Book 1 - Libby series
For seventeen-year-old Libby Watson, the unexpected news of an inheritance seems heaven sent. The general store in a small Illinois town bequeathed to Libby by her uncle will free her ailing father from the deadly coal mines and offer Libby and their motherless family a new life.
Reaching for a Dream
Libby seizes her opportunity with a fervor born of long-held hopes and a yearning heart. Immediately she is caught up in the lives of the townspeople, sharing in the joys and sorrows of a close-knit community, struggling to fulfill her dream to become a writer . . . and learning that life and love often require bittersweet choices. And in the steadfast belief that faith will sustain her, she takes the hard-won steps that prove her to be a young woman of strength and courage . . . challenging herself to meet each day with a passion for living.