Secrets & Wishes

Secrets & Wishes

by Kathleen Rouser

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Overview

Stone Creek, Michigan - April, 1901: Maggie Galloway and Thomas Harper clash after their sons collide in a fistfight. Both widowed, they're each doing their best as a parent to their children. Outgoing Maggie has dreams for a home of her own and a business to provide for her son as she searches for God's path for her life as a widow. Reserved Thomas struggles to establish his new pharmacy and take care of his four rambunctious children, while wondering how a loving God could take his beloved wife.



When Thomas becomes deathly ill, Maggie is recruited to nurse him back to health. Taking the children in hand, as well, is more than she bargained for, but she is drawn to help the grieving family. Both nurse and patient find themselves drawn to each other but promptly deny their feelings.



A baking contest sponsored by the Silver Leaf Flour Company brings former beau, Giles Prescott, back into Maggie's life. When Giles offers Maggie a position at their test kitchen in Chicago, he hints that, along with assuring her a good job, it will allow them to possibly rekindle their relationship.



But then a charlatan comes to town, and tragedy soon follows. Maggie and Thomas discover the miracle potions he hawks aren't so harmless when an epidemic hits Stone Creek. Thomas and Maggie realize they must work together to save lives.



Maggie finds herself caught up in battles within and without the battle to help the townsfolk in the midst of illness and chicanery, and the battle to know which man Thomas or Giles deserves to win her heart.



Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain some content of an inspirational nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946016256
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 10/02/2017
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Rouser is the author of Rumors and Promises, her first novel about the people of fictional Stone Creek, Michigan, and the novella, The Pocket Watch. She is a longtime member in good standing of American Christian Fiction Writers. Kathleen has loved making up stories since she was a little girl and wanted to be a writer before she could even read. She longs to create characters that resonate with readers and realize the need for a transforming Savior in their everyday lives. She lives in Michigan with her hero and husband of 35 years, and the sassy tail-less cat who found a home in their empty nest. Connect with Kathleen on her website at kathleenrouser.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/kathleenerouser/, and on Twitter @KathleenRouser.

