Published Books - Jennifer Rawls

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Jennifer Rawls’ THE VOTE is a fictional retelling of the fight for suffrage against a backdrop of opulence and elegance, money, power, greed, altruism, and civil rights. It’s the story of politics versus personal rights. At a time when the nation was between wars, before the Great Depression when patriotism and prohibition were in vogue, both parties need an infusion of new voters to carry victory to the White House. But the men who ran the railroads and the manufacturing plants need cheap labor – child labor – and giving women the right to vote might mean an eventual change in labor laws and a demand for public education and fair wages.

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Katherine Grainger is in a funk.  Widowed in her mid-fifties and bored after the closing of her beloved local theatre, she’s looking for…something.  She does what any normal person with no experience and too much time on her hands would do.  She gets her name on the ballot for state senate.  What follows is a rollicking journey through an unpredictable political landscape.  Katherine becomes the candidate everyone loves. 

 

But will anyone actually vote for her?

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The Week Before Christmas is a sweet story about Cassie Shaw, a woman who has experienced tragic losses but has persevered for and with her children. When her young son is wrongly accused of shoplifting, Jake Crandall, the workaholic owner of Crandall's Department Store goes out of his way to apologize and to help Cassie and her four children. As Cassie learns to follow her heart again, Jake realizes that there is much more to life than work. Together, they discover the magic that exists in the week before Christmas.

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