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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?

NOTE: If you are interested in REVIEWING the book  - PLEASE mention that you'd like to put your name in for the novel SARAH'S  SMILE and/or Hope's Design review copy.

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Hi, Deana! It sounds like an online book club would be perfect for you!

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

I would enjoy discussing mysteries in a book club. Also non-fiction books that deal with walking closer with the Lord.

I would like to be entered to review Dawn's books.  Thank you!

Hi, Caryl!

Discussing that genre would be fun! Readers could try to figure out the mystery together.

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

I am a member of a book club and we are one that is eclectic in that we read all kinds of books. The latest choice is a Christmas mystery by Joanne Fluke. Last month we discussed a non-fiction book about John Wilkes Booth. I love mysteries the best, but I go to the book clubs to socialize. I wish there were some younger women in our group, but right now, the ladies are in their 50’s to 70’s. I want to support the local library by going to the book club and encouraging others to read and join.

Hi, Vickie!

That's wonderful that you have a local book club. I enjoy reading all kinds of genres too, including mysteries.

I think even though younger women enjoy reading and discussing books, it's difficult for them to carve out time for themselves if they're working at a career, are moms - but  especially if they're juggling both. 

Thanks for supporting your library!

Yes, I would join an online book club. It's great to share opinions about stories with others. I would be happy to review either book. Thanks!

Hi, Susanne!

I agree! It's fun to share thoughts about favorite books - even books we don't like as much! LOL!

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

I would probably join an on-line book club as I could do it during my free time. I would love to read Sarah's Smile!

Hi, Helen!

Thanks for your interest in Sarah's Smile! Good luck in winning!

When I think of book club I picture a group of people sitting around discussing a book they have all read or are reading. I would not want to join one. Personal preference. Please enter me in the Kindle giveaway and I would also like to read and review either or both books if possible, Sarah's Smile and/or Hope's Design.

Hi, Victoria!

I appreciate you sharing your opinion on book clubs. To each his own! :-D

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

I have participated in an on line book club..  Have trouble to attend on the days held. I do enjoy reading the comments later.  I don't think I have time for them anymore..


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