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Happy Mother’s Day


Minnie ZungsToday we celebrate mothers on this special day. Of course, mothers deserve recognition, love, respect, and celebration every day.

My mother has been gone for many, many years, yet I think of her often. She is always in my head when I sit down to write.

Many of my fictional mothers are women who have struggled in life, and I often look back at my mother’s personal strength and faith, and to her beliefs that women could do anything they set their minds to.

She wasn’t a feminist, not one who crusaded for women’s rights, but rather a woman who simply knew who she was and acted accordingly.

As today’s “Sneak Peek”, I’m sharing a short “snippet” from Summertime. Like many adult children, Linn Sparks faces a difficult situation with her mother — a victim of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In 1914, the condition was not well known, nor was it understood. As I learned through my research, about ten years earlier, the German physician, Dr. Alois Alzheimer, had begun studying patients with cognitive disorders. He hoped to unravel the mystery of their disease and develop treatments.

For more information on Alzheimer’s Disease, visit their website.

Alzheimer’s Association

In Summertime, stage star Linn Sparks returns to rural Kansas for a short visit. In the excerpt that follows, she has suggested that her parents sell their farm and move into town. Her mother worries about the beloved sheep she raises.

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“Mama, you understand, don’t you? Selling this place is the best thing for both of you.”

“But what about my sheep, Linnie?” Tears filled her eyes. “If we move to some little place in town, where will the sheep stay?”

“We’ll sell the sheep too, along with this house and the land.” Linn’s temples throbbed. She needed to calm down. Closing her eyes, she thought about San Francisco, about the gentle breezes from the ocean, the clear blue skies overhead. When she opened her eyes again, she smiled at her mother, then glanced up at her father, who stood with his callused hand atop the back of the old wooden chair.

“Don’t upset your mother, Linnie.” He scratched at the stubble on his jaw.

“I’m only trying to help! Running this farm is hard work. Can’t you see how much easier life could be for both of you?” She placed a hand on her mother’s arm.

“But, the sheep, Linnie…”

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Summertime is available in both ebook format and paperback.

For more information, click HERE.

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Author: christinacoleromance

Christina Cole believes in the power of love. She writes romance novels with characters you'll care about and remember long after the end of the story.

6 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day

  1. What a poignant snippet. Alzheimer’s is such an awful disease. My husband’s grandmother had Dementia. It was so sad to see this sweet lady mentally slip away.

    • Thanks for visiting today. Yes, it’s an awful thing. We have a neighbor who suffers from Alzheimer’s, and it’s been sad to watch him grow progressively worse. He’s been moved to a nursing facility now for his own safety. He kept wandering off. Truly sad.

  2. Awww, how poignant. And the description of San Fran made me wish *I* was there. 🙂

  3. Christina, that’s a lovely snippet. Making decisions for your adult parent is never easy. Thanks for sharing.

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