The Silver Lining

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This story received 10th place in the 79th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition in the mainstream/literary short story category. It is a bitter-sweet story of an elderly woman who remembers one afternoon with her daughter. People who enjoy Hans Christian Anderson's work, such as "The Steadfast Tin Soldier and "The Little Match Girl," will love this touching story.
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Words: 1,280
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465949219
About Janet Nitsick

Acclaimed author Janet Syas Nitsick publications include "The Silver Lining," a 10th place Writer's Digest contest winning story (a free read on; best of year book, Seasons of the Soul; five-star, historical romance, Lockets and Lanterns, anthology, Bride by Arrangement, and newest release, Courtships and Carriages.

Her current work in progress with release date of June 2015 is titled, When the Whistle Blows. It is the second anthology, A Groom's Promise, with Ruth Ann Nordin, including two separate novellas. This is a follow-up to the book, Bride by Arrangement.

Courtships and Carriages is a sweet-Christian romance. Two proposals which will she choose? Find out in this historical novel, Courtships and Carriages, which includes suspense and intrigue when a trunkful of mayoral ballots comes up missing.

Lockets and Lanterns is an inspiring and gripping tale. It takes readers back to the 1900s when life was simpler, but sustaining love was just as difficult. (HIs secret ... Her broken heart.)

Bride by Arrangement is an anthology with two novellas. Ruth Ann Nordin wrote The Purchased Bride and Jane Syas Nitsick wrote the novella, She Came by Train. In She Came by Train, Opal Preston leaves Virginia for the desolate land of Lincoln, Neb., in the spring of 1876 to become the governess of two children of a widower businessman. Her employer and a preacher from Virginia vie for her affections but only her heart will determine if she returns that way.

Seasons of the Soul, a book similar to Chicken Soup for the Soul books, includes faith stories and a spattering of personal accounts about the author's two different autistic sons - one high-functioning and verbal and the other low-functioning and nonverbal.

The author is a former journalist and language arts teacher. She is the daughter of late Nebraska State Sen. George Syas. Janet earned her bachelor of arts degree from Omaha’s College of Saint Mary as a nontraditional student.

Visit Janet's Web site: for more information about her and her books.

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Review by: Johanna DeBiase on July 07, 2012 :
Sweet story. Needs more character development.
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Review by: Hannah Bolin on Jan. 23, 2012 :
Oh my goodness, this brought tears to my eyes.
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Review by: Deb Robinson on May 24, 2011 :
Touching on many levels.
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Review by: Earleen Smith on Feb. 18, 2011 :
This is a well-written, emotional account. I agree with Ruth who recommends a tissue. So much said in such a short time. I highly suggest this quick read to anyone.
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Review by: Miriam Smith on Feb. 17, 2011 :
Beautifully written. The memory of her child is so vividly described and her emotions are fairly dripping from the story. Great writing. Thank you for such a great story.
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Review by: Ruth Ann Nordin on Feb. 17, 2011 :
Warning: bring a tissue with you when you read this story. It's about an old woman who opens her small box to look at a paper heart. As she looks at it, she remembers the day her special needs child made it. I won't give away more and spoil it, but you definitely need to have a tissue on hand when reading it because it'll bring tears to your eyes. It's definitely bittersweet.
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