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Historical novel

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
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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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Historical novel

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.

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Historical novel

Family reunions celebrate families

Akin Family Reunion abt 1920. Elisha Levi Akin and Dora Alice Valentine and their nine children and families.

Family get-togethers began in our family ions ago. That’s what families do—get together—if they like each other. Or not.

I 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.

It 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?

Old family reunion picture found in Akin/Thomas album. No idea who they are.

I 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 mid-1600s.

Most 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.

Know 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

Akin Family Reunion 2019

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!

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Historical novel

The Five Thomas Sisters

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Five sisters faced difficulties in life. Each unique. Each stressful. And each life choice seriously tested their faith. These sisters had the same background with similar genes but were confronted with different issues in life.

They lived in Oklahoma during the 1930s Dust Bowl, and I’m really excited to share their stories with you.  Read a short story about each one.

Mary Bobbie

Mary Bobbie, 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 respect her?

 Sally Matilda

Sally Matilda, once a 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 petite, shy middle sister, marries the most attractive band director in the country. After many moves and disappointments, what will she do when his tragic, double life becomes known in her hometown?

 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 respond when an ex-wife appears and files a lawsuit to take everything they own/

Each Thomas Sister short story stands alone, and I hope you enjoy!