Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Jessie's Choice

Please join me in congratulating Carolyn E. Cook on the publication of her newest historical novel, Jessie's Choice! I had the pleasure of helping Carolyn design the cover. Here's the book description:

For over twenty years, Jessie Reed and her husband Amos have enjoyed a good life running a successful farm. Then, in an instant, their days together are swept away. Jessie must build a new existence, although she has no idea what that might be.

---I determined to write to Strat . . .He possessed a thoughtful soul and in my current state, I could trust him with my grief and looseness of mind. At Christmas, I found myself stepping off the train in Minden Springs and Strat’s smile offered warm greeting.

As Jessie moves forward, her friends provide encouragement – Strat, Glory, Sheriff Dodson, Pearl, and the residents of Mrs. Ritchey’s boardinghouse. But often when a person least expects, a door opens.

---Parading along the boardwalk was a woman in travel attire . . .Her expression was austere, her movements stiff . . . Behind her followed a group of girls, in stairstep size from smallest to tallest. This configuration put me in mind of a mother duck parading with her ducklings. They all wore simple, calico dresses . . .but those girls weren’t the ordinary kind a person might see on a street in any town . . .

Who is this starchy woman? And who are the girls following behind? Jessie is soon to find out —

Jessie's Choice is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon! Visit Carolyn's website for more information on all of her books, and check out her guest post on the women of the Wild West on my blog, Let Them Read Books!

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