Briana Davis, suffers. Meanwhile, he’s attracted to a mysterious woman he meets as she plays piano in the empty church. When the September 11 terrorist attacks trigger flashbacks of his brother’s death, Kelly’s faith is tested and he realizes he must help his parents who also struggle with grief.
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