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Born and raised in central Illinois, Karen attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She transferred to Brigham Young University, where she met her husband Bruce, and there graduated with a degree in English and American Literature.

Karen and Bruce have lived in Utah, Illinois, California and Washington, currently residing in Panajachel, Guatemala. They are the parents of ten children. Not surprisingly, family relationships are a recurring theme in Karen's writing.


My last post was in January. Since then, my husband and I have moved entirely to Panajachel, Guatemala. For more on our life and routine in our new location, see my Coming Down the Mountain blog. I never post here as often as I do there since people sign up via email to my website, […]
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House of Diamonds
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Uncut Diamonds
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Lighting Candles in the Snow
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Description: Two sisters, one facing opportunity, the other tragedy. Can their bond endure? When the lives of two sisters take a much different course than expected And one sister is on the verge of realizing her lifelong dream while the other faces a terrible tragedy To give a voice to a beloved baby who had none To show the incredible power that comes to families when they pull together to overcome challenges. At these times, a house of pain can become a house of diamonds.

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I'm sitting here staring at the usual Goodreads question "What did you think?" and hardly know where to begin. Wow. I've read many dark novels about dysfunctional families, tragic childhoods and mental illness, but this one is hands down the absolute...more
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This was an interesting approach to your average detective tale. One thing, it's written by a German writer and set in Germany, sorry can't recall the city. Another thing, the female detective, main character, is cheating on her husband because he ch...more
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Having a great interest in anything WW II, especially how it impacted families, and memoir being my favorite genre, this book was one I was excited to read. However due to the strange title, I kept putting it off despite it being on my Kindle for som...more
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I gobbled this up just as I did Schoenberger's latest novel, The Virtues of Oxygen. Her writing challenges my intellect and warms my heart. With A Watershed Year, there were several key relationships the main character, Lucy, was involved in, but the...more
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I would have most certainly given this book 5 stars 2/3 of the way through. I was loving every moment. But then it kind of fell apart at the end. Holly's financial was resolved too quickly and easily, her challenges just kind of disappeared, but the...more
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I REALLY wanted to like this book. I was so excited to open it up, a really long family saga to get my teeth into and escape from my world into some other family's messed up lives. But about 1/4 of the way in, when there was more backstory than story...more
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This wasn't the insightful dog book I was expecting. It was mostly scientific journal type writing about the author's experiments with training his dog and others for the MRI. The point would be to scan the dog brain and find out what they are thinki...more
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“A folklore study differs from most writing, in that the tale is told in the voice of the individual telling the story, not by the collector.”
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“These memories are part of my heritage, the fabric of my personality, and as real to me as the land itself.”
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“In her daydreams, they aged miraculously, she still trim with a blond ponytail, standing next to her strong, tall husband with his thick, curly dark hair and straight white teeth. Money was never an issue.”
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