Historical fiction: A young pastor accepts a position in a country church as Rural America heads toward the throes of the Great Depression in 1932. The story describes dynamics of the church and rural community during depression hard times, struggling to keep hope and faith, but also needing love. Aspects of friendship and love, including a yearning for romantic love in the life of the young pastor, are explored in a story that keeps the mind and heart apprehensive of what lies ahead.
Story Opening: Raindrops drumming on the roof, the long echoing train whistle, and the screeching of wheels announcing arrival at the station roused Christer Nilsson who had been deep in thought. “All aboard!” Glancing up, he watches a beautiful young woman hurrying onto the train, down the aisle to where he is sitting. “Is this seat taken?” she breathlessly inquires. Thus begins Christer's journey as a young pastor of Fredlig Prairie Church in a rural community, leaving behind his home in Chicago during the Depression year of 1932, with 15¢ in his pocket and only hope and faith in the Lord to guide what lies ahead. Will Christer be able to find his life pathway and sustain his hope and faith? Or will he need something more beyond these?