Wine & Children
Published by Coppersmith Publishing LLP
WINNER OF THE 2017 WISRWA WRITE TOUCH AWARD
Available as paperback & ebook in fall 2017
Wine. Need one say more?
Wine is supposed to drown out most sorrows, but Charlotte Paggo has more to forget than her recent divorce. Taking sabbatical from work to meander through California’s vineyards in an attempt to rebuild her sense of self, Charlie inadvertently meets Sam, an old vague acquaintance. He’s built a simple lifestyle for himself since his own divorce, which includes a budding garagiste wine making hobby and his two pre-teen sons, but the two quickly bond over their common interests and, of course, the grapes.
Neither Sam nor Charlie have any illusions about what it might take to make a relationship work out, and with all the entanglements of Sam’s children, romance is complicated further. Issues surface, from ex-spouses, the ‘birds and bees’ chat, and medical emergencies. Underlying everything is the stroke of Charlie’s insecurities that stem from her irrevocable infertility.
Non-Fiction Work: FLAME
Additional Forthcoming Flats Junction Books:
A pregnant widow.
The last Sioux in town.
A half-breed grocer.
An immigrant doctor.
When very carefully proper widow Jane Weber discovers she’s pregnant, she escapes eastern society and 1880’s Boston life to work as a housekeeper in the Dakota Territories. Though Jane secretly researches and assures her new employer that she’s hearty and strong, the rigors of the prairie and the rawness of the people in Flats Junction are more defined than she expects. She must live with the enigmatic Widow Hawks, the last Sioux in town and tries to run a household, pick up nursing, and befriend the town’s half-breed grocer. Life in the territories is both simple and difficult, and tries Jane’s character in many more ways than merely learning to survive in the pioneer west. Will her pregnancy prove too much? Will she marry the cowboy who courts her? Or will her wall of lies and glassy cage of respectability shatter?
Learn more about the Flats Junction series by visiting www.flatsjunction.com.
Author Sara Dahmen has clearly researched the era, vernacular and settings of her richly complex story. She brings into focus the joys and deprivations of life on the American frontier, the rigid proprieties that pertained in relations between the sexes, and the cutting edge of racial hatred that rankled towards the local displaced and marginalized American Indians. She sheds light on fascinating small details of everyday life in 1881—cookery, clothing and medical care. Dahmen also conveys a keen awareness of the sometimes desperate needs of a woman’s heart, as her heroine wavers between her unexpected passion for Patrick and the possibility of a respectable, but unexciting, match with someone else. Captivating and vividly portrayed, “Doctor Kinney’s Housekeeper, ” is a delightful read that is refreshing and original as it is entertaining. - Chanticleer Book Reviews
It’s easy to write flowery prose; spare language in which every word pulls its weight is much harder. More difficult still is using such prose to paint a picture of rough-and-tumble frontier life while avoiding cliché and giving the reader a viable sense of a bygone era in which life was slower-paced and values meant something. Ms. Dahmen does all this in spades and it’s easy to see why this book won the Grand Prize in the Laramie Awards for Western Fiction. - Nicole Evelina, multi-award winning author, including an IndieB.R.A.G. Medallion.
What I loved most about Sara Dahmen’s fiction is the unexpected seems to emerge from every page. Here’s how it goes: Widow (Jane) loses husband from a marriage of convenience and she finds herself pregnant and in need of work. She’s hired by an Irish doctor (Patrick) in the West as his housekeeper. (Hence the title: Dr. Kinney’s Housekeeper.) She arrives and is set to live with a Native American widow. The woman, Widow Hawks/Esther, is estranged from her daughter (who happens to have her eye on Dr. Kinney–the daughter, not the widow.)
If you’re feeling a love triangle coming on, you’re correct! And it’s brilliantly written where the reader is rooting for Dr. Kinney and Jane, but aware that Kate (Widow Hawk’s estranged daughter) could end up being a good match for the doctor, too.
The story weaves together beautifully and the characters stuck with me well after the book ended. - Romance Chicks Review