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A FLICKER OF LIGHT
Author: Katie Powner
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Christian
Secrets are like pennies. Everybody’s got one, even the poorest among us.
For generations, the Jensens have raised their families in the small Montana town of Moose Creek, where gossip spreads faster than the wind. Yet some secrets need to be told.
When twenty-one-year-old Bea discovers she’s pregnant on the heels of her husband losing his job, she’s forced to admit she needs help and asks her dad for a place to stay. But past resentments keep her from telling him all that’s going on.
Mitch Jensen is thrilled to have a full house again, though he’s unimpressed with Bea’s decisions: dropping out of college, marrying so young–and to an idealistic city kid, of all things. Mitch hopes to convince Bea to return to the path he’s always envisioned for her, but she’s changed since her mom died. And he refuses to admit how much he’s changed, too, especially now that he might be losing his mother as well.
Grandma June is good at spinning stories, but there’s one she’s never told. Now that her mind is starting to fade, her time to tell it is running out. But if she reveals the truth before her memories are gone forever, the Jensen family will never be the same.
Secrets are like pennies. Everybody’s got one, even the poorest among us. Some are new and shiny, and some are tarnished and worn smooth from age. I should’ve tossed mine in the Gallatin River years ago so I couldn’t pull it out and turn it over in my hand, wondering why. Wondering if.
But I didn’t.
“June? You out here?”
The screen door creaks as Rand steps onto the porch, and I tuck my secret away. He eases himself into the wooden rocker beside mine.
“It’s nice yet.”
I nod. Fall is in the air, but today the sun is shining over the valley, and the mountain standing tall and proud before us is still blue. Soon it will be sharp and white, but today it almost looks friendly. I’ve lived here long enough to know it isn’t.
Rand reaches over and places a gnarled hand over mine. I like the weight of it, anchoring me.
“I’m waiting for the light.”
This time he nods. “You talk to Mitch today?”
I’ve been meaning to call my son. Rand reminds me every morning. But fear holds me back. I don’t want to leave my home.
“There it is.” I point at the mountain as if Rand can’t see with his own eyes the light that appears there as the setting sun hits just the right position in the sky.
Rand’s already- wrinkled face crinkles further as he smiles.
“Wonder what the old codger’s up to tonight?”
I squeeze his hand. “Searching for treasure, of course.”
“Ah yes. Of course.”
The old tale comforts me. When Mitch was little, I would say, “Look! Miner McGee turned his headlamp on,” and Mitch would frown and ask, “Does Miner McGee really live up there?” Always skeptical, he was. But not Bea. No, when Mitch’s daughter came along, my only grandchild, she would beg me to tell the story over and over, drinking it like water. She never questioned why an old man would live up there alone. Never questioned why the light only appeared on sunny days. Her only concern was, “What if he never finds the Big Sky Diamond?”
“He will,” I would say. “He’ll never give up.”
The sun sinks lower, and the light disappears. The story fades away. First Mitch grew up and out of the story, then Bea.
I wonder what my son is doing.
Rand’s boots scrape against the ancient porch as he struggles out of his seat. “You comin’?”
“In a minute.”
He plods back into the house, his right leg dragging a little behind. His shoulders stooped under the burden of seventy- one years of hard living. Lord Almighty, I love that man. Forty- four years together and I’ve never wanted any other life. Never wondered if we could weather any storm Montana threw our way.
A Flicker of Light • Katie Powner
Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group © 2021 used by permission
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