In the year 2008, fifteen year-old Emily Grace (Em) discovers a secret hiding place under a wooden plank in the attic of an old house in Petersburg. It conceals a 150 year-old-diary belonging to Sarah Chamberlain, the previous owner of the house. Carefully turning to the last entry, Em’s interest is piqued by the mention of missing confederate gold and a murder mystery. She slips the diary into the pocket of her capris.
As she reads the diary, Em is touched by Sarah’s deep love for her husband, Robert. Emotionally, Em’s life is spinning out of control and the diary is a welcome distraction. Each day her faith slips further and further away as she blames God for the many trials and tribulations she has had to endure. After rereading the last page and Robert’s senseless murder, she has one more reason to doubt God’s love for his creation.
Em slips the diary back in her pocket planning to return it to the attic before helping her mother clean the old house in Petersburg. While scrubbing black scuffmarks off the kitchen floor, Em has an emotional meltdown airing her list of grievances, including Robert’s murder, before God. As she shouts that she doesn’t believe he really exists, vertigo suddenly hits with a vengeance and she passes out. Regaining consciousness, Em is dumbfounded; the kitchen has been replaced by a nineteenth century parlor.
Sarah Norkus grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of the editor of the horse racing magazine, The Horseman and Fair World. She likes to say that writing is in her blood. Her cousin, Stephen Ambrose wrote many historical military books including, Band ofBrothers. She has two published books, a memoir, The Eleventh Summer, and a literary fiction, Until the Wind Changes.
Sarah now resides in Colonial Heights, Virginia with her retired military officer husband, Michael. When she isn’t writing, Sarah volunteers with the American Red Cross, and in the children’s division at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Sarah enjoys speaking to groups and refines these skills through her TriCity Toastmasters Club. She is the current Regent of the Colonel John Banister Chapter, The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, an organization devoted to patriotism, education, historic preservation and community service.