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Down Squash Blossom Road by Janet Chester Bly Guest Post & #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

The Mother Who Wouldn’t Go Home by JANET CHESTER BLY

In Down Squash Blossom Road, twenty-five year old redhead Reba Mae Cahill helps her widowed grandmother ranch in the small town of Road’s End, Idaho. Right in the midst of a costly lawsuit against them that may cause them to lose the ranch, they’re prodded on a trip to rescue Reba’s estranged mother, Hanna Jo, who abandoned her daughter long ago, from a Reno mental institute. Their plan is to get her and return immediately back home.

But when they arrive in Reno and get Hanna Jo released, she issues an ultimatum, “I’m not going to Road’s End. Not now, not ever. Take me to Goldfield, Nevada instead.”

This throws Reba and her grandmother in a dilemma. They both feel the intense pressure to return to the ranch. But they signed papers that one of them must stay with Hanna Jo or she forfeits her freedom with a return to the institute.

Finally, after a quarrel, Reba agrees with great reluctance to take her mother where she wants to go and the grandmother heads back to Road’s End. Despite many emotional undercurrents, Reba attempts to get along with her mom, build a relationship, at least mend fences, if possible. And coax Hanna Jo to return home.

On the road trip with her mom, Reba tackles again her feelings of abandonment and acknowledges the depth of the hurt of rejection. And she must cope with her mother’s stubborn refusal to face the choices of her past and shore up responsibility for her future and her place with her family. Will she keep on messing up Reba’s life?

Meanwhile, what secret lies down Squash Blossom Road?

Most every reader can relate in some way to the struggle between this daughter and defiant mother. Perhaps you may not have been dumped on a doorstep, but suffered loss of love in some other way. The end of a relationship. A divorce or being widowed. Or some wound of disconnection that lead to damage of self-esteem or a deep sense of aloneness. What good could possibly come of it?



Janet Chester Bly is the widow of Christy Award winning western author Stephen Bly. Together—his, hers, and theirs– they published 120 fiction and nonfiction books for adults and kids (8-12 yrs). Janet and their three sons finished Stephen’s last novel, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, a Selah Award Finalist. Down Squash Blossom Road is Book 2 in the Reba Cahill contemporary western mystery series. Book 1 is Wind in the Wires. Find out more at

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling author Rachel Hauck said of Book 1, Wind in the Wires: “I love your voice! I love the setting…It’s a great story!”

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The Giveaway

Thank you so much Janet, and as a bonus, she has offered to giveaway a copy of Down Squash Blossom Road to one lucky winner. A US winner will have a choice of paperback or e-copy and an international winner will receive an e-copy. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:

The giveaway will run through November 21, 2016 and the winner will be announced on November 22.

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