So begins the tangled tale based on the life of Cassie Hendrick Stearns Simpson, who crossed the Oregon coastal tidewaters in 1899 to begin her life beside the prosperous entrepreneur Lewis Simpson on Oregon’s wild and rugged coast.
Cassie seems to have it all: an adoring husband, a loving sister, a daughter, and social position. She inspired a luscious four-acre garden that today is an Oregon state park. She had wealth to buy anything her heart desired, but fluttering beneath the surface of her seemingly charmed life were self-doubt, fear, and the pain of living with the consequences of poor choices.
All robbed her heart of peace, and left her empty and still longing for something more. Others attempted to lead her toward decisions that would bring her peace, but as with each of us, only Cassie could make the choices that would truly change her life.
“…Drawing upon extensive research, including interviews with descendants, Kirkpatrick weaves a tale of a beautiful and dynamic woman who left a mark on everyone who knew her…To fully appreciate Kirkpatrick’s research and interest in the lives of her subjects, read her ‘Acknowledgements and Author’s note” prior to beginning this entertaining and informative novel.” —Critics corner, Presbyterian Magazine
“Jane Kirkpatrick takes readers on a journey so real that they’ll forget they’re reading a book. It is the perfect blend of historical intrigue, spiritual insight and literary ambiance.” —Eugene Register-Guard
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