While working in Cambridge, England, Meara Connor meets handsome Adam Carson, a young American Air Force Corporal. After a brief courtship, they marry. Adam’s unit is transferred back to the States. He takes his bride, raised in the green, frequently overcast, terrain of Ireland to a base near the desert-like, always sunny, town of Lancaster, Calif.
Both struggle to adapt to the changes in their lives. Adam wonders if he married too youg, while Meara works to become a good wife as she adjust to her new environment. How each handle these changes brings conflict into their lives.
A middle-age, childless couple and an old American Indian come into Meara’s life when she is forced to cope with unwanted changes and new additions in her life.
Author Sharon Poppen has put together a collection of her short stories Just For You, her readers. Some are funny, some are sad, some are sweet, some feature the dark side of human nature and some are just plain eerie. While most are pure fiction created from Poppen’s imagination, some are fiction based on fact. Several of the stories have won writing awards for the author. For the most part, they are quick reads for the busy reader during a work break, commuting or while sitting in a waiting room or for the reader that enjoys a late night read before slipping off into the land of Nod. So sit back, relax and treat yourself to the variety of people, places and things in this book of many stories.
Book 5 of the Farrell Family Saga
The Farrell family is once again faced with another round of personal, professional and emotional challenges. And again, what happens to one Farrell family member affects every Farrell from grandparent to grandchild. Family dynamics are challenged when the titles of uncle, brother, son, and nephew are challenged.
This tale of the Farrell family saga deals with the triumphs and trials of the grandsons of Michael and Lita, Josh and Andy. These two young men are forced to deal with long suppressed family secrets that put relationships at risk as family loyalty is questioned and challenged.
Added to the turmoil, is the idiocy and trauma of a pending war that alters career choices, home sites and even their very physical existences. Just as during the U.S. Civil War, when brothers had to leave home to defend what they believed in, this new generation of Farrells is forced into unwelcome actions and reactions that separate families. Their daily lives of ranchers below the beautiful Grand Tetons of Wyoming are left behind. Circumstances force them into action against an enemy, taking them into an air and land warfare in the Far East.
This generation of Farrells, must learn to pilot airplanes and handle weapons of war far more deadly than their usual weaponry of a rifle holstered on the saddle of their horses. They face challenging of horrific loses and garner unwanted memories that threaten to take down an entire generation of Farrells.
I hope this family continues to touch your heart and that you’ll want to read on to discover how this next Farrell generation copes with the changing times as they search for their generation of love, happiness and peace in their lives.
Book 4 of the Farrell Family Saga
This book takes the Farrell family into the next generation as it focuses on two of Michael & Lita’s sons, Stephen & John. When Stephen brings his city born, wife from the security of Washington D.C. out into the Wyoming wilderness, the stage is set for action and reaction. Family loyalties are challenged and, as always, what happens to one Farrell affects the entire clan. Oaths are threatened and brotherhood is tested as readers follow this family in their continual pursuit of justice and peace in their lives.
Book 3 of the Farrell Family Saga
The Farrell clan has moved on from their days of avenging wartime atrocities. They are now responsible ranchers working their herds amid the wilderness beauty of verdant meadows and untamed mountain streams beneath Wyoming’s Grand Teton Mountains.
Deborah’s Story revisits the relationship of the youngest Farrell brother, Danny, and his estranged wife, Deborah. The former lovers are presented with an opportunity, or risk, in dealing with a chance for reconciliation. But, as with all opportunities or risks, situations arise that bring challenges.
In Deborah’s Story these challenges include dealing with a resentful and jealous daughter, a stepson hell bent on becoming his own man and skepticism from members of the Farrell brothers.
The author’s hope is that this family continues to touch your hearts and that readers will enjoy reading how the brothers fare as husbands, fathers and ranchers in this rambunctious continuation of the Farrell Family adventures.
Book 2 of the Farrell Family Saga
In After the War, Before the Peace – Book 1 the saga of the Farrell Family began.
In Lita-Going Home, the Farrell Family has moved on from their days of avenging wartime atrocities and are preparing to relocate to an area near Jackson, Wyoming. Michael Farrell has married Lita Villasenor and they are expecting a baby. Michael has Lita’s full support in the move from Mexico to Wyoming, but Michael feels that she needs one last visit to her family before making the move.
Against discouragement from the family, he and his brother, Joe, embark on a journey down into Mexico where moments of both happiness and horror challenge that decision. I hope this family continues to touch your heart and that you’ll want to read on to see how the brothers fare as husbands, fathers and ranchers in this rambunctious continuation of the Farrell Family adventures.
Recently discharged Viet Nam veteran Danny Lawrence was back in Sparta, Texas after serving two years in the Army. Drafted shortly after high school, he was now ready to take his place in the family ranching business, find a wife and start a family.
It was June 1971 and it seemed everyone had come home for summer. Most of the local girls were already married, but several had gone away to colleges. At a July 4th dance at the local armory, a former classmate and much sought after high school cheerleader spotted Danny and asked him to dance. She had just finished her junior year at an Ivy League university back east and had brought some friends home for a taste of Texas hospitality. She insisted Danny meet them.
One look at Amy Harrington swept Danny off his feet. His heart took control. Her three-day visit extended into a week. Danny monopolized her time. The night before she was to leave, he asked her to marry him. Surprisingly, she said yes. All Danny could see ahead was love, happiness and foreverness.
Reality had something else in store for Danny and it came in the form of a cold, interfering mother-in-law, a wife who mentally and socially was still a child, and a misguided heart that believed that patience and understanding could make everything all right.
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Robert’s wartime assignment was building the ALCAN Highway. Charlotte bears him two sons and a daughter. At war’s end, Robert moves his family to San Luis Obispo, CA and hires on with the railroad. Depressed by weather and the strain of marriage and motherhood responsibilities, Charlotte begins to lose touch with reality. When Charlotte’s mother dies, her father asks her to return to France and care for him. Against Robert’s protests, Charlotte agrees and takes the children with her. Robert remains at his job in California.