Monday, September 2, 2013

Golden Dreams by Darlene Franklin


With hometown champion Frank Sawtelle as her coach, she has a real chance to compete in the world's foremost skating competition. But her siblings want her helping on the farm—not wasting time on the ice. And as her feelings for Frank turn to love, she wonders if he could ever feel the same. 

Still bitter over the injury that shattered his competitive hopes, coaching Winnie resurrects Frank's career. But as his love for her grows, a romance could jeopardize her success. While he keeps his feelings to himself, he yearns for a future with Winnie…one more precious than gold.


            Frank Sawtelle was home at last.
The people of Maple Notch, Vermont—Winnie Tuttle among them—had waited five years to give their hero a homecoming worthy of his accomplishments. Perhaps she even anticipated his return more than most. She leaned past Louise, seeking a glimpse of her friend’s brother.
A matched pair of geldings as white as the stars on the United States flag pranced in front of a wagon decorated to resemble Fort Ticonderoga. A monument in the town square celebrated the American victory early in the Revolutionary War, when Maple Notch men fought alongside Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys. When the horses swung their heads, golden plumes waved in the wind, suggesting the magic that Frank brought to the ice. His skating had both mesmerized and charmed Winnie as an impressionable child.
            Clean red and blue rugs spread across the pairs’ backs, completing the patriotic theme. A man dressed like a Dickensian cabby, complete with top hat and scarf, held the long reins, driving the wagon fit for a king.
In spite of speculation that Frank would hide from public display, the man in the wagon stood at attention, saluting the cheering townsfolk. He wore the skating costume he'd worn five years ago, when he won the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship: a copy of Ethan Allen’s green uniform coat faced with red over buckskin breeches. Winnie recognized it because she had helped Louise and Mrs. Sawtelle sew it all those years ago. His hair style had changed though, shorter and slicked back, but she loved the way he still filled out every inch of the coat.

About The Author

Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written twenty-six books, been published in twenty more, and has written more than 200 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. 

Purchase Golden Dreams at:

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Christian Books

Darlene Franklin is giving away a copy of Golden Dreams. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for having Darlene here today. She has been a very busy lady it appears. That's a lot of writing besides all of her other activities. And, lovely that you can play the piano. By ear or lessons? I would love to win this book. Thanks for the give-away.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot0com

Library Lady said...

I love reading Darlene's books. They are just the perfect size to take anywhere and everywhere.
Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
Janet E.

Darlene Franklin said...

Maxie, I took lessons for years, all the way into graduate school. Piano still is the love of my life. I love writing, but for sheer joy and connection with God that bypasses all that stands between us, music trumps every time.

Darlene Franklin said...

Janet, so glad you find the Heartsong books just the right size! They fill an important niche in the world of Christian romance.

Darlene Franklin said...

Janet, so glad you find the Heartsong books just the right size! They fill an important niche in the world of Christian romance.

Brittany said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book! It sounds like such a great story.
Brittany McEuen

Darlene Franklin said...

Brittany, thanks for your interest.

Wendy Newcomb said...

I did a 'little' bit of ice skating but a LOT of roller skating, even worked at a roller rink when I was 15 and four years later I met my husband of 41 years at a different roller rink. I would love to read Darlene's "Golden Dreams".


Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Wendy, I agree. I loved roller skating (how cool about your husband!) but ice skating was too hard on my ankles.

sm said...

Darlene, I am totally stunned that you are in a nursing home. When did this happen? I am encouraged by how you are facing your daily challenges! I know you are encouraging your fellow residents. I so enjoy your books and would love to win this one. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Sharon, I've been here for a year.
Thanks for stopping by!

Linda Goodnight said...

The book sounds great. I love Olympic skating!

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Linda! I had a lot of fun with this story.

Lacy J. Williams said...

This book sounds like so much fun. Good luck with it, Darlene!

Darlene Franklin said...

Thanks for coming by, Lacy!

bonton said...

Hi, Darlene!

Would love to read/win your book - I could enjoy the romance while learning more about skating!

You & I have so many of the same interests: books, piano, singing, reality TV (I like reality - guess that is why I am, only recently, a convert to fiction, in addition to previously read non-fiction), & fellowship.


sam said...

Please get well soon and get out of the nursing home! I'm sure you are having a ministry there, but....
I would love to win your book, GOLDEN DREAMS. I have never been good at ice skating, but it sounds good. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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