Thursday, February 21, 2019

My Story BEFORE The Story ~ THE BRIDGE BETWEEN US (The Erie Canal Brides Collection)

My name is Susannah Higley. Today, I am waiting to find out if my wax flowers won a ribbon in the Orleans County Fair. I have been waiting for this day for so long! My mother taught me how to make wax flowers, and she always said I was better at making them than she was. She won several ribbons for her wax flowers and always encouraged me to place my own in contests to see if I could win a ribbon, too. Sadly, Mama passed away and will not be able to see my accomplishments if I win.

Pa is proud of me for my achievements. However, he is not proud of my ambitions of seeing my wax flowers sold in stores in New York City. Pa thinks it is fine to dream so long as those dreams do not take me away from our home in Albion. Pa is not a bad man, just afraid of being alone since Mama has passed.

I had a chance to leave Albion once, but it would have been a mistake. My former beau Richard asked me to run away with him to California to seek gold. I could not bring myself to go with him, could not leave Pa to run the house and lumber yard alone. Richard said we would never marry if I stayed here, and so he left me no choice but to carry on without him. He started over in California, and I remain here wishing adventure would come my way every day.

I do the bookkeeping for Pa's lumber yard, a job Mama always did. It helps Pa and I'm happy to help, but the desire in my heart to see places other than Albion never quiets. The Erie Canal leads all the way from Albany to Buffalo. I would love to take a boat ride all the way up and down the Erie Canal and see all of the different towns. But Pa would never let me do that. Maybe someday.

For now, I wait to see if my wax flowers gain the attention of the judges. If I win the county fair prize, my flowers will go to New York City for the state contest.

Everything bad that happens reminds Pa of a family feud between the Higleys and the Hawkinses. The feud started when Mr. Hawkins cheated Pa out of some lumber, and they dissolved their friendship and declared never to do business with each other again. That ended my childhood friendship with John Hawkins, who I believe I would have married. Pa forbid me to see him again after their business deal soured. Then when John's family was run out of town, there was no hope of us ever seeing each other again.

John lives in New York City, so I hear, and if I am ever able to make it there, I will try to find him.

Most days after I work at the lumber yard, I come home, cook dinner, clean the house and wash clothes. Sometimes I even have to repair a board on the house or clean out the chimney because Pa is too sad to do anything around here. I hope if I win in the county fair and go on to win in the state fair for my wax flowers that the prize money could bring some joy to Pa's life.

Some days it feels like we will never recover from losing Mama and from the feud with our old friends, but I keep the faith because I know God is with us and he's always watching over us. So I will not waste a moment fretting. I will enjoy today!

To start the county fair, George Williams from Brockport will walk across the Erie Canal on a tightrope! His rope is strung from the second floor of the Mansion House across the canal to the second floor of the Pierpont Dyer’s building. I wonder how fast his heart is beating. Is it as fast as mine is beating in anticipation?

I may be adventurous, but I am not that adventurous for I would not want to fall into the waters of the canal. So while I wait for Mr. Walker to do what I could never do, I shall sample some of the apple fritters and popcorn for sale at the merchant carts. Then I will come back and stand on the bridge with everyone else so I can get a better look at Mr. Walker as he performs his daring act. Won’t you join me?

My Story Title:  THE BRIDGE BETWEEN US (A novella with The Erie Canal Brides Collection)

My Story Genre:  Historical Romance  

My Story Releases:  March 1, 2019

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The Author of My Story:    Sherri Wilson Johnson 

Sherri Wilson Johnson is a multi-published Inspirational Romance novelist, speaker, and virtual assistant. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is passionate about writing and publishing. Sherri has been published in The Erie Canal Brides (Barbour Books), 101 Simple Ways to Show Your Husband You Love Him by Kathi Lipp (Harvest House), Powerline 365 by Nicole O'Dell (Choose NOW Ministries), Open Hearts Family: Connecting with One Another by Jane Seymour (Running Press, Hachette Book Group)The Writing Academy’s Daily Devotions for Writers, and several homeschool publications. She is the author of six inspirational romances which she independently published. She lives in Georgia with her husband and her spoiled dog Sawyer. She loves spending time with her adult children and friends or curling up with a good book or her current work-in-progress. Sherri enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles in the winter and counts the days every year until she can take another trip to the beach. You can find Sherri on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Find out more about Sherri at her website:

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Sherri will be gifting a winning reader a print copy of her book. 

