Title: A Place to Call Their Own
Author Name: L. Dean Pace-Frech
Publication Date & Length: July 2012 – 149 pages
Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?
When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.
Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?
This book was set as a historical novel that takes place after the civil war – it was a story of two determined friends/lovers, Gregory and Frank, who wanted the freedom to live their lives together.
At first I was a little unsure of the story. There were a lot of descriptions that I didn’t feel really added to the story, they were more filler. However, as the story continued, the author was able to developed the relationships between Gregory and Frank’s neighbors, that they ended up settling near. It was refreshing to see a story that was able to capture how hard living off the land is and show what lengths people would go to help their fellow neighbor and farmer.
I do wish that we could have learned a little more about their time in the service and seen the relationship between the two main characters be developed a little more. The reader only saw the surface of their relationship. We saw how hard working they were and read about how they wanted to move West to live together, but I didn’t really see how their relationship grew – it was simply that they had a relationship.
The author took the reader on a long, arduous journey that had some ups and downs, but was an overall feel good story.
With inspiration from some historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, L. Dean Pace-Frech started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, he submitted it for publication and Musa Publishing offered him a contract in early 2013.
Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his partner, Thomas, and their two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, Dean enjoys reading and patio gardening.
Prior to novels, Dean did some technical writing in his career.
He has written another complete fiction manuscript and has a third manuscript outlined