Kathryn Spurgeon


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My book, A Promise Child, is now on Kindle!

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If you are an eBook reader, my second Christian historical novel, A Promise Child, is now ready to read on kindle! Writing about the 1930s has been fun. But then, I like the research even if I tend to get sidetracked into bits of fascinating history.

The first book in the series, A Promise to Break, shows Sibyl Trimble Pope struggling with her identity and the promises she made to her father. Sibyl, groomed for a future in the political arena, falls in love Fremont, a penniless hobo. Their story encompasses many aspects of the 1930’s, representing life for people who remained in Oklahoma during thirties.

A Promise Child, the second book in the series continues with Sibyl, abandoned by her wealthy father, struggling through the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. A new child promises hope for the end of the disastrous decade.

Sibyl’s story has farm losses, bank foreclosure and illegal activity, PWA work, failures, divorce, wealth, and poverty. Each book of the Shawnee, Oklahoma,series deals with a different phase of Sibyl’s life and growth, from breaking away from her demanding father to seeking value in home life and material goods, to trying to please God through her many good works.

Will Sibyl ever find peace and the happy home life she craves?

I’m now working on the third book in the series! Hope to have it ready by early 2018!

May you enjoy the journey into the thirties! A review of the book would be greatly appreciated! Here’s the Amazon link to the book: http://amzn.to/2szydtf

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Where to find my historical novel

My new novel, A Promise Child, second book in the Promise series, continues the story of Sibyl, a banker’s daughter, who falls in love with Fremont, a penniless hobo. It is now available at several places:

Memory House Publishing: http://memoryhousepublishing.net/a-promise-child/

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2szydtf

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36107109-a-promise-child?from_search=true

Best of Books at 1313 East Danforth, Edmond, OK

The Living Word, at the Shawnee Mall, OK<img

The Arts 317 317 E Main St, Shawnee, OK 74801

Pottawatomie County Museum, (Santa Fe Museum)

If you like this book, or the first one, A Promise to Break, I would appreciate a review on Amazon or Goodreads! Thank you! God has blessed me more than I deserve!

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Inside the Aldridge Hotel’s elegant lobby

Thanks to all who helped on my second historical novel, A Promise Child! The support and encouragement has been overwhelming. All the way from the editors, proofreaders, to friends and family members who came to set up for the book release party. Thank you everyone!

It had been a lot of work but also a lot of fun. I must say, the Aldridge Hotel where we had the party is one of the most elegant spots in Shawnee. Plus the hotel existed back in the 1930s! I could pretend to be a rich Easterner traveling to Shawnee, Oklahoma, on a train for a few days of shopping and festivities.

Sibyl, a banker’s daughter, marries a penniless hobo during the 1930s Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. Her father abandons the family during one of the worst times in the twentieth century—the Great Depression. The wind blows the topsoil away, hundreds of jobless men hang around town, and the economics structure of the day falls apart. Even Fremont, her stable, handsome husband, grows discouraged and wants to return to California. Sibyl hopes to put the decade behind her and begin a new era. Finally Fremont finds a job and they have a new baby, but then disaster strikes again. Will her faith hold her through another trial? Will they be able to survive in Oklahoma or will they leave with thousands of others making their way west?

I’m looking forward to meeting readers and chatting about life in the 30’s. Based on a true story, A Promise Child can be found along with the first book in the series, A Promise to Break, on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2szydtf.


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Guest at Book Release Party!

The 1930s party to release my novel, A Promise Child, is almost here! We’ll have a Special Guest at the party – Margaret Pope Akin, the first baby born in A Promise to Break, the first book in the series – and my mother! 1933 margaret pope (2)
Thought you might like to see her baby picture. The books about the Trimble and Pope families could not have happened without her help. She is a delightful, intelligent and godly woman.

This is as much Margaret Pope’s book as it is mine. She has a clear memory and has been willing to spend hours and hours discussing and dissecting the family history, the town of Shawnee back in the day, and the details surrounding life in the ‘30s. I hope you get a chance to meet her! 2007 Margaret 2

Enjoy the journey with Sibyl and Fremont as they live out the late 1930’s in A Promise Child.

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Camping in the 1930s

Researching for my 1930s novels, The Promise Series, has revealed that life back then was just that—life. They loved, dreamed, despaired and hoped just like we do today. And they went camping!
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I found this picture among my family relics. It’s my grandfather, Fremont Pope and his two oldest children, Margaret and Judson. Isn’t Fremont a handsome man?

I can’t see the date clearly on the bottom of the picture but it looks like 1937. And apparently they figured out how to make a tent and bed with little of today’s conveniences. I wish I knew what kind of car they had in this picture but it must be from the 30s.

I’m ready to get your response from my new book, the second book in the series, A Promise Child. The book is based on a true story. The Depression ripped through Sibyl Trimble’s hometown of Shawnee, and left dying stores, repossessed farms, and countless men and women out of work and living in poverty, Many people headed west to save their families. Would Sibyl and Fremont abandon Oklahoma and their hopes and dreams for the promises in California? Or would they find a way to survive in Shawnee, Oklahoma?

You’re welcome to come to the book release on August 15th from 6 to 8 at the Aldridge Hotel in Shawnee, Oklahoma!