Can Clayton Barlow prove he has changed his ways in time for Christmas?
It is October 1898, and Clayton Barlow has just returned home after serving time in prison for his part in a bank robbery. His family welcomes him, but the townspeople are skeptical. Bored with life in the small town but determined to make a new start, he goes to work with his father, hoping to regain the towns trust.
Clayton recognizes the schoolteacher at the Prairie Grove School as his childhood friend, Merry Lee Warner, and old feelings surface. Still, he doubts that he could ever get a woman like Merry to love him.
As the townspeople prepare for Christmas, their suspicions about Clayton lead to trouble. Will the trusting heart of an unlikely new friend be enough to restore Claytons relationships with his neighbors and reunite him with God and Merry?
Martha Rogerss novel Not on the Menu debuted on May 1, 2007, as a part of Sugar and Grits, a novella collection with DiAnn Mills, Janice Thompson, and Kathleen YBarbo. Her series Winds Across the Prairie debuted in 2010 with Becoming Lucy, Morning for Dove, Finding Becky, and Carolines Choice. Her other credits include stories in anthologies with Wayne Holmes, Karen Holmes, and Debra White Smith; several articles in Christian magazines; devotionals in six books of devotions; and eight Bible studies. Martha served as editor of a monthly newsletter for the writers organization Inspirational Writers Alive! for six years and is the state president. She is also the director for the annual Texas Christian Writers Conference and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, for whom she writes a weekly devotional. Martha and her husband are active members of First Baptist Church.
"Martha Rogers, with her winsome yet powerful writing style, immediately pulls readers into the 1898 setting of small-town Prairie Grove, Kansas. The story carries us into the approaching holidays with passion and purpose, keeping us eagerly engaged right up to the satisfying ending." Kathi Macias, author of The Deliverer
and Unexpected Christmas Hero
"Martha has given us a story about Christmas right before the turn of the twentieth century. The characters and plotline kept me turning pages. I highly recommend this wonderful read." Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Maggies Journey
, Marys Blessing
, and the Will Rogers Medallion Award winner Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico