About the Book
After duty as an ambulance driver in World War I, Ellie Morgan returns to Chicago to take up her share of the work in her grandparents’ department store. Ellie doesn’t want to alienate her family or disappoint them, but despite a six year effort to settle in, she feels increasingly trapped in store routine. Meanwhile, her grandmother urges her to marry a local politician and help him succeed in his chosen field. Ellie’s grandfather, however, wants to see her happy and independent. “Go West, young woman, go west,” he advises paraphrasing a popular quotation of the day. So with Granddad’s help, Ellie secures a job on a ranch in Colorado and sets out to prove that she has the necessary character to succeed at a third vocation.
When Aldon Leitzinger meets Ellie’s train in Clifton Colorado, he introduces himself as the foreman of the ranch. But the more people Ellie meets in the community, the more apparent it becomes that she is in demand to fill a number of roles for which she is not prepared. Desperate to prove herself, she settles in to please everyone, a task that puts her at risk of failure in every attempt at finding a new and happier life.
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About the Author
DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn. She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”
DiVoran has five prizes for five people! First to go will be the beautiful art cards and then we’ll have the two eBooks. Enter below:
Enrico and Molly
Interviewer: Dodson Swark of the Denver Daily Dust
Blue Spruce Ranch
Interviewer: I am here in the old fashioned, Victorian parlor at Spruce Creek Ranch for an interview with Miss Molly, the Solano’s cook and housekeeper, and Senor Enrico, Senor Solano’s grandson.
Senor Enrico, how long have you been in America?
Enrico: This my first time I have come to America. My grandfather left me at school in Switzerland when the Great War began, and although the war has been over for six years, he has only now taken the trouble to send for me.
Interviewer: And Miss Molly, how long have you been here?
Molly: Sure’n I was born right here in this valley. In fact, my mother refused to go to town for the first thirteen years of my life, and she wouldn’t let me go either. Dad or a hired person had to do all the shopping, but we didn’t need many groceries because we had our own beef, milk, chickens, eggs…and were able to raise most of the other food we ate. I did walk three miles, rain or snow to the country school. I got all the way through school with my cousin, Nancy Leitzinger. When we finished eighth grade, she got her teacher’s certificate and I stayed home with mother.
After the war, I moved into the Leitzinger ranch to help out with the boys, cooking, house-cleaning, and laundry. I’ve been here ever since.
Interviewer: Thank you Miss Molly. Now, Mr. Enrico, do you have any plans for your future?
Enrico: I will stay here and learn the ranching business so that I someday may be a rancher. Grandfather is very old, you see, and since I am his only living relative, except for his wife, of course, I want to inherit the ranch. They don’t have any children, you know and aren’t likely to have any.
Interviewer: Miss Molly will you stay if Enrico takes over the ranch?
Miss Molly: Well, my stars and garters. He’s just a lyin’ in his teeth! Senor Solano don’t even own the ranch. Aldon and his brother, the one working in Hollywoodland, own it. Aldon is a temporary foreman because the ranch needed some help after the war and all.
Interviewer: Senor Enrico, do you have an alternate plan?
Senor Enrico: You see me frowning because I do not at all like such surprises. Why did not someone tell me this before? I have been here half the summer already. I have had nothing to do but dance with the ladies in Senora’s suite all day and ride around on the terrible roads and they won’t even let me drive. I must go to the public house in the evenings because the men there want to hear me sing and I am learning to play the poker. I am going to be a famous opera singer. Just wait. I will be onstage at La Scala in Milan before you even know I’m gone from here.
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