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Living a life of faith isn’t going the way Logan and Karen hoped until some special visitors arrive and offer them their future back.
Karen Millerson dreamed of teaching high school but now finds herself boarding with a farm family and teaching country school. She is engaged to marry Logan De Witt and is getting prepared to share in ministry with him. But when she gets blamed for the tragic fire at the school, Karen’s future grows uncertain.
Logan De Witt is working to clear his family’s name with the bank. But when he breaks his leg, hindering his ability to work the farm, Logan is faced with life-changing decisions. When his best friend can’t offer the help he requested, can Logan find a way to care for his family and court Karen at the same time before his love for her destroys all of them?
Other Books in the Series
When Logan De Witt learns of his father’s sudden death, he returns home to the family’s dairy farm. During his stay, he discovers his mother’s struggle with finances and his younger sister’s struggle with grief. Concern for his family presses Logan to make the difficult decision to leave his career as a pastor and stay on the farm. As a way to make some extra money, he agrees to board the teacher for their local school.
Karen Millerson arrives from Chicago ready to teach high school but her position is eliminated so she accepts the role of country school teacher. Eager to put her family’s ugly past behind her, Karen begins a new career to replace the trust she lost in her own father who had been in ministry when she was a child.
Logan and Karen both sense a call from the Lord to serve him, but neither of them expected that one day they would do it together.
Can Karen learn to trust again? Will Logan lay aside his grief in exchange for God’s purpose for his life?
About the Author
Michelle De Bruin lives in Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. She has a bachelor’s degree in Religion with a Christian Ministry emphasis, and in Music. Michelle is the spiritual services provider for an organization that offers services for people with mental and physical disabilities. She has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) since 2015. Michelle writes inspirational historical romance about people who live in rural communities. Characters that bring to life the delights of farm and small-town living, whispers of Dutch heritage, and Christian faith make Michelle’s stories distinct. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always on the lookout for glimpses of God’s love through the window of a good story. Her first book, Hope for Tomorrow, released in 2018. The sequel, Promise for Tomorrow, released November 2019.
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The Inspiration and Research for Promise for Tomorrow
The inspiration for this book, and for the entire Tomorrow series begins with the creation of the heroine of the story, Karen Millerson, who is a schoolteacher. She is from Chicago and has the training to teach English at a high school level. This character is based on my grandmother, Elizabeth Van Zante. She grew up during the 1920’s and then accomplished the completion of her college education during the depression, earning her a bachelor’s degree in math and Latin. She went on to teach math at two different high schools before marrying my grandfather in 1947.
Grandma Elizabeth made the statement in an era when women had less opportunities than they do today that women could pursue a college education as well as a career, and she did it in a time when finances were challenging.
She also knew her Scriptures, and spent time teaching them to me. We worked together on learning how to memorize using The ABC Memory Plan published by the Bible Memory Association International, copyright 1969. This plan was geared toward children through the illustrations in the book and the system they used that matched a letter of the alphabet with Bible verses in which the first word of the verse began with that particular letter. I believe this early instruction in the Word of God is what aided my discernment to a call to ministry in my high school years, and the eventual completion of my religion major, earning me a bachelor’s degree at the same liberal arts college my grandmother attended so many years before.
The hero of the story also has significance. He embodies my Dutch heritage and portrays the values my family and my Dutch community hold of living out our faith in the world while doing the work of our vocation. I saw this play out in my childhood as my dad, grandfather, and uncles were both farmers and church leaders. They cared for the land and lived out their faith. The loved their families and loved the Lord. I owe much to them, so it is the least I can do to write stories that bring their values and the essence of their characters to life.
Two areas needed researched in order to write an accurate story from the early 20th century. The first area was clothing styles and the second was country schools. Clothing styles in the year 1910 were of the Edwardian style. The heroine is from a wealthy family in Chicago, so she would have worn stylish clothing of a high quality. I created a pinterest board of Edwardian fashion to help me develop a character accurate for the time period. Here is the link to that board if you would like to take a look: https://www.pinterest.com/MichelleDB40/boards/
The second area of research I needed to explore was country schools. There are a few in the area where I live that have been preserved and our local library has documentation on them. This is where I started with my research. Living history farms are also good places to learn about country schools. I’ve had the opportunity to go inside furnished schools and look around while on a tour with a guide who tells about the history and challenges facing the teachers of country schools. Many times, they were young women in their teenage years or early twenties doing the job alone and responsible for a large group of children of all ages who may have even spoken other languages better than English.
I also discovered that the earliest school buildings did not have basements. In my first book, Hope for Tomorrow, a windstorm moves through the countryside one afternoon while the teacher is alone with the students in the building. They would have had to crouch under desks for protection.