“Where the Heart Goes” is the title of the novella I’ve been working on for the past few months. I am happy (and relieved) to say it is now in the hands of my editor and should be available as an e-book and paperback by late spring.
I look forward to sharing more about this piece with you as the time gets closer. For now, here is the preface:
“Where the Heart Goes” is narrated by Rebecca Adams, a strong, unforgettable woman who travels from Pennsylvania to Texas to follow her dreams in the mid-1800s. She shares with the reader clips of the most memorable and poignant moments of her lifetime beginning in young adulthood. It’s an ordinary life in many ways, woven with themes of love, romance, motherhood, abuse, spirituality and death. Yet, Rebecca has a remarkable ability to learn and reflect from the experiences of her heart. She aptly sums it up with, “It’s strange how the heart can take the reins from you but still allows you to think you’re in control.”
When I published two short stories several years ago about Rebecca’s life, I had no idea her saga was not yet complete, on paper that is. The original idea was inspired from an unusual daydream I had of a man riding a bronco, who became the character, John Coulter. From there, the story took on a life of its own and developed into “That’s Just the Way It Is” and “Return to Texas.” In the last year, this follow-up novella has begged to be written. It’s a deeper and much expanded version of the earlier short stories. Perhaps its basic theme—deep love that lives in the heart and soul, never truly dies—bears repeating in a world that often appears loveless. It has been a joy and a heart-warming experience to write this piece. I hope you will find it the same to read.