A Can of Peas, Lake Emily Series #1   -     By: Traci DePree
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A Can of Peas, Lake Emily Series #1

Random House / 2002 / Paperback

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Welcome to Lake Emily, Minnesota---where neighbors are more than just people who live down the road. When newlyweds Peter and Mae Morgan leave St. Paul to try and save his grandparents' farm, they have no idea how hard the "simple" life can be. Will the strain of living out a dream tear their marriage apart? Or will they be saved by a miracle of kindness? 320 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1578565235
ISBN-13: 9781578565238
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Series: Lake Emily

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Publisher's Description

Weaving together the strong threads of family and friends in a pattern of grace, forgiveness, and kindness, A Can of Peas invites readers into a place where every day brings a new story and neighbors are more than just people who live down the road. Sometimes funny and often poignant, these vignettes will draw both men and women into the reassuring rhythms of life as it ought to be–and as it still is in the heart of America.

After the death of his grandfather, Peter Morgan and his new bride, Mae, face a life-changing decision: should they embrace the career-chasing ambitions of their family and friends in St. Paul or accept the absurd challenge of saving the family farm in the Minnesota countryside?

Enticed by the romance of a simple, quiet life, the Morgans set out to follow in the footsteps of Peter’s grandparents. Soon, Peter is farming around the clock, barely one step ahead of failure as Mae struggles to find her place in Peter’s life and in the community. Will the strain of saving the farm tear their marriage apart? Was it a mistake to dream?

Author Bio

Traci DePree is the editor behind many of today’s award-winning and best-selling Christian novels. She brings over a decade of experience in Christian fiction to her writing, offering a blend of earthy Midwest wisdom with deeply rooted conviction. Traci enjoys gardening, visiting with neighbors, and volunteering in her community. She makes her home with her husband, John, and their four children in a rural farming town in Minnesota. Visit her website at www.tracidepree.com.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!!
    June 11, 2014
    Kat77
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Can of Peas - eBook Lake Emily Series #1.
    What a great story! I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I can't wait to read the next in the series!!!
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    July 10, 2003
    E. Nelson
    A very pleasant story of nice people and how their lives are interconnected in a small Minnesota town and the small ways that God leads us in our lives. A nice book for accompaniment to iced tea on the porch in the summertime.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 6, 2002
    A reader
    In a time when it's trendy to be cynical, A Can of Peas offers a welcome--and perhaps more truth-based--idea of what it means to experience heartache and joy, loss and life, in the imperfect but comforting arms of community. Optimistic without being inauthentic, Peter and Mae's hope-filled story inspires us to preserve that part of American life that has not (as word on the street may have it) entirely disappeared.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 2, 2002
    Sharon Madison
    A Can Of Peas by Traci DePree combines humor, encouragement, tears and wisdom all expressed through the lives of realistic, well-developed characters. For the first time in my life I found myself understanding (and even longing for) a farm country lifestyle. I hope we see many more books from this gifted author.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 2, 2002
    Diane Noble
    Traci DePree has created a charming story that held me captive from page one and didn't let me go until the last page was turned! I fell in love with the characters and the town of Lake Emily. I can't wait to read more of Traci's work.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Traci DePree
Located in: Le Sueur Minnesota
Submitted: December 27, 2001

    Tell us a little about yourself.  In 1996, My husband and I became tired of chasing careers, of not knowing our neighbors except to toss a “hello” over the fence in our busy-ness. Life had become a racing monotony. And we began dreaming of living in the country, having a big garden and a few animals; of stopping to relish the life that God gave us. So we moved to the Valley of the Jolly Green Giant in southern Minnesota. It has become all and more than we had hoped. Here, I can look out my windows across acres of cornfield. I can hear the cicadas when September flutters in. Here my neighbors are my best friends, calling to check on me when I’m ill, bringing a hotdish over even though I tell them they don’t need to go to all that trouble…

    What was your motivation behind this project?  When I started writing A Can of Peas I especially wanted to give each reader a reason to believe that the person next to them in the airport or in line at the grocery store is worth getting to know, because each of us has a story worth hearing if we will only take the time to listen.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  With today’s news a constant onslaught of negative events in our world, it is difficult to remain encouraged and to believe that good will still exists. A Can of Peas carries a message of hope and shows America as it ought to be and truly still is in rural Minnesota. Where people genuinely care and acts of kindness are everyday events. I wrote A Can of Peas to offer hope for for those feeling trapped by the blurred pace of modern life and for those seeking a deeper connection with God, others, and creation.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  The lessons learned in A Can of Peas are lessons that I learned in our own move to a farming community in rural Minnesota. I am influenced every day by those whose lives touch mine and especially by Jesus.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I have a heart for fiction, especially excellent fiction. To learn more about my favorite authors or the daily happenings in my life visit my website http://www.tracidepree.com

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