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ABOUT SARAH'S SMILE: Romance. Heartbreak. Scandal. Secrets. Second Chances.

In 1902, Sarah McCall is waiting to leave for the mission field when the man she once loved steps back into her life. Abandoned as a child by her mother and gambler father, she strives to overcome a tarnished history she didn’t create and a heartbreak she can’t forget.

Peter Caswell returns to his Wisconsin hometown a pastor, dedicated to his four-year-old daughter and new congregation. But no matter how hard he tries to move on with his life, he can’t forgive himself for his wife’s death.

When Sarah learns that Peter is returning to Riverton, the letter giving her departure date for Africa can’t come soon enough for her. They were best friends—she loved him and supported his dreams—but he married another and broke her heart. Although ten years have passed since he left Riverton, Peter hopes Sarah still cares enough to give him a second chance. But a charming newcomer pursues her affections—and Sarah’s childhood nemesis manipulates her way into Peter’s life. Will Sarah and Peter find their way to forgiveness and each other, or will past mistakes make a life together impossible?

Author’s Notes


The story is influenced by my hometown, Prairie Farm, Wisconsin, and some of the people who lived there in the early 1900s. My parents also grew up in that rural community. Prairie Farm, the oldest settlement in Barron County, was built along Hay River. It began to develop when the Knapp-Stout Company (lumber) made their headquarters there in 1848.


Because the story is fiction and comes purely from my imagination, I changed the names of people who I based some of my characters on, as well as some of the town’s buildings and layout.

ABOUT BOOK #2 HOPES DESIGN - Inspirational Historical Romance Novel

In 1904, Hope Andrews, an aspiring fashion designer, struggles with leaving New York City. But with no job, her parents leaving the country, and an abusive ex-fiancé refusing to accept their broken engagement, Hope doesn’t have much choice but to give in to her parents’ wishes that she move far away and live with her cousin indefinitely.

Talented Benjamin Greene can’t deny his passion for painting, but guilt over a painful incident in his past keeps him from sharing his gift. Instead, he devotes much of his days to helping his younger sibling rebuild a farm inherited from a great-uncle. Only his brother is aware that Ben spends his spare time in a studio on their property.

In the small rural town of Riverton, Wisconsin, Hope and Ben can’t help but be thrown together. But as feelings for each other deepen, tension thickens over how talent should be used. Their mutual passion for art brings them together, but will it also drive them apart?



1. When you think of the word "Book Club" what comes to mind?

2. What types of books do you think would be fun to discuss at a book club meeting? Any suggestions?

3. If you had the opportunity to join an on-line book club would you? If so, why? If not, why?

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Haha!!! I knew what you meant! ;-)

Friends, good conversations, and many good books.

Hi, Mary!

All great reasons to join a book club!    :-D

I think most books would be wonderful to have in a book club:  Devotionals, nonfiction that speak about certain topics, mystery/suspense, biographies.  Lots of fun genres to discuss.

Thank you for this opportunity.

In Him,

Cheri :)

Hi, Cheri!

It sounds like you read a variety of genres. Same here!  ;-)

I don't think that at this time I would join an online book club. I don't have a lot of spare time and am involved in a few Bible studies that take up most of my free time.

Hi, Shane!

I understand not having time for an online book club, especially if you're involved in several Bible studies. There are only so many hours in the day!  ;-)

When I think of "Book Club", I see a group of people gathering once a month to discuss a common book. I've always wanted to join one, but never have. I would be pleased to read and review either of your books. Thanks for the chance to win.

Hi, Vickie! 

Do you have book clubs in your area that you could join? I understand that so often timing is an issue. The time and day books clubs meet don't always fit everyone's schedule.

Thanks for your interesting in Sarah's Smile and Hope's Design!

I would love to do a crochet pattern book, book club, to help me crochet better. 

Victoria, I've never heard of a book club that focused on craft books, but that's an interesting idea! 

Book Club is cozy, with girls sitting cross-legged in heavy, woolen socks and leggings with oversized sweaters. Someone has to be knitting and several have cold fingers enclosing hot mugs of steaming tea. Leaning into conversation, eye ignite over points in the book and it gets quite heated in disagreements over, afterwards, trivial things, because the unity of mulling over the clubs' latest keeps one thinking long into the night.  

I would be interested in reviewing Hope's Design. Thank you :) 


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