The Silver Lining

Rated 4.57/5 based on 7 reviews
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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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 Christian romance; Her Husband's Secret (formerly published as Lockets and Lanterns); and the Great Plains Series: Courtships and Carriages, The Bride List and When Hearts Rekindle.

Sweet, clean, Christian historical romance. Great Plains Series: Courtships and Carriages, first in the series. Two proposals which one will Gwen choose? The Bride List, second in the series. Will Annie Lee win the man she desires? When Hearts Rekindle, third and last in the series. Can two lost souls find forever love?

Anthologies with Ruth Ann Nordin include Bride by Arrangement (Janet's story is She Came by Train) and second in series A Groom's Promise (Janet's story is When the Whistle Blows).

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.

When the Whistle Blows, Hugh Warren paces outside the depot, waiting to see if his love, Winifred Preston, will step off the train to meet him. He only had himself to blame for his predicament. Could she give him another chance? He did not know. Heart in his throat, he looks this way and that hoping against hope she did not already marry the beau back in Virginia.

Her Husband's Secret (formerly titled, 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.)

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.

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Reviews of The Silver Lining by Janet Nitsick

Radhe Krishna reviewed on Feb. 14, 2018

Very touching.
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Johanna DeBiase reviewed on July 7, 2012

Sweet story. Needs more character development.
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Hannah Bolin reviewed on Jan. 23, 2012

Oh my goodness, this brought tears to my eyes.
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Deb Robinson reviewed on May 24, 2011

Touching on many levels.
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Earleen Smith reviewed 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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Miriam Smith reviewed 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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Ruth Ann Nordin reviewed 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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