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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460909321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460909324
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,414,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeanie Scouller Arthur (1863-1914) was born in Scotland and emigrated to the United States with her family. They moved to Des Moines where Jeanie met and fell in love with Frank G. Arthur. Jeanie was intelligent, well-read, and worked as a teacher while waiting to marry Frank and begin their pioneering life in Dakota Territory. They had seven children then divorced, leaving Jeanie to care for the children and keep the family together. The letters in My Dear Frank show Jeanie's younger, pre-marital perspective on the world. They drip with her optimism, love and strength--the attributes she clearly thought would be enough to sustain the marriage until death.

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Thank you for reading about me here and for purchasing my novel! I'm married with two children. I've been seriously writing for almost a decade although I dabbled much earlier than that! I've had short stories published in four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, am a regular contributor to a local magazine, Pittsburgh Parent, and have had essays in local newspapers as well.

I have a PhD in Reading Education and have worked in schools for over twenty years. I work with teachers and their students in grades k-8 and am lucky to learn something new from them every time I walk through their doors. This experience was a huge help in writing LOVE AND OTHER SUBJECTS--a quirky, post-college coming of age story.

My first novel, The Last Letter (2011 IPPY Gold Medal--Regional Fiction, Midwest, 2011 Indie Excellence Finalist Award for Historical Fiction and Regional Fiction, 2011 International Book Awards Finalist for Historical Fiction and Best New Fiction), was a fascinating trip through history, punctuated with fictional characters and events. The idea for the story grew from my great-great grandmother's letters (see My Dear Frank for the complete set of letters!) written during the year of her engagement to Frank Arthur. The beautiful letters are the inspiration for the novel, the seed from which The Last Letter's characters and their voices grew.

I've also written women's fiction--LOVE AND OTHER SUBJECTS-- and have written another historical fiction novel, AFTER THE FOG, set in 1948 in a town not far from Oakmont, PA. AFTER THE FOG is also an award winning book--silver IPPY and WINNER in the literary category of the National Indie Excellence Awards.

Right now, I'm finishing up a 20,000 word short love story for an anthology and am also using my characters and setting from THE LAST LETTER as per reader request to show what happened between the two timelines in the original book! I hope readers will enjoy the fact I write about varied eras and places and that they will love each book for its unique setting and time.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Readingcureall on January 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
I really found this book interesting and such a wonderful way to take a trip back in time. With so much "reality " tv now on it was refreshing to read something real of long ago. I felt like I was really getting a glimpse into who everyone was and how they lived. I read this book after hearing it was used loosely as inspiration for The Last Letter by Kathleen Shoop. I really enjoyed that book and was sad to finish it. I still want to know more about those characters. What happened during the years after Jenny and the children left the prairie? I really enjoy books that leave you wanting more. I recommend this book for a wonderful trip back in time and a quick little romantic tale.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Suri on December 19, 2011
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This book was agonizing boring and difficult to plod through. The book the letters served as inspiration was much better in every sense. Just because these letters existed and were handed down through the generations does not mean they had to be published. Also, only half of this "romantic" journey is shared with readers. We have no input from Frank whatsoever and no sense of what he was all about.
This story makes no sense. The letters regretably offer nothing of value and never should have been published, in my opinion. Read "The Last Letter" for a much better experience.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jean on April 25, 2013
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Pretty boring, and you don't really know at the beginning what it's all about. I gave up after about 40 pages
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