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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?



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Bethany, you shared a fabulous description of a book club! It makes me want to join one right now.

Thanks for your interest in Hope's Design. Good luck in winning a copy!

Congrats to Kindle Winner Caryl Kane Your name was drawn for the Kindle Fire HD8 PLEASE send your contact information to the author at 

Susanne Miner and Terra Price PLEASE contact the author as well. Your name was drawn to receive a copy of Dawn's book. Congrats!

CONGRATULATIONS to Caryl, Susanne and Terra!!!

Thank you so much! :)

I would love an online book club.  Easier to attend.

Hi, Jill!

I agree that for many, an online book club would make it easier to participate.  :-D


by Dawn Kinzer


Review: Twists and Turns and Secrets

I'd give Sarah's Smile by Dawn Kinzer 4 1/2 stars out of 5 ( or 9 out of 10). I really enjoyed this first book of the Daughters of Riverton series, even though at times it made me cry and sometimes made me angry. You see, I felt like I was really there. I felt like shaking sense into the main characters, Sarah and Peter.

The story opens with Sarah walking to work and encountering the man she was hoping to avoid. Peter, her best friend from childhood, had broken her heart when he married another woman. Now he is back in their small town, widowed with a small daughter and pastor of her church.

Sarah had been treated badly by Rebecca Hoyt and some other town folk since childhood because of her parents' reputation. Rebecca, Sarah's nemesis, was appropriately named, as she was a conniver throughout the story.

Besides twists and turns, there were secrets, secrets and secrets. Sarah, Peter, Gram, Will, and Rebecca all had secrets that might block relationships.

I won't give more details of the story because I don't want to be a spoiler and give too much away. Kinzer set the scene very well and developed the characters well, including their flaws.

I was given this book by the author in return for writing an unbiased review.

Bonnie Kaiser


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