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The Women of Great Heron Lake Kindle Edition
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Two strong women, generations apart, living parallel lives.
When Marla Madison’s husband dies, she realizes her life has become very small. Her daughter is grown and Marla has spent the past two decades focused on his friends, his interests, and his home. Feeling lost, she throws herself into fixing up the one-hundred and fifty-year-old family lakeside manor. She soon discovers an old journal in a secret drawer and is instantly intrigued. The handwritten book tells the tale of another Mrs. Madison from over a century ago, the first woman to live in the lake manor. As Marla reads the journal, she discovers that her life parallels that of the woman who wrote those words decades ago and Marla finds inspiration from her strength.
1875 - Alaina Carlton was content to become a spinster until her beloved father introduced her to Nathaniel Madison, one of the most prosperous men in St. Paul, Minnesota. Even though she values her independence, Alaina is intrigued by this man who pursues her. When they marry, she believes she’s found a man who will treat her as an equal, but soon realizes that isn’t entirely true. From their mansion on the illustrious Summit Avenue to their manor at Great Heron Lake, where the rich and powerful play, her life is no longer her own. But fifteen years and two children later when Nathaniel grows ill, she takes her rightful place where women weren’t allowed in order to secure her children’s inheritance and her future.
An inspiring family saga of two determined woman who found meaning in their lives by following their passions and not allowing society, or propriety, to hold them back.
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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?
Readers' Favorite Review - Ankita Shukla, Reviewer: The Women of Great Heron Lake by Deanna Lynn Sletten reflects on the lives of women -- now and then (the year 1875). Although born decades apart, both Marla and Alaina went through drastic changes after marrying wealthy men. Alaina was happy taking care of her father's business and living the life of a spinster, but when she met Nathaniel, she could not resist his charms. Gradually, he manipulated her into adjusting her life goals to accommodate his dreams. Eventually, Alaina lost the one thing she craved the most: her freedom. Similarly, Marla, too, had lost track of her goals after marrying Nathan. When he died, she struggled with finding her purpose in life. The plot will resonate with many women who alter their personalities and passions to fulfill their expected duties as a wife and mother.
This is a story of hope and second chances. Deanna Lynn Sletten makes a smooth transition between the present (Marla's story) and the past (Alaina). The mindset and mannerisms remain authentic in both the timelines. This book is heaven for architecture enthusiasts. The descriptions of the houses and mansions are so crisp that they transport you inside these spacious structures. Emotions run high as Deanna Lynn Sletten narrates the sacrifices that Alaina made in the name of love and marriage. Patriarchal society's flawed and biased rules are laid bare in the form of a gripping plot. Women supporting women is the backbone of the story as well. I recommend The Women of Great Heron Lake by Deanna Lynn Sletten to readers who enjoy a slow-paced story that highlights a woman's search for her identity.
About the Author
Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd, traveling, and relaxing on the lake. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07T3CGMJM
- Publisher : Deanna Lynn Sletten (September 10, 2019)
- Publication date : September 10, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1378 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 426 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,330 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #143 in Women's Sagas
- #205 in U.S. Historical Fiction
- #325 in Women's Historical Fiction
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The women in the book felt so real. I loved the transition from 1880's to the 21st century. The fact that women have achieved a great deal in a one hundred and fifty years!
Top reviews from other countries
A story of women and how they evolved from not being able to vote , no control over finances , being property of their husbands. A journal discovered tells how a brave smart woman changed her life was an inspiration to modern day women who came across the journal in an old mansion.
Now on to another of the Authors books.
Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did .