Gloria Larsen knows only three things about her birth mother: she was over forty, she lived in Rosewood, Nebraska, and she was accused of murder in 1974.
When Gloria is offered a job as newspaper editor in the small town, she jumps at the opportunity to discover the identity of her birth mother. Digging into the past, she finds a story of the disappearance of a judge's wife and four friends accused of murder. Gloria tracks the now-elderly women to an assisted-living facility. This is Gloria’s chance to write the story of a lifetime and finally know her heritage. Even if she can't learn the truth of her origins, she must find out what really happened to Naomi Waterman Talbot.
About the Author
G. M. Barlean writes suspense with a Midwestern voice and creates characters the reader will feel could be anyone they know—a co-worker, an aunt, a neighbor... or even themselves. Small rural town perspectives are something Barlean knows well. She was a farmer's daughter for the first twenty-one years of her life, and a farmer's wife for the next twenty-nine, and counting. Although Barlean's education is in business, and many career options she has chosen over the years have enlisted those skills, she's also gravitated to creative endeavors. Barlean is a self-taught photographer and ran a successful photography studio for many years. She managed an Opera House where she organized many musically themed events, and she worked with entrepreneurs as the director of her town's local Chamber of Commerce. Now Barlean enjoys mowing her large yard out in the country, a little army sergeant of a Schnauzer, and a couple of shedding cats. She's attended culinary school, where she discovered opening a restaurant was not her life dream after all. She continues to enjoy cooking and entertaining her family and friends. Her husband tolerates all of her changing moods and adventures like the good soul he is. Barlean's children are grown and very busy with their own lives. Barlean's books are available in print and digital and can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Nobel. Please visit her website for more information: gmbarlean.com