Wanda Luttrell is a veteran novelist with over 16 books to her credit, including The Legacy of Drennan’s Crossing, In the Shadow of the White Rose, The Dandelion Killer, Keeping Christmas, the youth historical fiction series Sarah’s Journey and The Journey of Hannah. Three exciting new novels, Straight on to Murder, House at Devil’s Bend, and The Season for Miracles are ready for publication. She lives with her husband John on the banks of Stoney Creek just outside Kentucky’s small capital city of Frankfort, and often writes with her home state in mind.
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The View from October
Life has been pictured as a road that leads from the innocent Spring of childhood through the lush Summer of youth into the winding down of Autumn and, finally, culminates in the Winter of old age. The inspiring, upbeat stories in this collection focus on that milestone in life’s road where we are looking back at Summer or forward into Winter—The View from October.
The House of Elnora Garland
When the Marsh family moved into the old Garland mansion, Jan Marsh laughed at rumors that the big house's other owners had been killed or driven insane by the ghost of a woman suicide. Then she heard footsteps and moans, and the heady odor of lavender lingered in the halls. Should Jan pack up and run from her terrors or should she challenge the beautiful, but threatening lady in gray?
In the Shadow of the White Rose
When Amanda Farris saw the weathered gray house at Deserter’s Creek, she had to buy it. But the county clerk said that house had burned to the ground long ago. What had Amanda seen? A mirage or evidence of an unseen power? Was the place haunted by the spirit of Lucretia Adams who died tragically 100 years ago? In the process of finding out, Amanda found herself entangled in unspeakable things.
Shadows on Stoney Creek
Sarah dreams of opening Stoney Creek's first school. She'd even like girls to attend! But strange things are happening. The fire in the schoolroom is blazing when they arrive. Food and clothing disappear from settlers' homes. There are threats of wildcats, Indians, blizzards. Still, the determined Sarah vows, with God's help, she won't let whatever is lurking in the shadows steal her dream.
Whispers in Williamsburg
Sarah knows something is going on in Williamsburg besides the war. Her uncle, who is against slavery,just bought three slaves. There are ghostly lights in the empty house on Waller Street. And she keeps hearing the code, "John 3:19," whispered in the streets. She has made a new committment to God, but her old head-strong curiosity leads her into life-threatening danger. Is God still with her?
Reunion in Kentucky
Sarah’s best friend in Williamsburg, the freed slave Marcus, long ago lost his wife and son to slave traders. He believes they are in Kentucky. Returning to Kentucky to care for her ailing mother,Sarah vows she’ll find Marcus's family. What she doesn’t plan on finding are non-stop Indian raids, extremely harsh living conditions,and a new understanding of what it means to be a child of God.
Stranger in Williamsburg
The American Revolution is in full swing, and Sarah Moore finds herself right in the middle of it. When she returned to Virginia to live with her aunt’s family and learn from their tutor, she certainly had no plans to get involved with a possible spy! With a war going on, her family back in Kentucky, and people choosing sides all around, Sarah begins to wonder if she can trust anyone—even God!
Home on Stoney Creek
The cry for freedom is spreading through the colonies calling many people to war, but Sarah's family feels called to a new, untamed wilderness called Kentucky. Kentucky doesn't feel much like freedom to Sarah, however, with its harsh living conditions and non-stop Indian raids. She can't understand why God didn't answer her prayers to stay in Virginia, and she vows she'll return some day.
The Legacy of Drennan's Crossing
The growing friendship between a young boy and an old man during WWI is disrupted by murder in their small community on the banks of the Kentucky River. Struggling to come to terms with evil, the boy questions God’s role in the scheme of things, and his own purpose in the world. Then he discovers something stronger than death, more powerful than hate—the legacy of Drennan’s Crossing.
The Journey of Hannah
Eleven-year-old Hannah is sold as a slave to a kind Georgia family, but tragedy strikes and Hannah is sold again, this time to cruel tavern owners in Kentucky who beat her often. Hannah runs away, but if she is caught, she could be killed! Should Hannah return to her cruel owners? Can they be persuaded to sell her to caring Miss Rachel next door, or must Hannah continue to live a life of misery?
Faced with spending Christmas alone, two widows resolve to leave the holiday hustle to others.
But as the simple joys of the holiday surround Loraine, will she relent and share good will with her neighbors and the less fortunate? And will elderly Mary Martha's classified ad to sell some old furniture entangle her in the life of young Charlie Justice, who needs more than a dining room table?
The Dandelion Killer
A brutal murder in a small southern town plunges successful entrepreneur Elayna Evans into a storm of danger and uncertainty. Is an old friend truly looking out for her when he urges that she declare her missing husband legally dead? Does a new acquaintance know a secret about that missing husband? And is her lifelong friend, the man with the mind of an eight-year-old, truly capable of murder?