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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Romance / Suspense
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Tales from the Sabinal Canyon
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:368
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667896946

Finding Utopia

by Linda Weber

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"Finding Utopia" tells a touching story of love and loss, dreams realized, and dreams cut short, woven through the lens of a misguided love that shatters lives and leaves a town in ashes. Set in Utopia, Texas in the rural Hill Country between 1917 and 1926, the characters live on in memory long after you reach the end.
"Finding Utopia" is a romantic thriller inspired by true events. Maizelle Clarke, the town doctor's daughter, elopes with Will Jones, an auto mechanic, against her father's wishes. He disowns her and cuts her off from her siblings and the family she loves. Embraced by her new husband's mother, she learns how to be a wife and mother at the older woman's elbow. The young couple creates an idyllic life for themselves and their growing family until tragedy strikes, throwing the mother of three into a deep depression that threatens her marriage, her family, and all she holds dear. As she struggles to climb out of the darkness, another baby is born, which gives her hope, a reason to live and repair her fractured relationships. As she begins to move forward again, a misguided love brings a night of terror to the community and a dark secret threatens the family and the community's very existence. A story of deep love, enduring friendship, loss, and redemption, FINDING UTOPIA is a tender, gritty story carrying readers to a surprising climax.
About the author
Linda Weber is a writer of historical fiction, memoir, and personal essays. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon with degrees in Speech: Rhetoric and Public Address as well as Journalism, with an Oregon Teaching Certification. She completed her Master of Public Administration work at Portland State University. Linda has owned a retail custom clothing business, a bed and breakfast inn, and a direct sales and marketing business where she was also a corporate trainer. She was named Advocate of the Year for Women in Business by the Portland Oregon office of the Small Business Administration and chaired a regional "Women in Business" conference attended by over 1,000 women and men from the Western Region of the SBA. She is an accomplished public speaker and community activist who has run for state-wide political office and been active in promoting causes for women's equality and advancement in business. She served as President of The Henderson Writers Group, Las Vegas, and facilitates Sisters Writes. She is a member of the Historical Novel Writers Society of North America, Women Writing the West, Sin City Writers Group and Sisters Writes, a read and critique group. Linda's essays and stories have won first-place writing awards and been published in anthologies and journals. Linda has two children, one stepchild, six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She lives in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Dennis, his comfort animal, Jilly the dog, and Houdini the cat. She loves to travel and has visited or lived in over thirty countries.

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Finding Utopia This is one of those books that leaves you sorry it has ended! Well written short chapters grab your interest the moment you begin reading an incredible story, based on true facts. Long after I finished the book, I found myself thinking about all the characters who were so richly presented in the story. I am so thrilled the author is planning to write a sequel! Read more
Finding Utopia I have just finished "Finding Utopia." It is a fascinating and compelling read! I can't say I couldn't put it down; it was too long, but the short chapters made it harder to quit until I had to do something else, like cook dinner or go to bed! The characters were beautifully portrayed and the themes of family relationships, courageous and enduring love, and the importance of forgiveness or the damage of refusal to forgive were extremely important to this unforgettable story. Kudos for the writing style, too. I am looking forward to the sequels!! Tom Callahan Read more
Awesome Book This is such a great book! Hard to put down. The writer does a great job of keeping you engaged, interested and has a wonderful writing style. I am a very picky reader and bore easily. This is not one of those books, and it's not overly descriptive like some books, which drive me nuts. It's the perfect balance. Doesn't hurt that the story is beautiful, heart wrenching, scary at times...hits on so many personal notes, and yet you have to remember it's set in the early 1900's and times were very different. I like that she kept the story in line with the times and didn't alter it to adjust to today's standards. While hard to swallow at times, our history is important to understand where we come from and how far we've traveled as people. I can't wait to read the next books in the series to see how this family comes through their turmoil. Absolutely recommend to anyone and everyone. Read more
Finding Utopia I enjoyed this book very much. I finished reading it in just a couple of days because I had a hard time putting it down. I laughed and cried at times. I found myself really caring for some of the characters. Particularly Maizelle but also Johnny. It's a beautiful love story which also touches on subjects such as mental illness that is often hard to talk about. I can't wait for the sequel! Mindy Jones Read more