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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2002
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)|
Series: Lake Emily
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?
Kat775 Stars Out Of 5Loved it!!June 11, 2014Kat77Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a great story! I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I can't wait to read the next in the series!!!
E. Nelson3 Stars Out Of 5July 10, 2003E. NelsonA 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.
A reader5 Stars Out Of 5August 6, 2002A readerIn 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.
Sharon Madison5 Stars Out Of 5August 2, 2002Sharon MadisonA 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.
Diane Noble5 Stars Out Of 5August 2, 2002Diane NobleTraci 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.
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 Im ill, bringing a hotdish over even though I tell them they dont 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 todays 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 www.tracidepree.com