A Western Rose


Deborah J. Thomas has authored songs, devotionals, and poetry her entire career. Her first book was a chapter fairytale for children called Anya of Majadon: The Battle in Shadow Forest (episode one). A Western Rose is her first historical novel. She lives in Tucson and Allegan, Michigan, with her husband, Terry, and their two lap dogs, Pippa and Lucy-Hazel. They enthusiastically embrace four daughters and eleven grandchildren.

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Father is training her to become a woman banker — maybe Missouri’s first. Women these days are treated in particular ways, cast in limited roles. But she read in the newspaper that in larger cities they are being hired in medicine, businesses, and universities.

She wants to be one of them.

Born in 1870, Adelaide W. Morgan never expected she’d do great things like Florence Nightingale. But neither does she want only housewifery. When Stifel Bank hires her as the first woman teller-clerk-secretary in Independence, she’s content. But then a scandal and an untoward relationship upend her life and reputation. Scorned, she seeks wisdom from her family, friends, and God.

It is 1891, and opportunities for women are still very limited. But in Arizona Territory, where Apache raids are now under control, there is hope. The new University of Arizona is opening its doors to women students.

But is Tucson and her new calling to the West enough to escape her past and bring forth a promising future?

Set during a turning point in American history, A Western Rose puts you squarely in the middle of nineteenth-century life replete with societal conventions and inventions. On her own, Addie faces injustice, death, and grief. Will she overcome? And can she find love so far from home?

A story of courage, faith, and hope, A Western Rose is a page turner from beginning to end.


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