Historical novel

Are you a reader?

Readers—those who love the smell and feel of books, words strewn together in enticing ways, and a plot that thickens toward midnight—might be kinfolk. Someday, someone will probably discover a gene we have in common.  A reader gene, so to speak.

I love books, and the book signing for Fremont’s Promise, my new historical novel, was loads of fun, primarily because I got to chat with so many interesting people (readers are always interesting). This signing was in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and I can’t thank The Arts at 317 enough. Beth was so helpful. If you missed it, more book signing events will be coming up!

I was overjoyed that my co-writer and book mentor dropped by. Margaret Pope Akin, at 88 years old, signed her first book! It’s been a few tough years for my beautiful mother, but she’s hanging in there. Please keep her in your prayers.

Thank you all for your amazing support and if you’re a reader and especially love family sagas based on true events and about the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the 1930s and 40s, you’ll love this book series.

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New Novel Now Available!

I’m excited for my next book to be released!

Fremont’s Promise by Kathryn Spurgeon

Fremont’s Promise is a historical novel, a 1930s family saga, and a drama never told before.

Whenever Sibyl visits her mother, she’s criticized and shamed, leaving in tears each time. Only Fremont’s assurance to move her away from the toxic family can calm her spirit.

Not only does Sibyl’s family reject her for marrying a penniless hobo, but they demean her for wanting another child, for her untidy house, and her faith. They criticize everything she believes in.

Fremont determines to find a better-paying job and spirit his wife away from this unkind family. He wants a stable family, not a dysfunctional one. But will Sibyl agree to move? Her relationship with her family bounces from frustration to despair. Perhaps God wants them to stay in Shawnee. Perhaps not. If you love family sagas and drama based on true stories, you will love this book

Thanks for all your support through this writing! You are loved!

Kathryn Spurgeon

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This is another story that will stay with me for a very long time. Gail Hollingsworth
My Thoughts

Dear friend, how are you doing?

Edmond Oklahoma
The sun is shining

Like the rest of us, you’ve probably been affected by this crazy time we live in. Troubles have shaken us in different ways. Maybe the pandemic and riots have you nervous, the politics make you angry, you have a job loss, the children are out of school, or a loved one has passed. And now the crazy icy weather! Seriously? Maybe you’re just plain tired of it all.

My family has had its share of difficulties. We’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19. My blessed father-in-law died at 96 years old. A WW2 Veteran, he shared his faith for years.  My husband lost his best friend. A beloved church member went to heaven. Many others.

With this volatile political climate, we ask, “Where is God in this?”

I’ve struggled. Listened to others who struggle. I’ve written about men and women who struggled. Prayed. Begged God for understanding. Sought His wisdom, and at times, became discouraged.

But my dear friend, never doubt that God is still with us. Notice the shadow in the attached picture? It’s beneath the bench. After the storm, the sun is shining.

I read a verse this morning that helped me. Acts 11:23 When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord. NLT

We, as Americans, have known God’s blessings. The evidence? Look around. Most of us have an abundance. We aren’t chased with guns, starving in hide-outs, or sneaking around to meet together. No. We’ve been blessed, which should give us great joy.

But, listen to this. Paul encourages us to stay true to the Lord, to continually cleave to Him, purpose in our hearts to not give up.

So that’s my message today. Stay true. Don’t panic. God has this.

    My Thoughts

    Picture of Sibyl’s First Baby

    Sibyl and Fremont Pope’s adorable first baby, born under questionable circumstances and raised during the Great Depression, became a beautiful, godly, and loving woman. However, I’m getting ahead of my story, the few pages of time dedicated to Sibyl and Fremont. If history could be contained in a book, a million pages would not cover a single day.

    Here is the baby’s adorable pictures. Don’t you love those beautiful blue eyes?

    Margaret Pope Akin, born in 1933

    Great Depression Family Saga

    This historical romance series, or family tale, is based upon the true story of a destitute but stable (and handsome) Christian man and a privileged, moody, and brilliant socialite. It moves like a trek through the mountains. Up to the glorious view from Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains before dipping into the treacherous, unpredictable valleys along the North Canadian River. Will they allow heartaches to steal their family vision or follow the Lord wherever he might lead?

