Only God Can Give Her The Strength
Attorney Harley Stone, brother of Dr. River Stone, moved his family from Philadelphia to Cutler Gap, Oklahoma. His wife, Rachel, was a city girl and was not excited at all about the move. Their two young sons, Barry and Marlen, were excited to be moving west. Their older daughter, Taylen, married Dr. Owen McCloud and stayed in Philadelphia. They moved into a renovated ‘stone’ house from the civil war era. Unbeknown to the Stone family, a murder had taken place in the house during the civil war and rumors said that the woman’s spirit lived in the house. Then one night, weird things started happening. Things that Rachel and Harley couldn’t explain. They didn’t believe in ghosts, but how could they explain what was happening to them? Could this possibly be ‘Remnants of the Past?
Matthew Storm was tired of city living and decided to buy the Sugar Creek Sentinel and move out west. He said goodbye to New York and moved his wife, Diana, and daughter, Rainn, to Oklahoma. It was a big adjustment but they soon learned to love country living.
Lars McLaren and his wife, Meg, were anxious to sell the newspaper so he could retire. It was getting harder to run the newspaper and the farm. He wanted to enjoy his last years on the farm. Their son, Lance owned the General Mercantile in Saddle River.
Diana and Rainn helped Matthew run the paper. Rainn was his star reporter. She loved digging for stories. Her biggest one was a bank robbery in Sugar Creek.
Some months later, while going home from visiting her friend, Willow Cain, a man stopped her on the trail and forced her to go with him. She had no food. The water he gave her was contaminated and made her very sick. By the time her daddy got the million-dollar ransom together, Rainn was lethargic. Would they find her in time to save her life?
Rose Hatcher moved from Philadelphia, to Sugar Creek, Oklahoma, to become their first schoolteacher. She soon adapted to country living and loved it. One of her students, Emily Blackwell, captured her heart. Emily came from a large family with a drunken pa, who abused his wife and children. She had always dreamed of becoming the first woman doctor in Oklahoma. Never in her wildest dreams did she think it would ever happen. Her pa could not afford to educate her nor would he, even if he’d had the money. He thought the woman’s place was in the home, cooking, cleaning, satisfying her husband, and raising a bunch of youngins.
Rose’s parents, Jack and Joy Hatcher, were wealthy. Things changed at the Blackwell house and Emily was finally free. The Hatchers agreed to take her into their home and educate her. They became her new parents. She was ecstatic.
After graduating from medical school, she couldn’t find a job. No one would hire her because she was a woman. Discouraged, she decided to move back home to Sugar Creek. Dr. River Stone made her his partner at the clinic. Love blossomed between the two of them. Even in the small town, Emily had a hard struggle of being accepted as a woman doctor. Triumph and tragedy follow her…
‘The Lonely Goose‘ is based on a single goose we have left on Mr. Bob’s farm where I live. At one time, we had fourteen geese. They weren’t really ours. We called them the Community Geese, since they traveled from place to place. We used to feed them corn.
They would come to the fence and eat. They also loved bread. In fact, they liked bread better than anything we fed them. In the last several years, the number of geese here on the farm has dwindled down. I loved looking out in the field and seeing them eating or walking in a line.
They usually stayed here on the farm during the day, and went to Mr. Ken’s pond, next door, for the night. One by one, they disappeared. I feel sad that there is only one left. I called her ‘The Lonely Goose’. It was that thought that made me realize I needed to write a book.
Of course, most of it is fiction, but there are some real facts too. I am trying to imagine what the geese might talk to each other about. I hope you enjoy reading this book to your young children. This is my second children’s book. I wrote ‘Princess Kari & the Golden Haired Boy’ in 2010.
It was based on my son Travis, his wife Kari, and their two young daughters, Katie and Campbell.