This is going to be difficult for me but I think I'm up to the challenge. Understand, I am a wise woman of strong opinions. :-) After all, when I'm right, I'm right, right? ;-) So many people seem to be in a quandary as to voting this year.  Personally, I've just about tuned out the entire horse race.  Yet within me is the conviction that vote I must. My forefathers, brave men like John Hancock and George Washington and James Madison risked swinging from a gallows so that I might have the privilege. ...


Serenity's Desire

Serenity's Desire

Book 1 - Serenity Inn Series
Pacific Press • 2010

Is it possible that God would punish me by taking away my mother? Could I be the reason she died?"

Plunged into a world of uncertainty following the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Serenity struggles to understand why God allows tragedy when He has the power to prevent it. Turning to her mother's journals, she catches a glimpse of the God her mother loved and trusted. Paging through her mother's Bible, Serenity finds strength in God's promise to never leave nor forsake her.

In the months that follow, her faith is severely tested as she deals with a widow intent on marrying her father; and her fear of the noises in the night. Are they real or just her imagination? What mysterious activities is her father, New York State's Assemblyman Samuel Pownell involved in? Why does the young neighbor Caleb Cunard seem to turn up unexpectedly at all hours of the day and night? And why won't anyone answer her questions?

Just when Serenity thinks her life could not be more complicated, a devastating fire destroys her childhood home and her father instructs the passionate abolitionist:

"Caleb, I want you to get Serenity away from here as fast as possible. I want you to vow before your God that you will care for my daughter, until either she marries or I return."

His face hardened with determination, Caleb responded, "Absolutely, sir. By God's grace, I will protect her or die trying."

Adventurous, heartwarming, and spiritually uplifting, Serenity's Desire paints a colorful picture of a young girl learning the hard lessons of trust in God on an untamed frontier in the years prior to the Civil War.