Be sure to leave a comment with an email address where you can be reached should you win. 

24 comments: said...

Welcome to my blog, Sherri Wilson Johnson. Thank you for bringing your character, Susannah Higley to life here for us.

I hope you enjoy your week with us at - and - net readers in the process!

Much love with my prayers for an extremely blessed week!

Peggy Blann Phifer said...

How fun to meet Susannah, Sherri. Thanks for introducing her to us.

Don't enter me in the giveaway as I can no longer read print books, and that breaks my heart. But aging eyes ... well ...

God bless you in your writing.

Gail Kittleson said...

What a great series this will be! Thanks for sharing.

Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

Thanks for hosting me today!!!
Thanks everyone for stopping by!!

Stacy T. Simmons said...

My family and I lived near the Erie Canal in upstate NY for some years, this sounds like a great collection. Sherri's story sounds like it would be very interesting to read. said...

So good to see you all here - Praying you are blessed by Sherri's story!

Do not forget - I'll be holding the drawing for a print copy of Sherri's book WEDNESDAY ~ February 27,2019

HeidiDruKortman said...

Susannah sounds like an enterprising character. I'd never heard of the craft of making wax flowers.

Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

I had never heard of wax flowers before either and I was tickled when I stumbled upon the art!

Jarm Del Boccio said...

What a clever way to get to know your character. Well done, Sherri!

Kay DiBianca said...

Sherri, I enjoyed reading your character's story and look forward to the book! Best of luck.

Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

Thank you so much for your interest in the book!

Cheri Madison said...

It sounds like quite a trip. I'd love to read along. Thanks for this chance!

Anonymous said...

I haven't read any of your books, but I look forward to reading your adventure. It's so great to meet you especially since you're a new author. Thank you for this fantastic opportunity to meet you and read your books.
Barbara Thompson

Unknown said...

Susannah sounds like a character I'd love to know better. I would love to win this book!

Unknown said...

Sounds good! Thanks for the chance to win.

Deb Gardner Allard said...

I enjoyed learning about Susannah and your story. Now I’m intrrested in those wax flowers and the man who is crosding the canal on tightrope. And poor Susannah lost her first love because of her father’s grief. Will she find love again? Questions, questions, questions! Well done, Sherri!

Trixi said...

I do so love the Barbour novella collections and this just sounds lovely! I really enjoyed your blog post and reading more about one of the characters :-)

Thank you for the giveaway chance to win a copy of "The Erie Canal Brides Collection"! That cover especially draws your eye.

Trixi said...

I forgot my email address!

teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

jean602 said...

Can't wait to read this book!
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A Byrd in His Hands said...

I love Sherri's books and look forward to reading this one and being introduced to other authors in the same genre! said...

Readers and authors - Please be sure to spread the word about SHERRI WILSON JOHNSON'S - A BRIDGE BETWEEN US - and the drawing to be held tomorrow evening!
Thanks so much for your active participation!

Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

Thank you everyone for showing me so much love this week!!!

Unknown said...

Sherri, the intro to your book caught my interest. I enjoy sweet romances about mail order brides (and brides in other western or pioneer backgrounds). Even though I'm from the DC/MD area, the Erie Canal never occurred to me as a setting for similar stories. Well done! said...

I want to express my gratitude for all who came to meet Sherri's heroine this last week.

It seems the waxed flowers garnered a LOT of interest.

Congratulations on the book, the interest this week, and for all the hard work you've put into the writing of such an interesting character, Sherri!

Thank YOU for participating in this project!