Kathleen Creek

“The poignant tale of a mother’s love in the midst of unfathomable circumstances.”


Fall 1919, Minnesota: Irene Ross rocks her two-year-old, Leonard, to the rhythm of the train wheels as they clack over the joints of the rails. At last, she and her husband, Sam, and their four children are returning to Minnesota after living in North Dakota for three years-the longest, loneliest three years of her life. But how will Sam, a proud man, handle the gossip in her hometown, Kathleen Creek, over Irene’s one-time weakness with her childhood sweetheart and the obvious product of that union? Will his love for Irene win out, or will her worst fears come true-that he will leave her and the children? And, if so, what will she do without Sam? How will she care for her children? The poignant tale of a mother’s love in the midst of unfathomable circumstances. Based on a true-life story.

  • Absolutely greatAbsolutely greatMkay

    This was an excellent read. Even more so knowing much of it was true. The author expertly wove nonfiction and fiction together to make a delicate story. Absolutely great.

  • A GREAT READA GREAT READCharlotte Wiskow

    I loved this book and couldn't put it down! I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Connie Lounsbury as she addressed out Christian Womens's group. She is a very inspirational speaker, and it was so interesting learning about her journey as a writer. I'm so glad I purchased the book and look forward to reading more of her works.

  • This is a must read – full of drama and heartfelt emotion.This is a must read – full of drama and heartfelt emotion.Cindy Johnson

    This is a must read - full of drama and heartfelt emotion. I had a hard time putting it down it was so good. I'm an avid reader and I have recommended this book to many of my friends and family. Even at the end, I wanted to keep reading. This would make a terrific movie !!!!!!!!!! This should be a best seller in my opinion.

  • Heart Breaking/Heart Warming Captivating StoryHeart Breaking/Heart Warming Captivating StoryKaren Kocer

    This is a book of a mother's love for her children, life's challenges, and corruption. It is a story embedded with both good and evil. It demonstrates the evil of those who chose to follow satan and the good of those who follow God. It is a story of family and of community. It is a love story, a mystery, a story about crime and a book about faith all wrapped into one. It is a very good read.

  • An Eye-opening Visit to the PastAn Eye-opening Visit to the PastDataherder

    Reading this book was like boarding a time machine and getting off in a small Minnesota town a hundred years ago. There's nothing sentimental about this story based on real events. The characters are completely three-dimensional—complex and believable. The technological and cultural details are woven in so skillfully the reader absorbs them unquestioningly. As a Minnesotan, I enjoyed the glimpse into the world my great-grandparents knew. As a human being, I was moved by this very compelling portrayal of a universal truth: as you reap, so shall you sow. The decisions made by the characters had inexorable consequences, some with huge repercussions.

  • A family heritage brought to lightA family heritage brought to lightPatricia Daly- Lipe

    I finally had time to read “Kathleen Creek’ and I was glued. No emotion was spared! I was happy, angry, concerned, profoundly absorbed with Irene’s life. You take the reader from happiness to hope, suspense, a state of anger to ultimate relief once the children were reassembled with Hank sharing the truth. But what a horrible life Irene had to lead and the issues of the day and area were fascinating. Your writing drives home every possible passion/sentiment in this story. Amazing, especially since it is based on a true story!

  • Wonderful read by a cozy fireWonderful read by a cozy fireConnie Buelow

    Great book...hard to put down! I love the fact that this book was fiction, based on fact. Connie got my attention from page 1 and kept it all the way to the end!

Book Details

Publisher: OakTara
Publication Date: February 12, 2014
Pages: 240, Paper
ISBN-10: 1602900779
ISBN-13: 978-1602900776
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches

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Author, Connie Lounsbury

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