Mollie Sheehan has spent much of her life striving to be a dutiful daughter and honor her father's wishes, even when doing so has led to one heartbreak after another. After all, what options does she truly have in 1860s Montana? But providing for her stepfamily during her father's long absences doesn't keep her from wishing for more. When romance blooms between her and Peter Ronan, Mollie finally allows herself to hope for a brighter future--until her father voices his disapproval of the match and moves her to California to ensure the breakup. Still, time and providence are at work, even when circumstances are at their bleakest. Mollie may soon find that someone far greater than her father is in control of the course of her life--and that even the command to "honor thy father" has its limits. New from New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick, Beneath the Bending Skies is a sweeping story of hospitality, destiny, and the bonds of family. Reviews: “Readers will enjoy the sweeping landscapes, complex father-daughter relationship, and the unassuming power and relevancy of this wonderfully multilayered novel.” — Booklist "Kirkpatrick tells the story of real-life woman of the frontier Mary “Mollie” Sheehan in this pleasant fictionalized account of her life. ...her travels across the Western U.S. offer an enjoyable look at hardscrabble life on the frontier. Inspirational historical fans will find plenty to delight in." — Publishers Weekly "This book will interest anyone who loves a true story, historical novels, forbidden romance, and SPOILER…a happy ending.” — Interviews and Reviews (Read the full review here.) Endorsements: "Mary Sheehan Ronan is the kind of gal I want in my corner. And Jane Kirkpatrick did a stellar job of bringing her back from the grave and onto the pages of Beneath the Bending Skies. It takes a woman of courage to stand up to a manipulative father and marry the man she was clearly meant to be with. As the wife of the 'White Chief,' Mary's ministry to the Salish Kootenai Natives and friendship with Shows No Anger in Montana during times of unrest between Natives and non-Natives is one of inspiration. This story celebrates the ties that can and do take place between cultures in the past and present. A story that will linger in your thoughts and heart for years to come." — Carmen Peone, award-winning author of Lillian's Legacy "Jane Kirkpatrick never fails to take us away on unforgettable journeys. Her carefully crafted layers of colors, textures, music . . . transport us to eras of history that we might otherwise miss. Mollie and Peter's story is no different. What amazing lives they led! Their resilience and love was a legacy that lives on--thanks to Jane's gifted storytelling!" — Melody Carlson, author of Westward to Home series "Jane Kirkpatrick's latest book is about the struggle between a father and daughter and the challenges of seeking a better life during the 1800s. Jane's story shows a sensitive and compassionate approach to the coming-of-age of a daughter and the conflict between two men who love her. I will not easily forget Beneath the Bending Skies nor the eloquent prose used to connect the reader with the characters. I will recommend this book to all my customers, friends, and family and look forward to discussing the book with them." — Judi Wutzke, owner/manager of ...and BOOKS, too! "Jane Kirkpatrick's Beneath the Bending Skies is one of the best novels I've read in a very long time. Set primarily against the backdrop of Montana's Big Sky country, the story narrates the life of Mollie Ronan. At times tragic, yet always compelling, it is overall the uplifting account of a woman's struggles to find her place in life, within her extended family, and in the arms of the man she's loved since childhood. Told with warmth and respect for the land and its people--especially her relationship with the Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Oreille tribes--Beneath the Bending Skies is a fascinating journey and a worthwhile read." — Michael Zimmer, author of The Poacher's Daughter. Awards:
- Finalist, 2023, Women in Writing the West, WILLA Award, Historical Novel category
"If you’re looking to learn some history you may not have been taught in school, Eminent Oregonians: Three Who Matter should be your next read. By authors Jane Kirkpatrick, Steve Forrester and R. Gregory Nokes, this quick read recounts the lives of three trailblazing Oregonians that paved the way for future generations: Abigail Scott Duniway, Richard Neuberger and Jesse Applegate. As with any biography on influential people throughout history, this book provides merely a snapshot into the lives of these individuals within the context of their time. As Forrester, a co-author, tells Eugene Weekly, “Oregon has become such a myth, but these are reality tales.” A consistent theme for me while reading through this book was, as Forrester put it, a string of “‘I didn’t know that’ moments.” For all the history classes I had taken, including a few at the University of Oregon, I’d not heard of anyone like Duniway, who was one of the first women to ever form her own newspaper. So for any history buffs out there looking to expand your knowledge of historical Oregonians, be sure to pick up this volume and give it a read." — Sienna Riley, the Eugene Weekly "An inspiring and moving account of three people who helped create modern Oregon. One was a pioneer who fought attempts to make Oregon a slave state. Another was a legendary female journalist and advocate for women's rights. A third was a senator who overcame anti-Semitism and helped nurture modern environmentalism. Oregon has a complicated history, sometimes a painful one, and this is history that is sometimes painful as well as inspiring. But it's always riveting!"-Nicholas Kristof, Author, Pulitzer Prize winner, Human Rights advocate Read the Nov. 3, 2021 Wilmette Week review here! NOTE: This book is not available for sale on this website (JKBooks.com) Discover more and order here. View Jane's interview conducted by moderator Kerry Tymchuk for the Oregon Historical Society. Her co-authors Steven Forrester and R. Gregory Nokes participated in a lively discussion of the book. Interview was conducted on October 5, 2021.
