Jem confronts the hardship of life on the frontier, and meets God in the process. Will her new faith survive tragedy?
71,000 words, CBA guidelines
Spoiled society girl Jem has it all – money, a fine house, a handsome husband she worships, and a sweet baby boy. But when her family fortunes turn, Jem’s husband, Seth, leads her to a new home – a sod house on a Nebraska homestead. Jem faces a servantless existence for the first time. Only Seth’s threat to send her home -- without their infant son -- finally convinces her to perform the work “of a domestic.” Side-by-side with Seth, she reluctantly confronts mud, livestock, prairie fires, dangerous illnesses, and isolation. Her faith grows from a shallow weekly ritual to a deepening awareness of God’s hand in her life. She ultimately begins to savor her new identity as a capable woman and partner in her marriage. But when the history-making Children’s Blizzard sweeps across the land, Jem’s confidence, her marriage, and her new-found faith in God are put to the ultimate test. COMPLETED.