by Gerri Bauer
Paperback, audiobook, & ebook, 320 Pages
July 17th 2015 by Franciscan Media
At Home in Persimmon Hollow is the first book in a series chronicling the world of Agnes Foster and the people of frontier-era Florida.
In 1886, Agnes Foster is forced to leave the Catholic orphanage in New York where she grew up to start a new life as a teacher in Persimmon Hollow, Florida, a town she has only ever seen in a newspaper ad. With nothing but her strong Catholic faith to sustain her, she leaves behind the only home she’s ever known and the little girl she hopes to adopt, and encounters a wild and beautiful new landscape, and a town full of hardworking, faith-filled people. She also meets the difficult, yet handsome and hard-to-ignore Seth Taylor, a man whose heart has been hardened to God after a terrible loss.
Just as Agnes starts to feel Persimmon Hollow could be a good home for her and her daughter, and that Seth could be her love, tragedy strikes in the form of a trio of evil men from both their pasts, intent on doing them more harm. Will their fragile new love survive? Will Seth return to his faith? Can Agnes finally escape her dark past and find a bright new future?
Gerri has a B.A. in English from Stetson University, where she has a day job in social media and online marketing. A former journalist who always wanted to write about local history instead of local government, she edited The Parce Letters: Voices from the Past, a collection of primary sources on Florida pioneers. She blogs about pioneer life at http://frontier-florida.blogspot.com/. And she shares her space-geek husband’s enthusiasm for our final frontier, which helps her remember she doesn’t live in the 19th century.