A Promised Land

by Kimberly Grist

Raised by her guardian and influenced by the mostly male population of Carrie Town Texas, Rebecca benefited from a forward-thinking, unorthodox education not typical for a young woman in the late Nineteenth century..As an adult, she is armed with skills that most would covet, yet she lives in a boarding house, works as a waitress and struggles financially. Most single women in the area didn’t stay single long. Most, but not her. The one man she had said yes to was dragging his feet. The townspeople all agree she needs a husband. Even the young girls in her Sunday School Class have taken action by writing an ad for the paper.

Wanted: Husband for Rebecca Mueller. **Must be handsome, nice, like children, and live within walking distance of Carrie Town School.

Will her circumstances change and allow her to hold out for true love?

Tell us a little background of why you wrote this book 

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In 2017, I took a new direction after years of thinking about it, I published my debut novel, “Rebecca’s Hope.” Inspired by so many things life has to offer one of which includes our oldest son’s battle with cancer I find it especially gratifying to write a happy ending. “I believe you should come away refreshed and inspired after reading a book. In my personal life, I wear so many hats working inside and outside the home. I work hard, try harder and then begin again the next day. Despite my best efforts, sometimes life just stinks. Bad things happen. I need and want an outlet, an opportunity to relax and escape to a place where obstacles are met and overcome.”

 Who do you believe would enjoy reading your books?

My stories are all written during the late 19th century as western fiction combined with a romance and a well-developed plot and full of believable and likable characters. They are available on Kindle Unlimited and in paperback and are clean, wholesome, full of fun and have happy endings.

Combining, History, Humor, and Romance with an emphasis on Faith, Friends and Good Clean Fun, Kim’s stories are written to remind us how God can use adversity to strengthen us and draw us closer to Him and give us the desires of our heart in ways we may never expect.

One of my goals, when I write, is to combine my love of history with an inspirational theme, a bit of romance and believable characters. As I researched the life of a teacher during the 19th century, I was astounded by the rules that a female teacher had to adhere to.

In my new novel, twenty-year-old Meriwether Walker enjoys teaching students of various ages and skills in a one-room schoolhouse. What she hates is the nomadic lifestyle that comes with it as she rotates barding with families in the community every month. From feeling like an unwanted guest to leaky roofs and bedbugs, Meriwether longs for a place to call home. Unexpectedly she inherits an estate rom a devoted uncle.

A buyer is already lined up. But Meriwether snatches at the opportunity to put down roots in Trickling Springs, Texas. The handsome prospective buyer things she’s holding out for more money and she finds him rude and off-putting.

Circumstances cause them to work together and their feelings change.

Excerpt from A Promised Land

“Take up residence?” Jake Harrison sprang to his feet. “Lady, I don’t know what you’re trying to pull, but your uncle and I agreed to a fair price, and it’s all written down in black and white.” He reached for the paper and thrust it into her hand.

“There’s no reason to become unsettled, Mr. Harrison. I feel certain the young lady is simply confused.” Mr. Peters sat on the edge of his desk and patted his chest. “Please allow me to explain.”

The attorney’s voice rose to a higher pitch. “Miss Walker, your uncle and Mr. Harrison have already taken care of the legalities. You simply need to sign the bill of sale which states you agree with the terms for Mr. Harrison to purchase the estate.”

Meriwether raised one eyebrow. “Thank you for explaining, sir. However, I’m not the one who is confused. I have no intention of selling the property.”

“Now see here,” Jake Harrison scowled. “You won’t get a dime more playing this game.”

Her jaw dropped. “Mr. Harrison obviously there has been a terrible misunderstanding. I was thrilled when I learned of the inheritance. I’ve quit my teaching position and traveled here today with the understanding I was to be met by the Bakers who would take me to the log house.”

Mr. Peters waved a paper. “The only correspondence I’ve received from your lawyer is by way of telegraph stating your arrival time today. It’s preposterous for a young single woman to consider living alone in such a remote location. It appears to me you’ve received poor guidance.”

The attorney mopped his face with a handkerchief. Meriwether cocked her head. “I suppose your suggestion would be to take the money and move elsewhere?”

“I believe most women are inclined to make decisions based on feelings. Your motivation derives from fond memories and matters of the heart.” Mr. Peters clasped his hands, and he pressed his lips into a thin smile. “The realities of living in a secluded location are too severe for a young woman alone. Quite frankly, I’m shocked you would consider it.”

Meriwether’s fingernails dug into her palms. “I’ve lived on my own since I was sixteen, Mr. Peters. I assure you I have thought this through and will not allow you to shame, patronize or bamboozle me into changing my mind.”

The attorney’s back straightened. “Now see here, Miss, I will not have you question my integrity.”

“Then you had best not call it into question, sir.” She pivoted and exited the room. Her boots tapped sharply on the polished hardwood floors through the lobby and out the door. Nose in the air, nostrils flared, Meriwether’s anger circled and wrapped her emotions like the wind intertwined her skirts.

Standing at the end of the boardwalk, she took in a deep breath. What am I supposed to do now, Lord?

A wooden signboard swung from its chain across the street. Meriwether lifted her chin and stormed in the direction of the sheriff’s office.

About the Author – Kimberly Grist

I grew up in a large family and am one of seven children. I married my high school sweetheart who is a pastor and we have three adult sons, one with Down syndrome. We feel called to share experiences both good and bad in an effort to encourage others.

One of the things I enjoyed about my husband was that he achieved his dream to be a high school teacher and coach and loved it. So, to say I was shocked that at the age of 40 he turned in his coaching whistle to go back to school to become a pastor was a bit of an understatement. He first served in youth ministry and became a pastor several years ago. I like to say he is my best friend and live in bible scholar. (Which helps when writing inspirational novels).

I also tend to be a perfectionist and am forever trying to add or change things to make it better. The unfortunate side of being creative in this respect is not always positive. Often my attempts fail and my life ends up resembling an old episode, of I Love Lucy.

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