My family’s roots trace back to the pioneer days of Iowa and include farmers, herb doctors, teachers, soldiers, journalists, and ministers. The women of the family worked hard to take care of their children but found time to gather with family and friends to create quilts. My family's vintage quilts and the relationships formed around a quilt frame are the inspiration for the series of Grandmother's Treasures. The first story is The Gift.

The Gift will be published by WordCrafts Press in the spring of 2022.

The Gift is a dual timeline story about three sisters—a country school teacher Grace, and her younger twin sisters Violet and Vera—who take the train from their Iowa farm to California to build B-17 bombers and nurse injured soldiers during WWII.

In the present-day story, her granddaughter Gracie inherits a big basket, with a box of cassette tapes, a quilt, and the key to a family secret from Grandma Grace. Every week, Gracie visits Aunt Violet and they listen to the tape recordings to learn about the three sisters' journey, what happened in California, and why a quilt was hidden away for 60 years and twin sisters couldn't be in the same room without fireworks.

It’s the first in a series of novels in Grandmother’s Treasures. Set in the fictional town of Jubilee Junction, a pioneer town near the Jubilee River, Gracie's family can trace their roots back seven generations on their rich Iowa farmland. I'm calling it Women’s Fiction—set in the Midwest—with a twist of history, mystery, love, and faith.

My friend Beth came up with this clever acrostic to describe my series.

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F A I T H

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M Y S T E R Y


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CHERIE DARGAN -- PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION

January 24, 2022

What a great group! We had fun sharing ideas.

Watch for news about a special giveaway when the book launches, thanks to a wonderful friend who quilts and sent me something special for Christmas! Thank you, Hope!


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Last updated Feb. 16, 2022