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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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I'm not into book clubs as such. I love to choose what I want to read.
I'd love to read either book!
Please enter me for Kindle too

Absolutely! Your name will be included in the drawing for the Kindle.  :-D

Hi, Gail!

Nice to chat with you again!

You brought up a great point. When participating in a book club, a reader doesn't always get her favorite choice of book to read. Like you, I'm an independent reader who likes to choose.

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

I'd like to join an online book club, it gives a chance to enjoy talking about our favorite books with people we wouldn't have a chance to meet in person.

Please, enter me for a Kindle drawing and for a Hope's Design review copy

Hi, Kate!

You make a great point. An online book club can connect us with people from all over the country!

Thanks for you interest in Hope's Design! Your name will be entered in the drawing for that book and the Kindle.

I'm in an online book club. I enjoy being able to chat with others about the book. Some of us are busier than others, so there are several that do more "lurking" than joining in the chats. We have suggestions for books to read for the next month, then vote on them. 

Hi, Winnie!

It sounds like the online book club works well for you. Thanks for sharing!

I would like to join an on-line book club because if it is a book that I like and other people like it also we can talk about the book and have a good time. I would love to read and review one or both of your books they sound like good books to read.

Hi, Tammy!

It sounds like an online book club would work well for you. Thanks for sharing!

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

I might be interested in an online book club. I am not much for getting out and about so this could be done from home. It's always fun to talk about books w/ friends. I would love to be able to read and review Sarah's Smile and Hope's Design. Thank you!

Hi, Anne!

It sounds like an online book club would work well for you. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for your interest in Sarah's Smile and Hope's Design. Your name will be added to the drawings.  :-D


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