"With the end of the year, it's time to look back at some of the best books of 2018. In fiction, "What We Carry With Us" by Cuyahoga Falls author Karen J. Hasley is an exceptional Western mystery with a bit of romance, and the New Hope series is continued by the equally fine "Surprised by Shadows." All her books are about intelligent,resourceful women." (Ohio.com 12/30/2018)
About the Author
Do you recognize these American women? Jane Addams. Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Dr. Alice Hamilton. Dr. Kate W. Barrett. Donaldina Cameron. Gertrude Stein. Mary Cassatt. You'll find them all in Karen's books, which often intertwine the lives of fictional heroines and historical real-life women so closely and convincingly that you may need a history book to figure out which is which.
Hasley's 6-book Laramie Series spans the years 1880 to 1919 with satisfying stories from America's past, each with a competent, courageous woman at its center. The books stand independently and in any order. One reviewer wrote that "Hasley's impeccable writing" offered a "satisfying read from beginning to end." (ABJ, 2006)
The author's first stand-alone novel "The Dangerous Thaw of Etta Capstone" was a quarter finalist for Amazon's 2013 Breakthrough Novel of the Year, the PW review stating it was "subtle and effective." "Magnificent Farewell," a second stand-alone set in World War I, was a "highly recommended" finalist in the 2016 Wishing Shelf Book Awards.
In 2014, Karen offered readers a trio of light-hearted Victorian romances. The Penwarrens Series ~ "Claire, After All," "Listening to Abby," and "Jubilee Rose" ~ is an affectionate, admiring homage to Georgette Heyer.
Karen returned to America's heartland in 2017 with a new series set in 19th-century New Hope, Nebraska. As readers have come to expect, book 1 "What We Carry With Us" offers mystery, history, and romance with an engaging, strong-minded woman at its core. Visit New Hope again in book 2, "Surprised by Shadows," for another rousing adventure featuring one of Hasley's signature heroines.
Remarkable women. Unforgettable stories. All in historical settings.