What Images Inspired THE BABY BEQUEST & Its Cover

Today I’m doing something different. On Thursday, August 1st, my newest book, THE BABY BEQUEST, will be released. Here is some of my background work on getting inspired and helping the book cover artist catch the essence of my book’s heart and characters. Read it and leave a comment to enter the book drawing. See questions in italics-choose one or answer all. I’ll be giving away a copy of the book to one commenter.–Lyn


baby love

This photo portrays how my hero and heroine felt as they fell in love with the baby left on her doorstep.

Rachel's cabin in setting

This is the kind of cabins that would have been around Pepin WI on the Mississippi River in Wisconsin in 1870.


Ellen is a schoolteacher and this is her school. Sometimes I wish I’d had the experience of a one-room schoolhouse.


Kurt LangJPG

This actor inspired Ellen’s hero Kurt Lang. Do you recognize the actor?

Kurt's mood

Kurt’s mood

Kurt has a wounded heart. Something horrible happened to him and his brother in Germany. How can this wound, any heart wound ever heal?


How Ellen felt about her family-an important part of her story.

How Ellen felt about her family-an important part of her story.

Ellen leaves her hometown to leave behind unhappy memories. Many are focused around her family and unresolved conflicts. She just lost her parents the year before to cholera. What was it like to live in a time where death happened more often than now to the young and healthy not just the old?


Don’t forget to leave a comment to one of the italicized questions to enter the drawing.

Tomorrow I will post an introduction to my new heroine, Miss Ellen Thurston, and will be doing another giveaway! Please tell your friends!–Lyn


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6 Responses to What Images Inspired THE BABY BEQUEST & Its Cover

  1. What was it like to live in a time where death happened more often than now to the young and healthy not just the old?

    I can’t imagine living in a time when death came so easily. Medicine is so advanced now that doctor’s can do almost anything. I CAN imagine that Faith was very strong back then. People relied more on their Creator and as a result had a much better relationship with Him.


  2. KayM says:

    I think heart wounds take quite a bit of time to heal. I’m not even sure that they all do. I think some might never quite heal, but are something we learn to live with. If we depend on God to see us through life, then He will give us the strength we need.

  3. Brittany McEuen says:

    I don’t know who the actor is, so I will answer the question about death being so much more common back then. I think on one hand, people were probably not quite as shocked to hear that someone had died from a severe illness. I don’t mean that they weren’t upset or hurt about it, but that it was just a reality. It must have been extremely scary and terrifying to have these epidemics come through and be helpless to do anything but maybe help keep the person comfortable and hope they pull through.

    • StrongWomen says:

      Yes, I think they didn’t become hardened to death but it was so much more an everyday occurrence.

      I think that’s why they had so many mourning customs and things like mourning jewelry made from the deceased hair–which now we consider creepy.

  4. Valri Western says:

    I think it would have been very hard to live in a time where death was a real possibility at all times. Illness and injury were always a possibility, especially on the frontier or in small towns. The medical knowledge, facilities and availability were all limited. We have a hard time, knowing what we know now, remembering how hard it was back then.

    • StrongWomen says:

      Yes, we have come to take it for granted that doctors will be able to help us. In that time you were often better staying AWAY from the doctor!