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Secrets & Wishes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
sandralb More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Rouser writes an endearing Christian historical fiction romance from the early 1900's. This was the first book that I have read by this author. I did not realize that it was a squeal. When I read the last page of Secrets and Wishes, I had to go on Amazon and purchase Rumors and Promises. I can not wait to start it. Even though I will be reading them out of sequence, I am sure I will enjoy both. Secrets and Wishes worked fine as a stand alone book. Her characters are so well crafted, you will find yourself caring for each of them. She has an ability to make a sitting or location come to life. I found the information and details of the apothecary from that era interesting, especially some of the herbs used. The names are familiar to me through essential oils and the uses have not changed. This time period was very hard, with epidemics of measles, scarlet fever and whooping cough. Towns were lucky to have their own doctor. When the doctor was out to deliver a baby or to a farm area, the pharmacist would be called on for advise, dispensing medicine, or sometimes stitching a wound. You can tell Ms. Rouser enjoys history and has done an excellent job in her research. I loved the heroine Maggie Galloway. Being a widow, raising her son by herself, she had to be a strong woman and she was. At first, I had a hard time with Thomas Harper, he seemed weak and a complainer at first. Thomas too had lost his spouse, but he was raising four children and trying to run the apothecary by himself. Even though Thomas and Maggie did not see eye to eye on many things, they found they had a lot in common after all. I always love when an author is able to weave a faith based message in their story. I found Ms. Rousers story to be a delightful read and I would recommend it. I received a copy of this book from the author through Interviews and Reviews.com The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Digging4Pearls More than 1 year ago
Secrets and Wishes by Kathleen Rouser is a delightful sequel to her first novel, Rumors and Promises. Ms. Rouser does an excellent job of allowing the reader to be drawn into Stone Creek, Michigan and see what life must have been like at the turn of the century. Her well-developed characters shine through on each page. I look forward to more books from this author in the future. This book was provided for free and a favorable review was not required - 2018.
Catherine-Brakefield More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Rouser has once again written a superb, thought-provoking story which has a strong spiritual theme woven throughout. In Secrets and Wishes, she follows the developing romance of Maggie Galloway and Thomas Harper, an apothecary in 1901 Stone Creek, Michigan, while at the same time keeping you guessing as to the outcome. Historically accurate, the story carries the reader back to a time when the roles of the apothecary included stitching up wounds and handing out minor prescriptions without a doctor's signature. I found the herbs and remedies used at the turn of the 19th into the 20th century intriguing. I was privileged to read an advanced copy of Secrets and Wishes.
Erin_Slocum 9 months ago
My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book. It's not a mystery but it has some fun moments that make you keep reading. Even starts off with a bang! I have to admit the opening chapter left me a little confused. It took me a bit to get people sorted out and I was still unsure who was who and where they fit into the picture. I'm assuming this mainly has to do with the fact that I have not read book one. So here is where I say go ahead and do yourself a favor and read book one of the series first. You'll save yourself some confusion. That being said. Besides a few pesky things that made me wish I had known more of what is going on, this was a great read and you don't have to read book one. It just would make everything make more sense. This story follows Maggie and her son as they're navigating life without her husband. He was a pharmacist and could do no wrong in either's eyes. This might have increased since he passed over two years ago. Enter into the town they now live in a new pharmacist and his four children. He's a widower too it seems. Only he is having a much harder time of living than Maggie is. Maggie has family here in this lovely area beside her son and to add to that she has her baking is gaining popularity as well as winning prizes. Now, why does that name sound familiar? Oh yes! Her old beau is going to come to give her the prize. Will he want to rekindle that romance? And why does she feel so hostile to the new pharmacist? Shouldn't they make up as the boys did after their schoolhouse fight? Only maybe they can do without the snake. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
BMace More than 1 year ago
Set in 1901 Michigan, this wonderful novel highlights what the world was like before medicine was regulated. Natural remedies were the base of many of the ‘cures’ that were circulated among the people. Doctors and pharmacists were just being introduced to various pills that could replace some of those remedies, however, their potency was sometimes in question. Unfortunately there were swindlers who road into town with their ‘medicine show’ to entertain and sell their famous tonics to the unsuspecting public. But those tonics didn’t really kill anyone, did they? A most enjoyable story of a pharmacist and a pharmacist’s widow who seem to be on a course to save the town. I received this ARC through CelebrateLit. All impressions and opinions are my own.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
This is a nice story about a woman who loses her husband and is left to support her child by herself. In this time period it was hard to find a job for a woman. Maggie does have a gift of baking and it pays off win she wins a prize in a baking contest. I love the time period and how the author makes the story come alive. I thought it was interesting to read about the 1900s and especially about the new pharmacy in town. Maggie's husband used to be a pharmacist so she knows a lot about medicine. She clashes with the new pharmacist in town when her son and Thomas's son have a fight. It was funny that the boys were fighting over whose dad was the best pharmacist. It is hard to imagine that during this time period, aspirin and other drugs were just being introduced. Some people, like Maggie were skeptical of this new medicine practice. Thomas sure has his hands full with a houseful of kids and a new pharmacy to open. When he becomes very ill, Maggie is thrown into caring for him. Oh my that was an adventure just having her try to be civil to him and try to control his unruly bunch of kids. Having lost his wife has been hard on all of them. The author gives us some great characters who try to outdo Maggie in the baking department and it leads to some sharp words and fun moments. There are a few surprises and a new person in town that stirs up trouble that makes the story enjoyable. The town faces tragedy while Maggie and Thomas try to work together to overcome the crisis. The new man in town was my least favorite character because he was arrogant and pushy. does make friction between people wherever he goes and kinda thinks he is better than others. Overall a nice story from a time period where new discoveries in medicine were happening and a woman with a dream that she hopes to see happen. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
This is a nice story about a woman who loses her husband and is left to support her child by herself. In this time period it was hard to find a job for a woman. Maggie does have a gift of baking and it pays off win she wins a prize in a baking contest. I love the time period and how the author makes the story come alive. I thought it was interesting to read about the 1900s and especially about the new pharmacy in town. Maggie's husband used to be a pharmacist so she knows a lot about medicine. She clashes with the new pharmacist in town when her son and Thomas's son have a fight. It was funny that the boys were fighting over whose dad was the best pharmacist. It is hard to imagine that during this time period, aspirin and other drugs were just being introduced. Some people, like Maggie were skeptical of this new medicine practice. Thomas sure has his hands full with a houseful of kids and a new pharmacy to open. When he becomes very ill, Maggie is thrown into caring for him. Oh my that was an adventure just having her try to be civil to him and try to control his unruly bunch of kids. Having lost his wife has been hard on all of them. The author gives us some great characters who try to outdo Maggie in the baking department and it leads to some sharp words and fun moments. There are a few surprises and a new person in town that stirs up trouble that makes the story enjoyable. The town faces tragedy while Maggie and Thomas try to work together to overcome the crisis. The new man in town was my least favorite character because he was arrogant and pushy. does make friction between people wherever he goes and kinda thinks he is better than others. Overall a nice story from a time period where new discoveries in medicine were happening and a woman with a dream that she hopes to see happen. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.