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.
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!
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.
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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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, 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?
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.
get-togethers began in our family ions ago. That’s what families do—get
together—if they like each other. Or not.
have a picture of an Akin family reunion dated in the early 1900s. My Grandpa
Thomas Elisha Akin stands in the middle of the back row, as good looking as
Clark Gable. He’s surrounded by his wife, my great aunts and uncles, and a row
of corralled youngsters sitting in front. His parents, Elisha Levi and Dora
Alice Valentine Akin, born in 1851 and 1856 respectively, perch on chairs. There
are so many relatives I’ve never seen nor heard about except tidbits here and
there. Their lives are a mystery.
makes me wonder about them. What did they talk about? What was Great-grandma’s
favorite pastime? Did she make homemade biscuits as delicious at my
grandmother’s? Did she hate the drudgery of doing laundry by hand? Did she
discuss deep life questions with her children? Was my great-grandpa Akin one of
those staunch, tough-as-nails men who didn’t know how to communicate? Like my
grandpa and my father? What genes and traits were passed down to me and my
family? Stubbornness? An inquisitive mind?
was born an Akin and proud of it. With research, I traced our family history back
across the United States to Arkansas, Georgia, New York, Rhode Island, and then
to Dartmouth, Massachusetts and a Quaker community. Tracing farther back, our Oklahoma
Akin family originally came from Aberdeen, Scotland, traveling to the U.S. in the
of all, I speculate about their beliefs. Living in Scotland, did some of the
Akins leave their homes during the Bishop’s Wars or because of religious or
political persecution? Just why did they travel by boat to the U.S.? Perhaps
someone has researched this and has more knowledge.
That would be an awesome trip—to travel to Scotland to see where the Akin/Aikine’s lived!
Did the Akins have faith in God to help them through the hard times? Perhaps their faith still lives on. My family trusts in God and still tries to follow His ways.
therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful
God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of
those who love him and keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9
A thousand generations to those who love him. And keep his commandments. And it’s been less than ten generations back from me when my ancestors lived in a Quaker community. Maybe some of them were praying hard. Perhaps faith continues on just like our family reunions continue on, and that means I need to be praying for the next ten generations!