The Only Best Place

(Holmes Crossing #1)

by Carolyne Aarsen

Book Cover: The Only Best Place
ISBN: B0186GF43C
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780994049810
Pages: 266

When her husband moves her and their two children from her great career and her life in the big city to his boyhood home to help with the struggling family farm, Leslie feels disoriented and lost. Her five year plan had never included being a farmer's wife, feeding chickens and finding her way through the extended family interactions. But her and Dan’s marriage was on shaky ground and Leslie hopes taking a break from their previous life will help them rekindle their love for each other.

But when Dan hints that the move might be permanent, she has to make hard decisions. As she faces questions about her marriage and her faith in a God she didn't know much of before, Leslie has to struggle to find the only best place for her heart.


Praise for The Only Best Place

“Carolyne Aarsen’s lonely protagonist, Leslie, may be someone you will love-or she may be someone you actually are. A confused wife, trying to see the sky, she is stranded in her husband’s Eden. And the serpents would absolutely love to have a chat.” Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of Cage of Stars and The Deep End of the Ocean

Publisher’s Weekly:
The heroine of this charming novel, the first in a series, is Leslie VandeKeere, who unhappily follows her husband hundreds of miles. There, they will be helping out on his family farm for a year, after which the VandeKeeres plan to return to their glitzier urban life….. readers will find themselves feeling sympathetic for, and seeing things from the viewpoint of, nearly every character…this promising new series in Christian fiction is sure to find many fans. (Sept. 18) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

“Okay, I’m hooked. Carolyne Aarsen writes for every woman who has said yes with her mouth but not her heart, who has led the comfort and safety of the known and stepped (mentally kicking and screaming) into the unknown.” - Neta Jackson, author of the Yada, Yada Prayer Group novels
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Reviews:Michelle on Goodreads wrote:

This book is about Leslie, a wife and mother of two small children. We see both the positive and negative sides of her through her dialogue and her thoughts. Her husband has wondered from place to place looking for the job he fits into. They are forced to move back to his family farm after Dan's step father leaves his mother. Leslie doesn't want to live on a far, and makes Dan promise it will only be for one year. She prepares herself to face her one-year sentence the best she can.

Several things come to light as we read through this story. Leslie and Dan's marriage has suffered badly and we see it through their constant fights and very few sweet moments. It becomes clear that something has to give or they'll become another statistic. Dan's getting a little involved with another woman didn't help their marriage any, but Leslie has decided she wanted no details and wanted to just forgive him and move on. But it becomes clear that a problem swept under the rug is a problem still there.

Leslie's in-laws are another act of contention in her life. She can't stand them because they are overbearing.

I can see both Dan and Leslie's side of this story and my heart goes out to both of them. The fault laid on both sides. Dan did some things wrong, but Leslie did as well. My favorite part was watching everything get tot he point of a blow out and then the aftermath. It was a romance of a married couple. I can't wait to read the sister's story.




Carolyne Aarsen / November 2015 / Indie

About the Author

CAROLYNE AARSEN is a blessed to have sincere Christian parents and to be married to a committed Christian husband. But her first love was always fiction.

Because of her isolation from any kind of writing group, Carolyne learned to write by trial and error and by taking correspondence courses while she and her husband were raising their four natural children and the numerous foster children that came through their home. She documented the fun and foibles of their life in a weekly humor column carried in a number of Alberta newspapers.

In April 1997 she was thrilled to hear that her hard work had paid off with a contract with Steeple Hill Love Inspired books. EVER FAITHFUL, her second book for the Love Inspired line, won the Toronto Romance Writers Golden Opportunity Contest for unpublished writers. Her ninth book, TWIN BLESSINGS, received four-and-a-half stars from Romantic Times Magazine. Since then she has published a number of books. Her stories reflect a love of God, family, rural Canadian life and a profound appreciation of God's creation and how He constantly calls His children to Himself. She hopes and prays that in her writing she can show how people's weaknesses are covered by Christ's strength. Her dream is to make Christ's sacrifice accessible to people of all ages and places through the lives of her characters.

Though she grew up in a city, she considers herself a full-fledged country person. When she's not writing, she's helping her husband with his logging business, their herd of cows, their horses and their chickens that managed to escape the clutches of the coyotes and owls. They are also involved with the youth in their church. You can find her website at

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