About What Heals the Heart by Jen Telger:
Eleven-year-old Annabelle and her friends live in the sleepy town of Pullman Station, where summers consist of neighborhood potlucks, backyard baseball games, trips to the community pool, and the heavenly aroma of warm sugar wafting out of Bohler’s Bakery. It’s idyllic, with nary a care save for one: Annabelle’s house sits between the two nastiest old bats in town, who happen to hate each other’s guts.
When seventy-something former best friends Cilla and Nattie had a falling out several years ago, Annabelle and her family got caught in the crosshairs living between them. While Annabelle’s mama stresses the importance of carrying out one’s Christian duty via kindness to all, she maintains a precariously delicate balance keeping both “gasoline” and “gunpowder” happy. As for Annabelle and her friends, they avoid both women, Cilla’s dog, and Nattie’s starter pistol, at all costs.
When a tragic accident shakes the neighborhood to its core and Cilla’s past comes back to haunt, will the sworn enemies find common ground and forgiveness before time runs out, or will they drive the entire neighborhood crazy until the bitter end?
“What Heals the Heart” is a funny, heartrending story of friendship, small-town life, the search for forgiveness, and what it might take to heal the heart. If you love women’s non-romance fiction that harkens back to the sweet nostalgia of childhood while navigating the pain of adulthood, you’ll love this story by author Jen Telger. Head over to Pullman Station today!
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Jen Telger was born and raised among the cozy bluffs of the Mississippi River valley in southeastern Minnesota. Her writing includes her debut novel “What Heals the Heart,” short stories, screenplays, humorous childrearing accounts, and stories following the adventures of her young family’s two pups.
Regardless of which tale you pick up, you’re sure to be entertained by engaging, relatable characters who immediately pull you in and make you feel like one of the gang. Casual, witty humor and a storytelling rhythm that simultaneously yanks on your heartstrings, makes you laugh out loud, and chucks you to the curb in tears will leave you wanting more.
In her spare time, Jen can be found puttering in her flower gardens, designing homes, browsing book stores with her husband and daughter, creating fantastic worlds in Minecraft with her son, and drinking way too much chocolate milk (a.k.a. Elixir of Life).
Jen believes the beauty of writing lies in initial stories expanding exponentially as readers make them their own, finding solace, inspiration, familiarity, and new adventures in which to play.