Award-Winning Author Valerie Hansen & Grandma Edith

My guest today is a good friend, author Valerie Hansen who is sharing a special memory of her grandmother Edith. (In the photo above, Edith is the smaller sister. The other is her sister Louise.) Here’s Val:

“Strong women? My family is full of them. Me, included. Grandma Edith was born in 1884, the child of Swiss immigrants. Her life was not an easy one. By the time she had married and my mother Helen was born, her own mother had been widowed and was supporting herself and other children by running a boarding house.

Later, when I was very young, Edith came to live with Helen and the rest of our family. She was a very quiet person – unless I asked her for a song or a story. Then she never held back. I truly believe it was from her that I learned to love tall tales and heroic characters. Her wonderful stories almost always featured me as the heroine and I always triumphed.
What I didn’t know was that she had been given a mere six months to live. Well, she fooled them all. She lived six more years. I never once heard her complain in spite of her pain. And, even as I grew, she always made room for me beside her in her favorite chair while she knitted and spun her magical web of imagination.

I often wonder if having me squeezed in next to her like that aggravated her physical ills. If it did, she never gave in and sent me away. Nor was she ever too busy for an inquisitive little girl whose best friends were found in books. And seated next to the grandmother whose love was tangible – and continues to this day.

To purchase, click here.Wages of Sin

My featured ebook, WAGES OF SIN, is actually set close to the time of grandma’s youth. Daily life was changing rapidly then. In the case of Ruby McKay, her choices were limited – but that didn’t stop her from doing what she had to do to save her newborn nephew, right after the boy’s birth, from the same powerful man who had killed her sister Emma. As Ruby flees from Kansas with the innocent babe, an organized effort to capture her ensues. She has to rely on her wits and the aid of a few unlikely strangers to outwit her pursuers.
Her journey takes her as far as Lincoln County, New Mexico, and drops her smack dab in the midst of a war between rival cattle barons, crooked politicians, and the odd sheep rancher, whose murder triggers another shooting match and leaves Ruby – and the baby – caught between their old life and a new, deadly threat.–” Valerie

PS-I will donate a copy of WAGES OF SIN via an Amazon gift card if the winner lives in the USA. Others will receive a previously printed paperback, also historical set in the American West.

What a wonderful story. It reminded me of Steve’s grandmother who was 92 when our son was born. I can remember him climbing up on her lap and her hiding the pain and calling him her little angel. Thanks for sharing, Valerie!

To enter the EBOOK drawing,
Question: Which grandparent showed you the most love? And how did he/she show you that love?–Lyn

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11 Responses to Award-Winning Author Valerie Hansen & Grandma Edith

  1. Jackie Smith says:

    My favorite grandparent was my Mom’s Dad (her Mom died before my birth). He always called me his “doll baby” and was very kind, loving to me. He ran a small general store, and when we visited him on Sundays, he would take me in and get snacks. However, he did not believe in opening the store on Sundays so we had to sneak in! He died when I was 14.

    I love Valerie’s books; have read several.

    • Thanks for your kind comments, Jackie. I often wonder about all the ancestors, known and unknown, who have made us what we are today.

      Looks like I may have only 3 Love Inspired books for release in 2013 but at least many of the prior ones have been made available for Kindle, etc.

  2. Paula Osborne says:

    Valerie I loved your story of Grandma Edith, she truly was an amazing strong woman. I am sure she felt honored that you wanted to spend time with her as well as you getting to hear her stories. My grandparents were not close like that, we didn’t see them often, we didn’t get far from home in my growing up years, raised in a small town with many brothers and sisters. thanks for sharing today
    Paula O(

  3. Yes, but now I’ve been to town and had a moche mint espresso so I should be good for all day. I had never tried specialty coffee until Love Inspired assigned me to write about a coffee shop like this for a book coming in Dec. 2013. Research can be fun! And fattening. She sells cookies to go with the fancy coffee.

    • StrongWomen says:

      Oh, wow–cookies too!

    • Kathy Eberly says:

      We have one of those cute little coffee shops by our house too. If I went there more I would be in real trouble. Their cookies and bars are wonderful and they have so many flavors of coffee and tea it makes my head spin!

  4. StrongWomen says:

    A slip of the finger, Val!

  5. Thanks for having me visit, Lyn. It did me good to write about my dear grandmother, “Gramma” for short. 🙂 We who live in these days of electronic wonders and instant communication are missing a lot when we bypass the personal touch. I realize the “goog old days” had many drawbacks but I do think many relationships were closer because of it. Hey, now we don’t have to lean across a back fence to gossip!


  6. Lois Richer says:

    Loved the story. Val is certainly one of the strongest women I know and a fantastic author. I only ever knew one of my grandparents, my grandfather. Val’s memories make me wish I had the legacy to cherish that she does.

  7. Kathy Eberly says:

    I enjoyed Valerie’s reflections on her grandmother. Both of my grandmother’s showed me a great deal of love but my heart was especially touched by my maternal grandmother. She helped to raise me the first three years of my life and I enjoyed the special things she did for me. One of the most special things that I will never forget is that a few days before she died she shared an endearing story about me while she was in the emergency room. I will always remember this because it was as though she was wanting to share that story one last time and somehow I knew that it would be the last time anyone would tell that story.