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Author: Debra Salonen
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Date of Publication: November 18th, 2014
I can’t believe I waited so long to read this brilliant novella! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve read by this talented author, especially stories set in Marietta. Montana yet this one had slipped amongst my kindle books and stayed there hidden for more than a year. I’m so glad I found it when checking through my ebooks, it has been a lovely, heart warming, delicious read. . . .
This is different to many other stories about Marietta folk, this one shares the good and less positive aspects of the lives of Louise and Oscar (OC) Jenkins from when they first met, their initial encounters through to turbulent, alcohol fuelled problems to the present day. It is a story with the strongest thread of love running through it, keeping the two together and written down to share, warts and all, with their family. It is a beautiful love story, showing that even if life may sometimes resemble a bed of roses, there are always thorns to be encountered along the way. . . . The Christmas gifts given by Louise and Oscar will be treasured by their recipients for years to come.
A beautiful, moving, very quick read but superbly written story of love through the years.
Do you know your parents’ love story? Or, more importantly, the story behind their story?
When Louise Jenkins’ granddaughter innocently asks, “Grandma, how did you and Grandpa Oscar meet?” Louise seizes the opportunity to set the record straight by writing her memoire. But she knows she can’t tell her family’s story without bringing up some painful memories. Will the raw truth jeopardize hers and Oscar’s newfound serenity?
Oscar “OC” Jenkins has a lot to live down. Marietta, Montana’s notorious Fish Whisperer had chapters of his life he’d like to forget, but he knows his wife of nearly forty years and he knows it’s time to set the record straight.
When their newly enlarged family gathers to celebrate Christmas, Louise and OC share that gift most precious of all…the truth. Unvarnished. Some good. Some bad. A real life love story of two survivors who gave each other gifts beyond price and stayed together because love makes all things possible.
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