Katherine's Hope is set in the late 1870's in Baker City, Oregon, and is part womens' fiction, part romance. Here's the opening scene (as it stands now) to give you a tiny taste of what's coming.
Baker City, Oregon
Late June, 1879
Katherine Galloway’s soft breath sent the dandelion fluff dancing on the warm current of air, but it didn’t bring the anticipated relief. Gripping the stem, she sat in the grassy field with her eyes closed and waited. Why didn’t it come? It had always appeared when she needed it before. How many years had it been? Ten? Fifteen?
She shook her head and a loosened curl scraped her cheek. More. Many more years. But always her mind returned to those times when the dandelion fluff had carried her away to a place where mothers were loving and kind, and little girls didn’t need to be afraid of cutting words.
Had she ever known a time like that, other than in her dreams? She’d thought she had, but now she knew. It was all an illusion, just like the sunbeams glinting off the tiny bits of white settling to the ground. Seeds, that’s all they were. Seeds that brought unwanted weeds when they matured. Just like her life.
Unwanted. Unwelcome. Unsung.
At least by the one person who mattered the most while growing up. Her mother.
She pushed to her feet, letting the dandelion stem dangle from her fingers. There was no fantasy world where thirty-two-year-old women, or little girls for that matter, could ride the dandelion fluff and become someone they weren’t. No. It was time to put the past behind her. Mama was coming to stay at her house, and somehow Katherine had to survive.