Classically trained pianist and singer Natalie Curtis isolated herself for five years after a breakdown just before she was to debut with the New York Philharmonic. Guilt-ridden and songless, Natalie can't seem to recapture the joy music once brought her. In 1902, her brother invites her to join him in the West to search for healing. What she finds are songs she'd never before encountered—the haunting melodies, rhythms, and stories of Native Americans. But their music is under attack. The US government's Code of Offenses prohibits American's indigenous people from singing, dancing, or speaking their own languages as the powers that be insist on assimilation. Natalie makes it her mission not only to document these songs before they disappear but to appeal to President Teddy Roosevelt himself, who is the only man with the power to repeal the unjust law. Will she succeed and step into a new song . . . and a new future? Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick weaves yet another lyrical tale based on a true story that will keep readers captivated to the very end. Reviews: "Another enthralling work of historical fiction inspired by real events. Kirkpatrick's portrayal of Natalie's fight for equality and cultural preservation will resonate with readers." —Publishers Weekly "A very interesting and informative story about a little known but very important author and champion of indigenous people."—Evangelical Church Library Association (more here) “A fascinating, expertly researched and vividly presented period piece, The Healing of Natalie Curtis is highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Reviews (more here) "This tale focuses on resiliency ... Reflective and informative."—Booklist Endorsements: "You will find yourself drawn in by the story of Natalie Curtis, an early twentieth-century musical prodigy nearly broken by the rigid conventions of her era, who leaves her loving but somewhat smothering New York family to travel with her brother through the wild expanses of the American Southwest. Curtis finds her health, her voice, and her calling in recording the music of the Southwest’s Native cultures, and determinedly fighting for their rights. Fair warning: once you begin this compelling tale, you won’t be able to put it down." - Susan J. Tweit, author of Bless the Birds: Living with Love in a Time of Dying "Jane Kirkpatrick presents us with talented musician Natalie Curtis, a woman broken by the very thing she loved, in search of hope and healing yet extending both to those Native singers her path inevitably crosses. Natalie grows across these pages to be a heroine worth rooting for—all the more because this story is true.” - Lori Benton, award-winning author of Burning Sky, Mountain Laurel, and Shiloh Awards:
- Winner, 2022, Will Rodgers Gold Medallion, Western Fiction - Modern
- Finalist, 2022, Western Writers of America Spur Awards, Best Western Historical Novel
- Finalist, 2021, Women in Writing the West, WILLA Award, Historical Novel category
When blind and widowed Suzanne Cullver reaches California with a group of women who have survived tragedy on the Oregon Trail, she sets her mind on doing for herself all that must be done. Though she cannot see, she rejects offers of assistance, unwittingly risking her children’s safety – and her own. Her companions blindly falter as well, held hostage by their own pasts. As Suzanne attempts to control her life in Shasta City, Ruth defends against past errors, failing to see how she limits love. Meanwhile, Mazy’s vision seems to be permanently clouded by her late husband’s betrayal. But when a young stage-driver risks all for a Wintu Indian, his life becomes entangled with the turnaround women – and together they are changed forever as they discover that No Eye Can See all the good God has in store for those who love Him. The second book in the Kinship and Courage series. Based on a true story. Awards:
Novice to experienced writers will benefit from Jane who knows better than most what it takes to be a truly great writer. These videos are recordings of Jane’s Beachside Writers Workshop presentations. Learn how to encourage yourself to start to write, the nine essential ingredients to a novel, writing and editing tips, and researching that next big idea. This collection of four DVD includes:
- Video 1: I Would if I Could…But I Can’t
- Video 2: Nine Points to a Novel
- Video 3: Writing and Editing Tips
- Video 4: Researching and Writing Your Family Story
Jane speaks about the qualities of power and the historical women she has researched and written about. Those qualities are found in each of us today too. Enjoy this bookstore presentation with laughter and hope. Watch the trailer here. Price includes shipping and handling.
