The Calling of Ella McFarland

(A Novel)

Book Cover: The Calling of Ella McFarland
ISBN: 9781941291221
Pages: 376
Pages: 292

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 ACFW CAROL AWARD in Debut Category 2016 


Publisher: Mountainview Books
... 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








About the Author

Linda Brooks Davis, a Jerry B. Jenkins Operation First Novel award-winning author, pens stories inspired by her ancestors’ lives of faith and grit, tales that testify to the hope and healing found in Jesus.​

Linda was born and reared on a farm in small-town Raymondville in the southernmost tip of Texas. She attended Abilene Christian University where she earned a degree in speech pathology in 1968. While maintaining a forty-year career in public schools, Linda reared a daughter and son who are now veterinarians in practice together. As the eldest student in her post-graduate class, she earned a Master’s degree from Houston Baptist University in 2002.

Now retired, Linda lives in Central Texas with her husband. When not writing, Linda dotes on her six beautiful grandchildren, serves in lay ministry at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, reads, and explores genealogy.

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