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It is my great pleasure to introduce y’all to a debut author and her historical character. I feel a kinship with these ladies already because they are from the rural heartland of my home state!
Meet Becky Hollister
In the spring of 1854, seventeen-year-old Becky Hollister cherishes life on the vast Illinois prairie.
Her wheat-blond hair flows free and untamed as she labors alongside her father in the fields.
How she longs for the day she’ll share such tasks with a handsome husband.
But the Lord has different plans.
Describe yourself in 5 words.
Becky: Strong-willed, determined, sentimental, caring, loyal
Beth: Excellent qualities to have!
What is your favorite go-to drink?
Becky: Outside of creek water and coffee, there’s really not many choices of beverage in rural Illinois in the mid-1800s. On occasion—weddings and such—we’ll have apple cider chilled in a stream. Can’t be beat.
Beth: Mmmm, apple cider!!! My favorite!
What is your favorite food?
Becky: I’m partial to corncakes smothered in sorghum, but really anything I don’t have to cook myself. Cooking in a Dutch oven over a fire is not something the Lord has gifted me with.
Beth: The only think I can manage in a Dutch oven is soup!
What do you want readers to gain from your story?
Becky: To assure readers that God can take our deepest hurts and bring about blessing if we allow them to draw us closer to Him. And that no matter what we go through in life, the Lord is there with us, cheering us on and offering strength and comfort.
Will readers be able to follow you in future books?
Becky: Definitely. I make several appearances as a minor character in Book Two: Under Prairie Skies which is set to release in late spring, 2018. Book Three and beyond are still unwritten and my author has yet to tell me what role I’ll play in them.
Beth: That is good to know, Becky! Thanks so much for joining us today!
About the Book
She thought she’d lost everything. Instead she found what she needed most.
Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents’ farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she’s ever known and the man she’s begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis. Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky finds solace in corresponding with the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future.
Matthew Brody didn’t intend on falling for Becky, but the unexpected relationship, along with the Lord’s gentle nudging, incite him to give up his circuit riding and seek full-time ministry in the town of Miller Creek, with the hope of one day making Becky his bride. But when his old sweetheart comes to town, intent on winning him back—with the entire town pulling for her—Matthew must choose between doing what’s expected and what his heart tells him is right.
About the Author
Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie.
She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Under This Same Sky is her debut novel.
Share YOUR thoughts, reader friends!
Do you have anything in common with Becky?