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    Kathy Steffen

ISBN: 9781932815931

First, there is a River

by: Kathy Steffen

Finalist in the 2008 HOLT Medallion Awards in the Best First Book Category.

Finalist in the 2008 Desert Rose Golden Quill Contest in both the Mainstream with Romantic Elements Category and the Best First Book Category. 

Finalist in the 2008 First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Contest in the Women’s Fiction/ Chick Lit/ Mainstream Category.

Wins an Honorable Mention at the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival

Finalist in the PMA 2008 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice Fiction

2nd place in the 2008 Write-Touch Readers’ Award in the Mainstream with Romantic Elements category

Winner of the 2008 Best Historical Cover Award in the Cover Café’s annual contest

1st place in the 2008 Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Published Authors in the Mainstream with Romantic elements category.

Book 1 in Spirit of the River Series

Historical literature meets romance and intrigue . . .

A family conceals a cruel secret.

Emma Perkins’ life appears idyllic. Her husband, Jared, is a hardworking farmer and a dependable neighbor. But Emma knows intimately the brutality prowling beneath her husband’s facade. When he sends their children away, Emma’s life unravels.

 


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Kathy Steffen's previous novels, First, There Is a River and Jasper Mountain, have won numerous awards, including the CRW Award of Excellence, the HOLT Medallion Award, and the Beacon Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her books have been finalists in the Benjamin Franklin Awards and at the London Book Festival. Her first published short story appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction.

Kathy pens a monthly column on writing, Between the Lines, for southwest Wisconsin’s Voice of the River Valley. She’s taught writing at AllWriters’ Workshops and the University of Wisconsin’s Writer’s Institute, Write by the Lake, and Rhinelander School of the Arts. Kathy is a member of the Author’s Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Novelists Inc.
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Overview

Historical literature meets romance and intrigue . . .

A family conceals a cruel secret.

Emma Perkins’ life appears idyllic. Her husband, Jared, is a hardworking farmer and a dependable neighbor. But Emma knows intimately the brutality prowling beneath her husband’s facade. When he sends their children away, Emma’s life unravels.

A woman seeks her spirit.

Deep in despair, Emma seeks refuge aboard her uncle’s riverboat, the Spirit of the River. She travels through a new world filled with colorful characters: captains, mates, the rich, the working class, moonshiners, prostitutes, and Gage, the Spirit’s reclusive engineer. Scarred for life from a riverboat explosion, Gage’s insight into heartache draws him to Emma, and as they heal together, they form a deep and unbreakable bond. Emma learns to trust that anything is possible, including reclaiming her children and facing her husband.

A man seeks revenge.

Jared Perkins makes a journey of his own. Determined to bring his wife home and teach her the lesson of her life, Jared secretly follows the Spirit. His rage burns cold as he plans his revenge for everyone on board.

Against the immense power of the river, the journey of the Spirit will change the course of their lives forever.

 

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ISBN: 9781932815931
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2007
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"A supremely contemporary story in an authentically depicted historical setting. A novel that will ring true with women readers of all types." ~ G. Miki Hayden, Edgar and Macavity Winner, and Author of The Naked Writer

"Remarkable, haunting and utterly unforgettable. Emma captures the reader’s heart; you desperately want her to find happiness and healing. You hope she’ll find a way to love again even though she’s suffered so much main. Her inner strength is admirable, all she needed to escape her husband’s cruelty was someone to lend his or her aid and support her during the healing process." ~ Sharyn McGinty, Inthelibraryreviews.net

"Set in 1900, Steffen's debut presents a captivating view of life aboard a riverboat a century ago . . .” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

"The healing power of the river and the magic of love are explored in this emotionally fulfilling and beautifully written tale of good triumphing over evil. Readers will cheer for Emma." ~ Barb Anderson, Romantic Times BOOKreviews