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The Ones We Leave Behind Paperback – August 25, 2020
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1955 – Anna Bergman Craine’s life changes in an instant when she commits a crime of passion and is sentenced to life in prison. Leaving behind two young children, she is left alone in the world, never to hear from family or friends again. Decades later, she is set free and finds she has a family that has chosen to forget her. What caused this beautiful, intelligent, young woman to commit such a drastic deed that would pull her away from everyone she loved?
2020 – Diane Martin is shocked to learn that not only is her maternal grandmother alive, but she’s just been released after decades in prison. Against her aging mother’s wishes, she visits the older woman and soon hears a tale of the events that led up to that tragic day in 1955. Diane realizes that her own life has mirrored that of her grandmother’s and, had circumstances gone differently that fateful day, she might have experienced the same fate.
A heart-wrenching story of a family torn apart because of a moment in time and trying to put the pieces back together after being separated for decades.
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Historical Fiction Novels by Deanna Lynn Sletten
The Secrets We Carry
In 1917, Sofiya fled for her life from Russia, only to be trapped again in America.
In 2022, Addie finds Sofiya’s letters in an old cigar box and is determined to learn about the young woman. Addie soon realizes that both she and Sofiya share a terrible past. She hopes by restoring the old house in Portland where Sofiya once lived, she can heal the past for Sofiya and herself.
The Ones We Leave Behind
In 1955, Anna Craine’s life is forever changed in one terrible moment and she loses everyone she’s ever loved. Sixty-five years later, she is released from prison, now a ninety-five-year-old woman. When her granddaughter, Diane, comes to meet her, Anna tells Diane her story—one of heartache, loss, and redemption.
The Women of Great Heron Lake
Feeling lost in her own life after the death of her husband, Marla finds a journal from 1876 written by the first woman to live in their lakeside manor. An inspiring family saga of two women connected by a house and a legacy.
In 1895, Etta Place fell in love with the Sundance Kid and followed him and Butch Cassidy in their outlaw life. Then she vanished. Three years later, a mysterious widow named Emily Pleasants takes a teaching position in a small Minnesota town. She has a young son. Could she be the elusive Etta Place?
- Publisher : Deanna Lynn Sletten (August 25, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 412 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1941212565
- ISBN-13 : 978-1941212561
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.93 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #237,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So sad that Anna ended up paying ultimately for the wrongs committed against her because of her husband's abuse. She probably would have gotten a much lighter sentence or probation today.
Sadly, this story is repeated in modern times, however, women who find themselves in this predicament today have more community support and options available. Please, ladies, if you find yourself in this situation, GET OUT!!
Definitely would recommend as reading for women as how this can easily happen to anyone.
When she is released from prison,her release hits the paper and her granddaughter finally finds out,for the first time,that the woman written about is her maternal grandmother.
She visits her in the care center,she was released to & the grandmother tells her,her life story.
After much begging,she finally gets her mother to agree, to meeting her own mother,after sixty-five yrs.,but does she back out,at the last minute?
You will need to read this absolutely, wonderful story for yourselves. Guaranteed not a dry eye,will you have !
This author is the real deal !
Diane, a middle-aged divorced teacher, sort of lives with her boyfriend, Barry. That is, Barry has his own place, but he's always at Diane's house. Barry is a great guy, very devoted to Diane, which is really what she needs. Diane has a mother, Joan, who is bitter, edgy and is so angry which seems to have lasted for a few decades. You'll find out why and you'll understand, finally.
Diane finds out that her grandmother, a woman she's never heard of, is alive and has just been released from prison after sixty five years, for murder. Joan is particularly disturbed about this event, but Diane is going to have to find out on her own why her mother is so bitter and angry because Joan won't speak of it.
Anything else I could say would both pale in comparison to this eventful and compelling story, and give away parts of the plot of this book, that you really need to read for yourself.
Deanna Lynn Sletten is a new-to-me author, but this will not be the last book I read by Ms. Sletten. As some of the book could trigger anyone who's been involved with a narcissistic psycho, it was still a superb story, well written and full of fascinating characters.
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Iair, conman and wife beater all rolled into one for her to survive she must do this one act of self defence