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Belle Plaine author has book released

December 13, 2012
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BELLE PLAINE, Iowa This week, Iowa author Karen Hoelscher Johnson celebrates the nationwide release of her new novel, "Lancaster's Rose."

The book tells the story of Jedidiah Carlson, a simple man who isn't interested in making new friends, learning new crafts, or seeing the world. His prairie holds enough excitement for his little life, and he's satisfied that is, until Rose appears. After she helps Jed during a family crisis, Jed can't help but spend all his spare time with Rose. They quickly fall in love and suddenly, Jed is looking forward to a new life, full of love, laughter, and even a family of his own.

But all that vanishes when Rose leaves town to care for her ailing parents. Without her, Jed stumbles back into a life of bachelorhood. Depressed, indifferent, and withdrawn from the town, Jed can't move on without her. In this heartwarming tale, readers relive a simpler time-when life on the prairie meant dreaming of a life worth living.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at bookstore, or by visiting or

Johnson grew up on the plains of Iowa where she and her nine siblings created stories for their entertainment. She has a master's degree in elementary education and has published a poem, "Things in the Night." She currently lives in Belle Plaine, Iowa, with her husband, Charles.

For more information, go to the website at



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