Not available at this site at this time. For Madison "Mazy" Bacon, a young wife living in southern Wisconsin, the future appears every bit as promising as it is reassuringly predictable. A loving marriage, a well-organized home, the pleasure of planting an early spring garden--these are the carefully-tended dreams that sustain her heart and nourish her soul. But when her husband of two years sells the homestead and informs her that they are heading west, Mazy's life is ripped down the middle like a poorly mended sheet forgotten in a midwestern storm. Her love is tried, her boundaries stretched, and the fabric of her faith tested. At the same time, she and eleven extraordinary women are pulled toward an uncertain destiny--one that binds them together through reluctance and longing and into acceptance and renewal. Based on an actual 1852 Oregon Trail incident, All Together in One Place, speaks to the strength in every woman and celebrates the promise of hope that unfailingly blooms amidst tragedy and challenge. The first book in the Kinship and Courage series. Based on a true story. Awards:
- Bestseller List, 2001, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
- Bestseller List, 2001, Christian Booksellers Association (CBA)
- Best Inspirational Books, 2000, Affair de Coeur
- Finalist, 2001, Reader’s Choice Award, Romance Writer’s of America
- Nominee, 2001, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, Romance Writer’s of America
As the 1840s bring conflict to the Pacific Northwest's rugged Columbia Country, new challenges face Marie Dorion Venier Toupin: the wife, mother, and Ioway Indian woman who crossed the Rocky Mountains with the Astor Expedition, the first big fur trapping expedition after Lewis and Clark's. On French Prairie in the newly forming Oregon Territory, Marie strives to meet the needs of her conflict-ridden neighbors: British settlers and Americans, missionaries and disease-stricken natives, fur trappers, and French Canadian farming families, and the surviving natives of the region. At the same time, as a mother, Marie must weave together the threads of an unraveling family. One daughter compares and judges as she seeks to find her place; another reaches for elusive evidence of her mother's love. Marie's memories are threatened with the emergence of a figure from the past. In the midst of this turmoil, Marie discovers an empowering spiritual truth: Unconditional love can shed light on even the darkest places in the heart. The third book in the Tender Ties series. Based on a true story. Awards: Other books in this series: #1) A Name of Her Own, #2) Every Fixed Star Reviews: "...when these and other characters commit such offenses, they are neither demonized nor tidily redeemed. In combining historical authenticity with an exceptional ability to render poetic the thoughts of her characters, Kirkpatrick achieves a novel that enchants as it educates." —Publishers Weekly "…Thorough research backs Kirkpatrick's compelling fiction. Her description and much of the language are poetic and imaginative...This book will appeal to mothers who are raising children and grandmothers watching their grandchildren grow. It provides a realistic scene of the time period which history bugs will enjoy, and Christians will appreciate the insights Dorion gains as she learns about her faith."— Esprit, the Magazine of Evangelical Lutheran Women Inc. Price includes shipping and handling.
