If you talked to Millie and asked her about her heroine status, she’d likely blush, shuffle her toe in the dust, and stammer that she’s not a heroine--she’s just Millie.
But even that would be a far cry from the truth, and an even further leap from where she started.
Millie is the oldest of five siblings. Her mother died several years before the start of our story, and the running of the household has fallen to her. Her father is a brute who drinks more than is good for him, and as a result, struggles to hold down enough work during a financially difficult time in our country’s history, 1925. The next sibling has just turned thirteen, old enough to take Millie’s place. Since he can’t afford to feed five kids, he wants to marry her off.
But Millie is her own woman, and she’ll not endure the hard life that killed her mother at a young age. Besides, she has dreams.
The silver screen in Hollywood beckons her, as it did thousands of other young men and women. But she isn’t like all the rest--she has a photographic memory that she’s certain will enable her to remember her lines, to recall her scenes, and to propel her to stardom in no time at all.
The only problem is she doesn’t have two nickels to rub together. So she heads for Albuquerque, the closest big city, to find work. At a reputable place, of course. She’s heard of--and seen once--the Harvey House Hotel, The Alvarado, so she heads there and obtains employment as a waitress in the restaurant.
Within a few days, however, it’s apparent she isn’t cut out for this kind of work, and falls into her dream job--an Indian Tours tour guide. Fred Harvey Senior, appreciating that his customers wanted to learn more about culture, offered tours to local American Indian reservations.
Here Millie meets the hero of our story, Peter Duncan. But more about him another time. You can check out his story on my blog from yesterday, or on Kathy Kovach’s blog on November 21st. See the details below.
Back to Millie: she has really struggled in her relationship with God because of her mother’s death and her father’s subsequent treatment of her. Peter, who wants to be a preacher someday, introduces her to an entirely different Father and Redeemer than she’d known of before. In the process, she learns about God’s love for her and for her mother, and understands that God answers every prayer, regardless of whether she sees it or not.
Millie and Peter work together to uncover a jewelry counterfeiting ring that could undermine Mr. Harvey Senior’s reputation as well as steal from the local Acoma, and in the process, fall in love as they face hardships, danger, and finally, success, together.
Millie realizes that her heart, once drawn to stardom because of its lure of wealth and recognition, has changed, and now she longs to stay with Peter and grow together in God’s love. God has detoured her plans to dovetail with His own.
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Blogs/Facebook pages of other authors in collection:
Kathleen Kovach -- hosting Heroes http://kathleenekovach.blogspot.com/
Kimberley Woodhouse -- hosting the History http://kimandkaylawoodhouse.com/blog/
Debby Lee -- hosting the Villains/Antagonists https://www.facebook.com/booksbydebbylee or follow her newsletter: http://booksbydebbylee.com/contact.html#newsletter
Marjorie Vawter -- Hosting the Take-Aways http://marjorievawter.blogspot.com
Cynthia Hickey -- Hosting the Settings https://www.facebook.com/Cynthia-Hickey-151333448227549/
Mary Davis -- hosting the Heroines https://marydavis1.blogspot.com
About the collection: These seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back from adventure.
About Detours of the Heart: (Albuquerque, NM, 1925)
A tour guide who wants to move on, a playboy who’s never had a place to call home—can they overcome their own plans and allow God to make their path straight, or will they take yet another detour?
Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a critique group, and teaches writing classes. Donna ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.
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