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Steeple in the Distance

Setting– Cross River, Wisconsin, 1915-1918 (A fictitious town somewhere south of Beaver Dam)

Theme– Be content to wait on the Lord and He will not only give you the desires of your heart, He will show you what the desires are.

Plot Summary– The story is a simple coming of age of a Wisconsin farm girl. Nan Delainey, from a German family with a hint of an Irish ancestor, is given a journal on her 15th birthday. She vows to ‘write grand thoughts’ in the journal. The story follows her through the next three years, learning to become the ‘woman of the house’ after her mother’s death nearly a year earlier.  Nan struggles with keeping abreast of chores, ahead of her  brothers, and  living up to her father’s expectations. The cross on the steeple of the country church can be viewed from various places on the farm. The cross turns her thoughts  often to the Lord for help. It also becomes a symbol of her true  roots and one that she carries with her when she marries and moves from the farm. Each chapter ends with a journal entry.


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