A Bit About Linda Brooks Davis
Linda earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Abilene Christian University and a Master’s Degree from Houston Baptist University. She retired in 2008 after 40 years as a special educator and administrator.
The Women of Rock Creek series
Linda’s debut novel, The Calling of Ella McFarland, is set in 1905 Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood. It won the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel Award and the 2016 American Christian Fiction Writers Award.
Ella McFarland stands on the verge of reaching her dream: a teaching position at Worthington School for Girls. But scandal clouds her family name and may limit her to a life of grueling farm labor in Indian Territory. Her fate lies in the hands of the Worthington board where one strikingly handsome man has a vote. Will they overlook the illegitimate son recently borne by Ella’s sister, Viola?
1905 brings hope of Oklahoma statehood and the woman’s suffrage and temperance debates are raging, forcing Ella to make decisions about her faith, family, and aspirations. When she comes to the rescue of a young, abused sharecropper’s daughter, her calling takes shape in ways she never imagined and her eyes are opened to needs of women with no voice in their governance. Her independent spirit leads her in directions she never dreamed. Education is Ella’s passion, but a new love is budding in her heart. How will she manage to give voice to the voiceless without losing her own in her male-dominated world? Can she find God’s will amidst the tumultuous storm that surrounds her? Or will fear and pride have their way?
Ella McFarland must decide.
The Women of Rock Creek Christmas Novellas
The sequel to The Calling of Ella McFarland is a novella set in 1908 Oklahoma, A Christmas to Remember, which released in December, 2016.
It’s 1914, and American women are demanding the vote. The first flames of the Great War are igniting Europe. But a battle of a different sort rages in Oklahoma. The thermometer registers one hundred six degrees, an out-of-the-ordinary occurrence, even for the twenty-eighth day of July.
But this is no ordinary day. A murder trial has concluded, and the jury has reached a verdict.
The star witness for the prosecution fidgets in the old church pew. She’s lost enough, given more than her share. Hasn’t she? The answer rests in the hands of twelve men. Not a single woman sits among the jurors.
Lily eyes the judge. And the courtroom holds its breath.
A Final Word
Linda and her beloved husband Al worship and minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio and dote on six grandchildren, three of whom are triplets.
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