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About Elle Knowles
After living most of her life in Louisiana, Elle Knowles now resides in the Florida Panhandle with her husband, Harry. There are four grown daughters, one son, and twelve beautiful grandchildren in their lives.
In 1959, at the age of four, Elle homesteaded in the Alaska wilderness for five years with her parents and four siblings. From this adventure came the inspiration for her nonfiction book, 'Coffee-Drunk or Blind', published in 2016. This story is based on her own memories, and her mother’s journals and letters written at that time to family members in Louisiana. Her first fiction novel, 'Crossing The Line', was published in 2013.
When Elle takes a seldom break from her writing, she is usually creating at her sewing machine – her first love – or working on one of the never-ending DIY projects with her husband restoring and remodeling their 1956 small home.
As an avid reader and writer, you can find Elle frequently posting stories on her blog, 'Finding Myself Through Writing', at http://knowleselle.wordpress.com. She also shares regularly, tips on marketing, promoting, and social media content, along with author and self-publishing advice, on twitter @knowleselle.
In my mother’s words – January, 1959 – I am sure choosing the spot of land you raise your family on, is important to every young couple. Somehow, it seemed to be so important to us two years ago, when we left the sunny south for this great north land, that all the hard work and trials and tribulations, didn’t seem important at all. Now I wonder how we could have been so blind…
However, when Jim begins spending more and more time at work with Lori Walters, his new assistant, and arrives home way too late at night for Helena to be comfortable, she starts to dig. And what she uncovers alarms her. Jim, a closet narcissist, (scoring eleven out of fourteen qualifying points) is in denial, and their marriage is failing because of it. All this chaos in her life makes it hard for Helena to concentrate on her business as a decorator and furniture refinisher as she slowly unravels incriminating evidence against him.
Helena must hire a new contractor to help her with the latest project she undertakes, and Wayne comes into her life, adding a sweet twist to the mystery. Hot flashes and anxiety attacks are almost too much for Helena to handle as she tries to find the best way to deal with Jim, Wayne, and her stressed marriage.
As Helena struggles to keep her marriage intact, and her feelings for Wayne buried deep inside, her best friend is in need of her assistance in another state, and her daughter is due to deliver the new baby any day. Helena wrestles with her conscience to determine who needs her most, pushing her own needs aside.