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In 1954, awkward Gwen Hisel falls in love with the affable Willie Barnett on the dusty Oklahoma prairie. What follows is a harsh life for the two youngsters as they struggle to make the best of their difficult circumstances. Twenty years later, Sheila Hisel, daughter of Gwen and Willie, marries Darrel McAllister. But while her parents' love for one another had seen them through tribulation and adversity, Sheila's own marriage crumbles under the strain of hard times. Now, if Sheila's son, Lonnie, ever wants to succeed in love, he must unravel the mysteries of two very different relationships to discover the secret to true happiness.
Spanning three generations, Daisies is a stirring debut novel from a singular talent.
“It's brilliant! The detail, the emotion, and the journey Ruth takes is amazing. Josh has produced an epic piece of writing that I'm sure will resonate with readers all over the world."
-NICOLA MORIARTY, author THE FIFTH LETTER
"Heaven & Earth is outstanding . . . It’s a novel highly recommended not just for libraries and individuals seeking stories of spiritual and psychological growth, but for book clubs examining women’s lives and issues, religious lives and issues, and the heart of family changes that reach out and touch all with the promise of change and transformation.”
-DIANE DONOVAN, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"A probing literary story of scandal, faith, marriage, and duty . . . The reader witnesses [Ruth] at her most vulnerable, and it’s satisfying to see her begin to find her voice. The prose is crisp and engaging, alive with observations that ring true.”
-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (EDITOR'S PICK)
"Growing up on a farm, death is everywhere, but I've learned there is a death you cannot be prepared for. It has no face and no body and no form to speak of. It is the silent, floating, mirage of life that exists forever just out of reach until one day it's gone. Whisked away like a shape in a cloud, this unexpected loss of a life you thought you possessed startles you like nothing else could, makes the ground beneath you crumble to dust, leaves you floating in a grey gulf of uncertainty like none you could've imagined. Is anything real? Was anything ever?"
- Still the Night Call
"A majestic and melancholy story of farm life, politics, and unwanted decisions in an amazing Ozark landscape."
"Senter's impressive novel is a truthful, honestly told story... A candid tale that triumphantly understands the Midwestern psyche, delivering moments of beauty and tragedy."
KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)
"Insightful and thought-provoking... Senter's deft storytelling leads to an unexpected and fresh conclusion."