Her desire was to have a life worth living. Her hope was to survive. Following a family tragedy, a battle for survival, and a test of faith, Marie Dorion begins again in the rugged northwest landscape known as the Okanogan settlement, By 1814, the Astor expedition she has joined to cross the Rocky mountains has disintegrated. New trials confront Marie with an abrupt ending to love, separation from friends, the disappearance of one child, a puzzling, painful division from another. Through it all, she struggles to know her purpose and worth. What could this God of the stars care for the survival of a mere woman? Fed by memories of her distant friend, Sacagawea, Maries discovers that inside every challenge is a gift to be treasured. Based on a true story. The second book in the Tender Ties series. Awards: none Other books in this series: #1) A Name of Her Own #3) Hold Tight the Thread Reviews: "A complex novel with strong characterization and an authentic Native American voice." —Romantic Times, **Four-Star Review** “Jane Kirkpatrick has a rare gift, for her novels touch both the emotions and the intellect. Every Fixed Star is the moving, heartfelt story of one woman’s journey toward accepting herself. Like all of Jane’s novels, it’s more than a ‘good read’; it’s a life-altering experience.” —Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of Thorns in My Heart and Bad Girls of the Bible Price includes shipping and handling.
Based on the life of Marie Dorion, the first mother to cross the Rocky Mountains and remain in the Northwest, A Name of Her Own is the fictionalized adventure account of a real woman's fight to settle in a new landscape, survive in a nation at war, protect her sons and raise them well and, despite an abusive, alcoholic husband, keep her marriage together. With two rambunctious young sons to raise, Marie Dorion refuses to be left behind in St. Louis when her husband heads West with the Wilson Hunt Astoria expedition of 1811. Faced with hostile landscapes, an untried expedition leader, and her volatile husband, Marie finds that the daring act she hoped would bind her family together may in the end tear them apart. On the journey, Marie meets up with the famous Lewis and Clark interpreter, Sacagawea. Both are Indian women married to mixed-blood men of French Canadian and Indian descent, both are pregnant, both traveled with expeditions led by white men, and both are raising sons in a white world. Together, the women forge a friendship that will strengthen and uphold Marie long after they part, even as she faces the greatest crisis of her life, and as she fights for her family's very survival with the courage and gritty determination that can only be fueled by a mother's love. Based on a true story. The first book in the Tender Ties series. Awards:
- Bestseller List, 2003, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
- Independent Bookstore Pick, 2003, National Booksense (now known as IndieBound)
- Caldera Achievement Award, 2006, Nature of Words
- Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, 2005, Willamette Writers
- Finalist, 2004, Oregon Book Award, Portland Literary Arts Organization
Not available at this site at this time. Out of the wilderness… Three women. Three eras. Three miracles. 1901: Plagued by loneliness on the Big Muddy Ranch, a sheepherder’s wife awaits the outcome of her husband’s trial for murder. He is sentenced to life in prison—and she to life without him. But a startling event could redeem their pasts and transform their future. 1984: Against a backdrop of attempted murder, federal indictments, and the first case of bioterrorism in the U.S., one woman seeks to rescue her granddaughter from within the elaborate compound of a cult that has claimed the land. 1997: On the much-reviled, abandoned cult site, one woman’s skepticism turns to hope when she finds that what was meant to destroy can be used to rebuild—and in the process realizes a long-held dream. For three women seekers united across time, a remote and rugged stretch of land in the Pacific Northwest proves to be a place where miracles really happen—and the gifts of faith, hope, and charity are as tangible as rocks, rivers, and earth. Based on true stories. Awards:
- Bestseller List, 2005, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
- Finalist, 2005, Spur Award, Western Writers of America
Not available on this site at this time. Please visit the Aurora Colony Gift Shop to purchase. “Of all the things I left in Willapa, hope is what I missed the most.” So begins this story of one woman's restoration from personal grief to the meaning of community. Based on the life of German-American Emma Wagner Giesy, the only woman sent to the Oregon Territory in the 1850s to help found a communal society, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick shows how landscape, relationships, spirituality and artistry poignantly reflect a woman's desire to weave a unique and meaningful legacy from the threads of an ordinary life. While set in the historical past, it's a story for our own time answering the question: Can threads of an isolated life weave a legacy of purpose in community? Based on a true story. The third book in the Change and Cherish trilogy. Other books in this series: #1) A Clearing in the Wild, #2) A Tendering in the Storm Reviews: "Jane has a gift for breathing simple beauty into the lives of remarkable historical women characters. In A Mending at the Edge, Emma comes off the page and shows readers an unforgettable picture of a very unique Oregon community. I love living within view of Mt. Hood even more now that I better understand those who shaped the tenacious beginnings of this region."–Robin Jones Gunn, author of the bestselling Glenbrooke Series and the Christy Award-winning Sisterchicks novels "In A Mending at the Edge, Jane Kirkpatrick completes the literary quilt of the Emma Wagner Giesy trilogy, piecing together the historical fabric of Emma's personal story with that of the Aurora Colony. Emma's efforts to find a house–and a home–in this communal society in Oregon once again reflect the conflict of individual and community needs represented in Kirkpatrick's earlier two works in the Change and Cherish Historical Series. Based on a solid historical framework of the Aurora Colony and the broader social, political, and cultural landscape of the 1860s, Kirkpatrick offers a story of hope and achievement that captures the spirit of giving, sharing, and receiving central to 'mending' within a communal settlement."–James J. Kopp, communal historian and Board Member of Aurora Colony Historical Society Price includes shipping and handling.
