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Katherine Bains lost everything when her parents died of consumption in England and she was shunted off to Canada to live with an aunt she never knew. Once she met and married Frank McLean, however, she thought her pain and sadness were gone forever. Then a tragic fire destroys her house and takes the life of her precious infant son. Katherine, Frank, and their two daughters must leave their home and start anew in frigid, rough lumberjack territory. Long ago, she'd abandoned any faith in a God who would allow such devastation and despair to happen. But when catastrophe and heartbreak tail the family and a series of events finds Katherine frightened and hopeless in the deep north wilderness, she discovers she has never been alone. God's mercy is always near, and help comes in the most unexpected ways. When we lose everything we most love, we begin to find what we most need. Footprints Under the Pines tells the story of one woman's loss and recovery, heartbreak and renewal, defeat and ultimate victory-and her long journey home to a loving Father. "Dawn Batterbee Miller is a fresh new voice in Christian fiction, introducing readers to the exciting and challenging logging world of the Midwest backwoods in the late eighteen nineties. Footprints Under the Pines is a fast-paced story of adventure, romance, and danger that will quickly draw readers in and hold them from first page to last-and leave them wanting more. Highly recommended!" -Kathi Macias, www.kathimacias.com, Award-winning author/speaker Coming from New Hope Publishers in 2008-2009: How Can I Run a Tight Ship When I'm Surrounded by Loose Cannons?, A Higher Calling: Modeling a Your-First Love in a Me-First World, Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers Today "Dawn Miller's Footprints Under the Pines could have been lifted right out of Th e Petoskey News-Review of 1897. With characters you just can't forget and a plot that keeps you turning pages, this book is a must-read for anyone who enjoys pioneer Americana. Miller's graphic depictions of life in northern Michigan's lumbering era make you almost wish you were there-until the tall load falls and everyone runs for their lives. Or someone is sick and the medical establishment has yet to be established. Or a little girl . . . oops, I'd better not go there. But you should, if a quiet evening, a good cup of coffee and a heartwarming story are your cup of tea. Thanks, Dawn Batterbee Miller, for Footprints Under the Pines. Now I wonder, what could you do for a sequel? -Dr. Curtis Alexander, Associate Editor, Missionary Church Today magazine
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About the Author
DAWN BATTERBEE MILLER is the author of God’s Family Tree, published in 1994 by Church Growth Institute, and numerous articles published worldwide in various Christian periodicals. For several years she served as editor and publisher of Women in Ministry, a denominational women’s paper. She is also a public school teacher and holds master’s degrees in education and communication arts. Dawn is uniquely equipped to write about nineteenth-century lumber camps. Having been raised in deep woods territory, she grew up steeped in family stories and the local lore of the lumberjack.