The Uniqueness of Silverpines

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by Parker J. Cole

Last month, I introduced you to the town of Silverpines, Oregon. It is a town devastated by two natural disasters which have killed most of the young men of the town. Women who once had husbands, fathers, and brothers have all been left without. In order to survive, they must band together. 

As an author of the series, I’ve enjoyed working on bring the stories of this town to life. Yet, as a reader, I’m amazed at how well the books of this series has been written. Now into the fourth book with the fifth one releasing on May 8th, the readers’ response has been encouraging and thrilling, to say the least. 

The uniqueness of Silverpines is that although it takes place in 1899, the idea of disasters is an ever-current thought. We all remember what happened last year with hurricanes sweeping through the world, leaving death and devastation in their wake. We’ve seen the lowest of lows of people of who prey on those who at rock bottom  

Yet, through the devastation, there is hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe one of the reasons why Silverpines is such a great series is that each story reflects the idea that no matter what happens, that disaster is not necessarily the end of all things: it’s the end of one way of thinking and the beginning of another. 

Life is rarely about what happens to you—it’s how you deal with it. In the series, the women of Silverpines have lost people close to them. There’s no going back to the way things were. They can either wallow in self-pity and bemoan the fact that Life’s not fair…or, they can pick up their skirts and the pieces of their lives. 

These tender tales show some wonderful things to take with us here in the world of reality. 

  • Life happens. Deal with it. 
  • When you need help, ask for it. 
  • Accept change because nothing ever stays the same 
  • Hope is alive even when it seems hopeless 
  • Women and men need each other. It’s not fight of sexes but an affirmation that neither of us were meant to be alone 

These elements interwoven in these stories, I believe, is one of the reasons why the series is gaining such a following. If you want to go to Silverpines, pick up these books below on your kindle today.

Wanted: Gunsmith

Wanted: Gunsmith by Lynn Donovan 

 Sarah Gillham has no intention of getting married EVER! Then a series of disasters wipe out the men in her hometown of Silverpines, Oregon, including her own dear poppa. With no men left, she and the other women of Silverpines are at the mercy of evil men who try to take advantage of their situation. In desperation, a plan is formed to save the town and poppa’s gunsmith shop: advertise for a groom. But Sarah wants a fake groom. A man who will actually be her employee not her husband.

Mason Dekum was a man with no heart left. His died the day his wife burned to death in front of him. Now he wants to get as far away as he can. His father-in-law gives him a gun pattern and orders him to go west and never return. He answers Sarah’s ad for a groom, and a plot is hatched to pretend to marry to keep her and her mother safe. For Mason, it’s the perfect solution, a fresh start out west without risking losing anyone else he loves. That is until he finds himself having real feelings for his pretend wife.

Will these two let their happy ever after go, out of stubbornness? Or will they reverse their declarations to never marry and follow their hearts? Will Sarah admit Mason is her wanted gunsmith? 

 Wanted: Shopkeeper

                                                                                 Wanted: Shopkeeper 

Silverpines, Oregon 1899 

Millie Messer is exhausted and overwhelmed with raising her children and running the mercantile after the death of her husband in the earthquakes that devastated Silverpines. She does what many of the young widows and daughters are doing: Advertise for a Mail Order Husband. She thinks she’s found the perfect man to become her helpmate and new father for her four children.

Clay Cutler has a secret, two actually. One will be revealed when he steps off the train in Silverpines. He only hopes Millie doesn’t renege on marrying him when she finds out. The other he’ll keep to himself until it’s necessary to reveal it.

Millie is shocked when not only Clay steps off the train but five children with him. All she wanted was a shopkeeper. Now there are nine children in the family. All she knows is that there are lots of meals to cook and laundry to do. That and the outlaws, conmen, and swindlers who’ve come to town. Plus, she knows he’s keeping something from her.

Will a new husband and nine children be too much for Millie? Will Clay’s secret keep her from trusting him? Will it help protect the town from those who want to cause harm? What mischief can nine children get into? Is Clay the Wanted: Shopkeeper who will heal Millie’s broken heart? 

About the Author:

Parker J. ColeParker J. Cole is a writer and radio show host who spends most of her time reading, knitting, writing, cooking, and concocting new ideas for stories. Her first novel, Dark Cherub, won Best of Spring Reading 2013 from eMediaCampaigns. She lives in Michigan with her husband and beloved dog Sarah.

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