The kitchen table. In my family, it was here that important discussions had their genesis. Opinions were readily expressed in religion, politics, family values, money matters, raising children, taking care of the elderly, education, social responsibility and death. Typically, the children listened, and the adults talked. That said, at a very young age I had a clear idea of the persuasions, perspectives and prejudices of those who sat around the kitchen table with their cups of strong, black coffee. Occasionally, discussions were heated, and tempers flared. For emphasis, there was an occasional smack of the hand on the table top. But, at the end of the day these same strongly opinionated kinfolk showed their unending love and respect for each other with hugs, kisses and goodbyes – until the next spirited visit took place. ~ Deborah L. Norris
As an author, I can tell you that reviews are critical to the overall success of a book – and they’re each appreciated. However, a review such as the following touches my nostalgic heart! Hella Bauer, librarian at the Tilden Public Library wrote the following review for the Tilden Citizen newspaper:
I have a special treat for our readers. The House Guest: Pathway to Persuasion by Deborah L. Norris was written by an author who has special ties to Tilden and the surrounding area. Even though this story is fictional, the author based her novel on stories she learned from her father and grandparents. Her father, Vern Gunderson, was born in Petersburg, NE but spent a great deal of the time with his grandparents, Olaf and Ingeborg Gunderson, in Tilden between the years 1926 – 1942. He is now in his late 80’s and still has very vivid memories of Tilden. The house of his grandparents, demolished in the early 1990’s, was built outside of Tilden in 1905.