Candace Hennekens was born in Wisconsin, U.S.A. and always knew she wanted to be a writer. She earned her B.S. degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A., and went on to a career in employee communications, public relations, training and development and human resources management. She has continued her writing throughout her life, working with the personal essay, poetry, and fiction genres. She has authored three self-help books for women. Healing Your Life: Recovery from Domestic Abuse has been sold in every state of the United States, and internationally. Twenty-one years later the book continues to help women who have been abused heal and lead happy, satisfying lives. Her second book dealing with career planning is available in print only. Her third self-help book, There's a Rainbow in my Glass of Lemonade, is available in print or as a bonus book to Healing Your Life. Ms. Hennekens' current writing focus is fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Melpomene’s Hand is her first published novel. She lives on a 240 farm with her wonderful husband and their two cats. In addition to writing, Ms. Hennekens is an accomplished painter. She has two stores on the popular etsy site called swallownest.etsy.com and catknack.etsy.com. In the summer, the old hayloft on the farm has been converted to serve as an art gallery where she shows her work. Her art studio is located in the old milk house. Ms. Hennekens has been in many local and regional art shows and illustrated the 2011 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets' Calendar.
Sweet Farm of Mineby Candace Hennekens
The setting for Sweet Farm of Mine is the American Midwest, a small town in Wisconsin. This is where Ruth returns when she discovers she wants a more meaningful life. The road she chooses with her father Arlan, to buy and farm Old Charlie's place, gives her plenty of challenges to test her mettle. She also discovers a way of life that is in harmony with nature,
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The setting for Sweet Farm of Mine is the American Midwest, a small town in Wisconsin. This is where Ruth returns when she discovers she wants a more meaningful life. The road she chooses with her father Arlan, to buy and farm Old Charlie's place, gives her plenty of challenges to test her mettle. She also discovers a way of life that is in harmony with nature, where life is lived by the seasons, where food comes from soil, and where no good thing is easy. Her friendship forged with Old Charlie will change her forever. Divorced, unhappy, and looking for something better to base her life upon, Ruth rediscovers her roots. At first, Ruth joins in her father's long held dream to make a living from the land. But then the transformation she least expects begins, and before long, Ruth begins finding her way back to a life lived from the heart. This is the story of Ruth and Arlan and the people they meet on the journey. Country scenes such as Charlie's auction, a country picnic, and seasonal blessings are literary set pieces. Full of joy and sorrow, drama and serenity, challenges and pleasures, Ruth's journey will become your journey too.
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