Young Woman Returns Home to Discover Family, Self

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In this expansive new sequel, a woman finds herself and her family much changed

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For every child that goes away to college, there is a readjustment as they come home since leaving. Many new students become radically different people – or so they seem – and both parents and children are forced to adjust. In the new book Victoria’s Nest: Sequel to Prairie Preacher (published by iUniverse) by P.J. Hoge, Victoria “Pepper” Schroeder returns home for a funeral as a very different woman.

Megan was a lot of fun but a pretty straight shooter. She was six years older than Victoria and always seemed to have it together. Of course, why wouldn’t she? She had an Ozzie and Harriet life, not at all like hers. Her own life was more like the Twilight Zone. She didn’t think Megan would rat on her but she would probably give her a heck of lecture if she knew about last night. Victoria wasn’t in the mood for another lecture. After all, she would be spending the weekend at home. She would be talked at enough.

Of course, the charged atmosphere of a funeral doesn’t make for peaceful reintegration. Pepper clashes with her brothers and her parents until she begins to see them as people, instead of family. As she helps out around the homestead, helping with milking the cows and at her father’s mechanic shop. It is through this mechanism that Pepper’s perception of her parents changes, and their perception of her.

While at home in North Dakota, Pepper also reacquaints herself with “Uncle” Byron Ellison, her family’s pastor. When more hardship piles atop the funeral and love begins to confuse her, Pepper draws solace from Uncle Byron’s advice, learning about herself, the finality of death and forgiveness of bad behavior. Full of both laughter and tears, Victoria’s Nest is a heartwarming novel of loss and discovery.

About the Author
P. J. Hoge grew up in Washington and North Dakota. She is a member of the Lutheran church. After college Hoge worked in cytotechnology, while her family farmed in central North Dakota. Later, they relocated to Nevada, where she still resides. Hoge has published two books previously, Garrett – Death of a Selfish Man and Prairie Preacher.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Chapters Indigo in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniverse on Twitter.

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