Not available on this site at this time. Please visit the Aurora Colony Gift Shop to purchase. A story of tender truths about a women’s desperate efforts to shelter her family. Emma Giesy, a strong-willed German American, believes her young family will thrive in the light of their newfound freedom, after she and her husband branch off from their close-knit and repressive religious community in the spring of 1856. Determined to raise her children on her own terms, Emma suddenly finds herself alone and pregnant with her third child, struggling to keep her family secure in the remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory. With loss and disappointment as her fuels, she kindles a fire that soon threatens to consume her, making a series of poor choices that take her into dangerous relationships. As clouds of despair close in, she must decide whether to continue in her own waning strength or to humble herself and accept help from the very people she once so eagerly left behind. Rich with historical details and vivid characters, A Tendering in the Storm poignantly gives voice to a mother’s fears for her family and a women’s search for her truest self. Based on a true story. The second book in the Change and Cherish trilogy. Awards:
- Winner, 2008, WILLA Literary Award, Original Softcover Fiction (Trade or Mass Market), Women Writing the West
- Finalist, 2008, Christy Award, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association
- Finalist, 2009, Oregon Book Award, Portland Literary Arts Organization
Not available on this site at this time. Please visit the Aurora Colony Gift Shop to purchase. The people of Bethel, Missouri, seek to live with simplicity and generosity, existing in the world of the 1850s but remaining set apart from its distraction and vanities. Rather than finding peace in the would-be utopia, spirited young Emma Wagner chafes at the constraints of a culture that values conformity over independent thought, especially women. When Emma’s outspoken ways growing skepticism lead to a clash with the colony’s beloved leader, she finds new opportunities to pursue her dreams of independence. But as she clears a pathway West to her truest and deepest self, she discovers something she never expected: a yearning for the warm embrace of community. Based on a true story. The first book in the Change and Cherish trilogy. Awards:
- Finalist, 2006, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
- Finalist, 2007, WILLA Literary Award, Historical Fiction, Women Writing the West
Not available at this site at this time. Set in turn-of-the-century Florida, this frontier saga traces the life of Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the first English-speaking teacher in the region, as she struggles to teach school in the Seminole Nation and lead Indian families to Christ. Ivy is disliked by tribal leaders in spite of her obvious love for their children, yet she eventually overcomes their resistance and serves as their spokesman in negotiations with the U S government. Already scarred by her mother's tragic death in childbirth, Ivy overcomes her husband's suicide and other devastating disappointments to share her faith with her adopted people and eventually earn their love. Like all of us who search for meaning, Ivy yearns to experience the power of faith, understand the limitation of human protection, and learn the importance of perseverance in caring for those we love. Other books in this series: A Sweetness to the Soul, Love to Water My Soul, A Gathering of Finches Reviews: "Spinning a tale of love, adventure and history, Kirkpatrick draws readers into the lives of Frank and Ivy Stranahan, real-life influential settlers of Florida. Readers will forget this is fiction based on fact as they read about the unusual love story that took place amid daily danger and great hardship....Kirkpatrick thoroughly researched this couple and their impact on the Seminole tribe and the founding of Fort Lauderdale. As a result, readers will feel they're a part of the Stranahan life and times. Highly recommend this book to men and women." —Christian Booksellers Association Market Place “Her research gives the book depth; her empathy gives it a soul.” —The Sunday Oregonian "With a compelling literary style, the reader is drawn into the story and immersed in the hardships and triumphs of the early settlers and the surviving Seminoles...Ivy is revealed to be an early visionary and crusader for the environment and women's rights." —Marco Island Eagle, Florida Price includes shipping and handling.
