For six years Lukas Frye has fought to regain control of his reckless life. He comes to Kellerville, Ohio, hoping to settle down and be the man his ailing grandfather can depend on. Lukas thinks he can put down roots in a place unsullied by his past—until he sees Juliane Keller. Juliane knows the secrets that could ruin his chance of being accepted in the place he wants to call home. But she isn't just a reminder of his past; she's a woman with secrets of her own—and a heart capable of the forgiveness and love he needs.
|Publisher:||Steeple Hill Books|
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About the Author
Not long after she was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, her parents moved to Helena, Montana. This would be the first of many moves in her life. While growing up, she also lived in Billings, Montana, and Huron, South Dakota. She graduated from high school while her family lived in Spokane, Washington. She went back to Huron, South Dakota, to attend Dakota Bible College. Then she went on for more schooling at Milligan College in Tennessee. After graduating, she got a teaching job near Cincinnati, Ohio, where she met her husband two years later. They were married on Valentine's Day and had their wedding reception in Loveland, Ohio. No wonder Merrillee became a romance writer.
Her many moves as a child prepared her well for life with her husband. They started their married life in Greenfield, Ohio. Merrillee taught elementary school and her husband was a pharmacist at the local pharmacy. However, his work would eventually take them on a journey from small-town Ohio where their girls were born, to the cities of Atlanta, Boston, Dallas and Chicago. When her husband decided to start his own company, they moved to a resort area in Florida, a vacation paradise with the beach, tennis and golf right out her back door or just down the street. When Merrillee is not writing, she enjoys walking on the beach, playing tennis or doing a little yard work.
Living in so many different places has given Merrillee the opportunity to visit all fifty states. She traveled to her last state several years ago when she and her husband celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary with an Alaskan cruise. Now maybe you're wondering where her writing fits into all that moving and traveling. The moves have given her a lot of settings for her stories, and the chance to meet many other writers through the chapters of Romance Writers of America located in each place they lived.
Merrillee wrote her first novel and shared it with her friends when she was in high school, but many years passed before she thought about writing anything with publication in mind. In 1984, after reading dozens of romances, Merrillee decided to write one of her own. How hard could that be? Twenty years worth of writing taught her how hard the publishing business can be. During those years of writing, rewriting, lots of rejections and unkind critiques, there were numerous times when she was ready to quit--but she didn't. Through that time, Merrillee believes God was teaching her a lesson in perseverance. He was also teaching her to give her writing over to His will. Because Merrillee kept writing even when the hope of selling seemed far away, in July of 2003, Merrillee won the Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of America for her inspirational romance manuscript, A Place To Call Home. Merrillee didn't sell that Golden Heart winner, but on February 20, 2004, Merrillee got "THE CALL" and sold a different manuscript. The Heart's Homecoming will be published by Steeple Hill for their Love Inspired line in August 2005.
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