Ella McFarland’s dream is a teaching position at Worthington School for Girls. But scandal clouds her family name and may limit her to a life of grueling farm labor in the Indian Territory. Her fate lies in the hands of the Worthington board, and there happens to be one strikingly handsome man with a vote. Will they overlook the illegitimate son recently borne by her sister, Viola?
1905 brings hope of Oklahoma statehood and the woman’s suffrage debate is raging, forcing Ella to make decisions about her faith, family, and aspirations. When she comes to the rescue of a young, abused sharecropper’s daughter, her calling begins to take shape in ways she never imagined. Education is Ella’s passion, but a new love is budding in her heart. Can she find God’s will amidst the tumultuous storm that surrounds her?
A story of family and faith in 1905 Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood, a time when women's voices were silenced in public and often stifled at home.
Award Winner of JERRY B. JENKINS OPERATION FIRST NOVEL 2014 Award Winner of ACFW CAROL AWARD in Debut Category 2016
... Linda handles every nuance with the aplomb of a veteran ... It's her first, but I'm confident it won't be her last. ~ Jerry B. Jenkins ... Davis knits together an intricate, multi-level tale, leaving open threads for more ... a book where the author and the characters share flesh and blood and story, and the reader gets folded right in. ~ Allison Pittman ... a complex character ... with ... convictions ... tethered by ... human frailties ... I found myself transported to turn-of-the-century Oklahoma Indian Territory through Davis's meticulous attention to detail. ~ Kelly Irvin A masterful story... ~ DiAnn Mills A fascinating love story ... thoughtfully written ... historically accurate ... featuring important themes. This debut novel will satisfy on many levels. ~ Jan Watson