Not available at this site at this time. 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. Other books in this series: A Sweetness to the Soul, Love to Water My Soul, Mystic Sweet Communion Reviews: "...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 Price includes shipping and handling.
A remarkable story of God's constancy and provision for all lovers of history, romance and faith... Based on historical characters and events, Love to Water My Soul recounts the dramatic story of an abandoned white child rescued by Indians. Among Oregon's Paiute people, Shell Flower seeks love and a pace of belonging...only to be cast away from her home. In the years that follow, she faces a new life in the world of the white man--a life filled with both attachment and loss--yet finds that God faithfully unites her with a love that fills all longing in this heartwarming sequel to Jane Kirkpatrick's award-winner, A Sweetness to the Soul. Awards:
- Guideposts Condensed Books, 1998
Not Available At This Time. Based on historical characters and events, A Sweetness to the Soul recounts the captivating story of young, spirited Oregon pioneer Jane Herbert who at the age of twelve faces a tragedy that begins a life-long search for forgiveness and love. In the years that follow, young Jane finds herself involved in an unusual and touching romance with a dreamer sixteen years her senior, struggles to make peace with an emotionally distant mother, and fights to build a family of her own. Filled with heart-warming insight and glimpses of real-life pain, A Sweetness to the Soul paints a brilliant picture of love that conquers all obstacles and offers a powerful testimony to the miracle of God's healing power. Awards:
- Bestseller List, 1995-1996, Christian Booksellers Association (CBA)
- Winner, 1996, Western Heritage Wrangler Award, Western Novel, National Cowboy Museum
- Oregon Humanities Award: Oregon 100 (one of the best books about Oregon published between 1800-2000), Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission
- Oregon 150, (one of the best books about Oregon for 150th anniversary of statehood), State Library of Oregon
Did photography replace an absence in her life or expose the truth of her heart’s emptiness? While growing in confidence as a photographer, eighteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele’s personal life is at a crossroads. Hoping she’s put an unfortunate romantic longing behind her as “water under the bridge,” she exiles herself to Milwaukee to operate photographic studios for those owners who have fallen ill with mercury poisoning. Jessie gains footing in her dream to one day operate her own studio and soon finds herself in other Midwest towns, pursuing her profession. But even a job she loves can’t keep painful memories from seeping into her heart when the shadows of a forbidden love threaten to darken the portrait of her life. Based on the author’s grandmother’s life as a turn of the century photographer in Winona, Minnesota. This coming of age series of two books captures the interplay between temptation and faith that marks a woman’s pursuit of her dreams. Actual historical photos from the collection of Jessie Ann Gaebele are included. Awards:
- Finalist, 2011, WILLA Literary Award, Original Softcover Fiction, Women Writing the West
She took exquisite photographs, but her heart was the true image exposed. Fifteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele loves nothing more than capturing a gorgeous Minnesota landscape when the sunlight casts its most mesmerizing shadows. So when F.J. Bauer hires her in 1907 to assist in his studio and darkroom, her dreams for a career in photography appear to find root in reality. With the infamous hazards of the explosive powder used for lighting and the toxic darkroom chemicals, photography is considered a man's profession. Yet Jessie shows remarkable talent in both the artistry and business of running a studio. She proves less skillful, however, at managing her growing attraction to the very married Mr. Bauer. This luminous coming-of-age tale deftly exposes the intricate shadows that play across every dream worth pursuing–and the irresistible light that beckons the dreamer on. Based on the author’s grandmother’s life as a turn of the century photographer in Winona, Minnesota. This coming of age series of two books captures the interplay between temptation and faith that marks a woman’s pursuit of her dreams. Actual historical photos from the collection of Jessie Ann Gaebele are included. Awards:
- Best Book (top 10) List, 2009, Library Journal
- Winner, 2010, WILLA Literary Award, Original Softcover Fiction (Trade or Mass Market), Women Writing the West
- Finalist, 2010, Christy Award, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association
- Finalist, 2011, Oregon Book Award, Portland Literary Arts Organization