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About Donna Winters
Donna adopted Michigan as her home state in 1971 when she moved from a small town outside of Rochester, New York. She began penning novels in 1982.
Her husband, Fred, a former American History teacher, shares her enthusiasm for the Great Lakes. Together, they visit historical sites, restored villages, museums, state parks, and lake ports purchasing books and reference materials, and taking photos for use in Donna’s research.
Her familiarity and fascination with these remarkable inland waters and decades of living in the heart of Great Lakes Country have given her the perfect background for developing her stories.
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Determined to prove Mr. Engstrom wrong, Betty gathers help from friends and neighbors. A plan emerges and work begins to put Mossy Point State Park on solid fiscal ground. But not everyone is on board with the plan. At times, Betty almost finds herself side-tracked by dealing with her estranged daughter and grandson who suddenly appear back in her life, and then there is her close friend Lee who seems to want more than friendship. The State itself seems to have alternative plans for the park, and when an accident threatens to destroy both Betty’s and the park’s finances, all of her plans could fall apart. What can possibly turn their fortunes around and make a turtle fly?
Until Neal Taman steps in. With grace and ease, this urbane newcomer resolves the conflict between Caroline and the band. For this, she is grateful. But when he offers her comely cousin, Deborah, employment in a far-off city, suspicions arise. Is this supposedly overworked banker’s son really seeking rest and a change of scene in the Village of Caledonia, or has he come to this small, rural community for some darker purpose?
When Charlotte’s teacher invites her to the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, Seth signs as crewman on the Martha G., carrying them to Chicago. Together, Seth and Charlotte sail the waters of the Great Lake to the very portal of the Fair, and an adventure they will never forget. While there, Seth saves Charlotte from a near fatal accident. Now, seventeen and a man, he realizes his friendship has become something more. Will his feelings be returned when Charlotte grows to womanhood?
Gavin Jack, the darkly handsome rose supplier threatens to cut off deliveries due to lack of payment.
Alex Hensley, the college botanist, wants more than friendship from their casual dates.
Her younger brother Todd, who is supposed to step into the business after graduating with his Master’s degree, develops a disabling addiction that threatens both his and Carey’s future.
Can she somehow weather the storms to find security, satisfaction, and that special someone who will steal her heart?
Riverton is almost non-existent. Her temporary lodgings are crude and infested with insects. And a dangerous disease breaks out among the neighboring Indians, threatening the white folk as well. Desperately, she seeks a way out of the forest that holds her captive, but God seems to have cut off all possible exits. Surely, He can’t mean for her to stay in this raw wilderness?
In The Rogers Family of Western New York, Donna Winters, longtime historical fiction author, turns to nonfiction to present an intimate portrait of four generations of her family in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Rogers lived “far from the madding crowd,” not getting involved in national politics or state-wide elections, but their lives capture a time in American history when people were civically mind and believed in faith and family. The Rogers family includes women who broke the glass ceiling by going to college in the early twentieth century, men who ran their own businesses, and people who chaired committees, joined women’s and men’s clubs, and sought to improve their communities. This book offers a slice of life that reveals the ups and downs shared by so many of our American ancestors.
Winters shares family stories, but supports everything with copious documents and newspaper excerpts, family photographs, and a discerning ability to read between the lines to make her ancestors come alive. By doing so, she hopes others will be inspired to research and write their own family histories. As Winters says, “Every life is important and offers us something to learn from to make our own lives better today.”