From USA Today Bestselling Author Roxanne Snopek:
Welcome to The Secrets of Cherry Lake!
I’m lucky to belong to a family that loves to create “family books.” These pictorial directories trace our family tree back to… well, a long way. As a kid, I thought they were worse than boring. They were embarrassing! I mean, look at the hair, the clothes.
Now, I’ve got much more appreciation for how the people I’ve come from affect my own life path. Of course, none of the entries tell me the sort of things I really want to know. Come on! Birth, marriage, baptism, death. There’s so much more! How about the scandals? Were there honestly no divorces? No affairs? No long lost uncles or disappearing fathers? No surprise babies or extremely healthy premies? (Oh, yes, there were. Check the dates.)
In writing the novella Small Town Secrets, I was able to use that curiosity to crack the window open on a family that is, to me, much more than a properly posed grainy black-and-white photograph. Cherry Lake founder Nathan Jackson has faced huge decisions, impossible choices. He’s made mistakes, he’s found love, lost love, created love and reclaimed love. He’s pretty great, as grandfathers go. Even as dads go, though he believes otherwise.
My little snapshot paves the way for the first book in the series, Joan Kilby’s book The Secret Son. In it, you’ll see how choices made in one generation trickle down into the next, and the next, and the next, unbeknownst to those following. So much makes sense, when you know what came before. Oh, you’ll love this one, trust me.
We’re all part of an intricate web of brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, family by blood or family chosen, young and old, near and far. Join us as we explore the hidden side of our favorite small town, Cherry Lake, Montana. It might not be on any map, but it’s as real as they come.
Small Town Secrets and The Secret Son are available now!
Yes Roxanne, we certainly are cut from home-woven cloth. My hunnie traced our ancestry – direct line from Alexander the Great! You better believe there are some interesting branches on that tree!
That is super-cool, Connie J! I’d be dropping that into a lot of conversations, if I were you. :)
Are you sure Cherry Lake isn’t real? I was planning to vacation there so I could hang out with the Jacksons. I even had the hubby on board once I should him some photos of Flathead Lake.
If we go there, Paula, it’ll be real. Too real, maybe. ;)
Loving this new town of Cherry Lake. I have new friends to enjoy reading about their secrets
So happy to hear it, Shari!
Wait, I cannot fathom it being so stfdrghtroiwara.
I’m very happy to uncover this site. I want to to thank you for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every bit of it and I have you bookmarked to look at new information on your web site.
You are SO LUCKY to have such great genealogy treasure, Roxanne! And yes, it does feed into one’s stories, doesn’t it – all those themes, occupations, names, migrations…
Love the Cherry Lake stories!
It seems to be something you don’t appreciate until a certain age, I guess. But I’m very grateful now. I can see why you love this stuff!
Your article perceftly shows what I needed to know, thanks!