An Unpresentable Glory

An Unpresentable Glory

by Eleanor K. Gustafson

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Overview

An Unpresentable Glory by Eleanor K. Gustafson

“I trusted you, and some day, you may know just how much you hold in your hands.”

Linda Jensen leads a relatively quiet life in Westchester County, New York, as the owner of a highly-acclaimed garden. Inherited from her parents, the garden is her pride and joy. What is not so joyful is finding a strange man sprawled near her delphiniums! The mysterious man is sick, unable to do anything more than drink water—and beg for secrecy. Ignoring all alarm bells, Linda sees to his needs, but her caring act takes on unexpected significance, an unpresentable glory.

Seeds of trust, and perhaps love, are planted in Linda’s garden haven. But as secrets are revealed and scandal hits the headlines, the act of caring for this man threatens to tarnish both of their reputations. Like weeds in Linda’s garden, circumstances threaten to choke out their fledgling relationship, and small moments prove to be the biggest influencers—on a national scale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620208427
Publisher: Emerald House Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Eleanor K. Gustafson has been publishing both fiction and nonfiction since 1978. Her short stories and articles appear in a number of national and local magazines. An Unpresentable Glory is her sixth novel. In many of her stories, Eleanor explores the cosmic struggle between good and evil in light of God’s overarching work of redemption. A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, she has been actively involved in church life as a minister's wife, teacher, musician, writer, and encourager. She has enjoyed a variety of experiences, from riding horses to building houses, all of which have helped bring color and humor to her fiction. She and her husband live in Massachusetts, where he taught philosophy for many years. They have traveled extensively, spend time with their three children and eight grandchildren, and enjoy camping at the family forest in Chester, Vermont.

What People are Saying About This

Award-winning author of A Conspiracy of Breath and Latter-day Cipher - Latayne C. Scott

“Gustafson’s literary treatment of a theme of redemption and restoration is set in a literal garden of delights. It is both a parable and a provocative contemporary story, crafted by a writer who is skilled, precise, and imaginative in her use of words.”

Author of Premium Mixed Nuts: An Anthology - Ralph D. James

“Eleanor Gustafson is a sensitive and skilled writer who has not only an authentic relationship with the Lord, but a powerful relationship with language. You feel the beauty of an enchanting Westchester garden and the bitter cold of a North Dakota winter as she deftly weaves a disparate cast of powerfully presented characters and settings into this tale of love, loss, redemption, and unpresentable service. Gustafson puts 1 Corinthians 12:22-27 into action in An Unpresentable Glory. Yah, you betcha!”

co-author of the bestselling Windy Gap Wishes series - Rachel L. Miller

“A story our weary world desperately needs . . . An intense and personal exploration of one woman’s journey of faith and the struggle to follow God’s leading in this modern world of ours.”

Author of Don’t Tell the Rabbi Series - Sigrid Fowler

“The lives of Jay and Linda twist and turn like paths in her garden—from light to shade, from a trollish darkness of injustice and fear, anger, grief, and regret, to the light of God’s love, forgiveness, and new life. Shock and uncertainty become epiphanies. Loose ends come together, the unpresentables make us pause and consider. The novel has substance, the style smooth as a current of cool water over rounded stones. A pleasure.”

Author of I Always Cry at Weddings - Sara Goff

“An Unpresentable Glory is a spiritual pilgrimage, a fairy tale, and a mystery all in one, but most of all it is a story about the unexpected miracles that come when you give of yourself for someone else. Eleanor Gustafson writes with humor and heart.”

From the Publisher

“A story our weary world desperately needs . . . An intense and personal exploration of one woman’s journey of faith and the struggle to follow God’s leading in this modern world of ours.”
—Rachel L. Miller,
co-author of the bestselling Windy Gap Wishes series “An Unpresentable Glory is a spiritual pilgrimage, a fairy tale, and a mystery all in one, but most of all it is a story about the unexpected miracles that come when you give of yourself for someone else. Eleanor Gustafson writes with humor and heart.”
—Sara Goff
Author of I Always Cry at Weddings “Eleanor Gustafson is a sensitive and skilled writer who has not only an authentic relationship with the Lord, but a powerful relationship with language. You feel the beauty of an enchanting Westchester garden and the bitter cold of a North Dakota winter as she deftly weaves a disparate cast of powerfully presented characters and settings into this tale of love, loss, redemption, and unpresentable service. Gustafson puts 1 Corinthians 12:22-27 into action in An Unpresentable Glory. Yah, you betcha!”
—Ralph D. James
Author of Premium Mixed Nuts: An Anthology “The lives of Jay and Linda twist and turn like paths in her garden—from light to shade, from a trollish darkness of injustice and fear, anger, grief, and regret, to the light of God’s love, forgiveness, and new life. Shock and uncertainty become epiphanies. Loose ends come together, the unpresentables make us pause and consider. The novel has substance, the style smooth as a current of cool water over rounded stones. A pleasure.”
—Sigrid Fowler
Author of Don’t Tell the Rabbi Series “Gustafson’s literary treatment of a theme of redemption and restoration is set in a literal garden of delights. It is both a parable and a provocative contemporary story, crafted by a writer who is skilled, precise, and imaginative in her use of words.”
—Latayne C. Scott
Award-winning author of A Conspiracy of Breath and Latter-day Cipher “In An Unpresentable Glory, Ellie Gustafson has spun another tale that will stay with the reader long after the last page has turned. This unlikely love story is as timely as the latest scandal out of Washington and as timeless as the long history of human tragedy.
“From the mystery of the opening pages through a myriad of twists and turns and surprises to the tantalizing questions of the epilogue, an intricate plot draws the reader ever deeper into the lives of Linda, “Jay,” and a sprawling cast of lovingly-drawn supporting characters.
“An Unpresentable Glory is not about politics, or gardening, or immigration, or marital love and honor; and yet all of these are here in rich and intriguing detail. Like the paths of a well-designed garden, Jay and Linda’s lives lead in unexpected directions, but ultimately point to the gracious hand of the God of mercy.”
—Sally Wilkins
Writer and Teacher “In An Unpresentable Glory, Gustafson weaves an intricate plot of unexpected twists and turns surrounding Kileenda Jensen and a stranger she finds sprawled in her renowned garden. God’s grace and providence govern every episode of this tale of searching and sacrifice that will leave the reader’s soul enriched.”
—Brenda Cox
Author of Tethered: The Life of Henrietta Hall Shuck, The First American Woman Missionary to China (Finalist for Best Books Award and Foreword INDIES Award)

Author, Finalist for Best Books Award and Foreword INDIES Award - Brenda Cox

“In An Unpresentable Glory, Gustafson weaves an intricate plot of unexpected twists and turns surrounding Kileenda Jensen and a stranger she finds sprawled in her renowned garden. God’s grace and providence govern every episode of this tale of searching and sacrifice that will leave the reader’s soul enriched.”

Writer and Teacher - Sally Wilkins

“In An Unpresentable Glory, Ellie Gustafson has spun another tale that will stay with the reader long after the last page has turned. This unlikely love story is as timely as the latest scandal out of Washington and as timeless as the long history of human tragedy.

“From the mystery of the opening pages through a myriad of twists and turns and surprises to the tantalizing questions of the epilogue, an intricate plot draws the reader ever deeper into the lives of Linda, “Jay,” and a sprawling cast of lovingly-drawn supporting characters.

“An Unpresentable Glory is not about politics, or gardening, or immigration, or marital love and honor; and yet all of these are here in rich and intriguing detail. Like the paths of a well-designed garden, Jay and Linda’s lives lead in unexpected directions, but ultimately point to the gracious hand of the God of mercy.”

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