Listening to Her Own Voice by Colleen Bonnett MacFarlane
Historical fiction about the life of a young woman, Rosa, who immigrated to Chaska, Minnesota in 1866 with her parents and siblings. Rosa, her father and brothers are famed musicians and teachers. Rosa also possesses skills as a pianist and teacher, but she also feels a calling to join the convent. The Sisters of Christian Charity and she form a lifelong relationship which impact Rosa forever. In Chaska, the family faces many hardships as well as joys. The fate of her sister, Agnes, has a most profound and permanent impact. Overall, is a very touching and heartwarming read of 250 pages. Rosa’s life is one lived without regret, but only after she learns the life lesson that she must listen to her own voice.
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Colleen B. MacFarlane is a self-published author. Colleen MacFarlane has been a genealogy enthusiast for several years. She was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her first book, Listening to Her Own Voice, chronicles the life of her 2nd great aunt who immigrated to Chaska, Minnesota, in 1866 from Switzerland and who went on to live a most inspiring life. Colleen enjoys both reading and writing historical fiction. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and an MBA. Both degrees influence the characters she writes about and the dilemmas they find themselves in. She is a retired therapist and financial educator. Colleen has also authored several papers related to current events for a worldwide employee assistance firm in addition to writing articles for independent newsletters in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she currently resides.