Longing for Home by Lisa M. Wayman Koehlerbooks ISBN 978-1-63393-235-7

Longing for Home opens in 1892. Seventeen year old Irena has traveled from Austria to Ellis Island to begin her new life. Her father has arranged for her to marry a man she has never met and they will live and work in Cheyenne, Wyoming. During their trip to Wyoming, tragedy strikes, changing Irena’s life once again. She finds life in America daunting. A new language, different customs, strained family relations and an uncertain future are, understandably, overwhelming. Then she becomes the victim of a violent crime. How can she survive in this country?

The author brings to the reader an exquisitely told story of survival, personal growth and the strength of the human spirit. The relationships between the well developed characters are emotionally stirring. Can they settle into a new future?

This is a moving, memorable and powerful story. There is much to be gained from reading it. Highly recommended.

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