    Margaret, the baby girl of their first love, is still living at 87 years old, and shares their amazing tale. Suffering from bladder cancer and weak from treatment, she still has a memory worthy of a few of those historical pages. Her faith during trials has bolstered hundreds, including me, and some sweet day she’ll reap the rewards. “For this light affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” 2 Corinthians 4:17

    See the novel, A Promise to Break, for the awesome story about this family. Published by Memory House Publishing, LLC.

    Please pray for Margaret Pope Akin as she reviews the last changes of the third book in the 1930s historical series, Fremont’s Promise.


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    New book coming!

    Fremont’s Promise

    Promise Series Book #3

    Fremont's Promise book cover
    Sibyl & Fremont Pope

    Sibyl, the wealthy girl who marries into poverty, wants to move away from Shawnee and live in peace enough to share her faith. She yearns to experience more of life than the squabbles and arguments she hears from her family. Another child? Another job? Another church or town?

    Will any of this help Sibyl feel more satisfied? 

    As for her husband, Fremont Pope loves Sibyl enough to promise to travel to the stars and back if that’s what she wants. He desires to move and take her away from the dysfunctional family to create a calm, stable life. But can that happen? Can anyone ever have a calm, stable life? Can Fremont keep his promises?

    Based on a true story, this family saga continues with heartaches and blessings that form an inspiring story.

    Fun Fact:

    Did you know Sibyl's youngest sister, Frances, is still alive at 93 years old? She lives in a nursing home in Oklahoma City.
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    Read all five Thomas Sister books now!

    I’m excited to share all five of the inspirational Thomas Sister Books! Born in the late 1800s, each sister faces her own hardships. But sisterly love helps them get through.

    The Thomas Sister Series.

    Mary Bobbie

    Mary Bobbie, the oldest and most jovial of the sisters, keeps a terrible secret for ten years. Will her family be disappointed if they find out what she has done? Will they still respect her?

    Sally Matilda

    Sally Matilda, a former high school football queen, marries the school’s handsome running back. Her perfect life shatters when he falls into abusiveness and addictions. How will she respond when a life-changing crisis arises?

    Susie May

    Susie May, the cute, petite middle sister, marries the most handsome band director in the country. After many moves and disappointments, what will she do when his tragic, double life becomes known in her home town?

    Jennie Rue

    Jennie Rue, stable and God-fearing, agrees to nurse the sickly wife of an older man with two children. When he becomes a widow and wants to marry her, is it for love or convenience?

    Annie Crump

    Annie Crump still grieves the loss of her fiancé, but a tall, good-looking barber melts her heart. For some reason, he never tells her about his former life. How will she manage when an ex-wife appears and files a lawsuit to take everything they own?

    Based on true stories. I hope you enjoy reading the THOMAS SISTER SERIES as much as I’ve enjoyed researching and writing them.

    My Thoughts

    Great review about my historical novel!

    Historical Christian Novel

    Child, remember God has a plan for you….Never forget that!’

    Set in the 1930’s the true story of this family is one of survival for some and not for others. The Great Depression has affected everyone, even those who live in town. Sybil wants nothing more than to make her Papa proud of her. This desire permeates almost everything she does. Deeply involved in socialism, Papa is a lot of talk and very little action. Realizing that she needs a purpose that is her own, spurs Sybil on to make very different choices than those that would be made for her.

    The author has put a great deal of research into this book, which is evident as you read the detail of the town, the people and even the politics. I could almost feel the grit in my teeth as I read about the dust bowl and the incredible drought. It must have been very difficult to believe that God had everything in control and had not abandoned them.

    Thanks, Betty Mace, for the great review!

    Other reviews

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    A New Book Release! Mary Bobbie

    I’m excited to announce my new book!


    Mary Bobbie

    The First Thomas Sister

    The oldest and most jovial of the sisters keeps a terrible secret for eight years. Will her husband be devastated if he finds out she had a part in their child’s death? Will he still love her?

    Each of the five sisters face extreme circumstances that tests their faith. Living in Hollis, Oklahoma, during the 1930s Dust Bowl makes these issues more challenging. Based on true stories, I hope you’ll love the tales of these sisters as I release them – one every few weeks.

    Order Mary Bobbie, the first story, now at