Kristen McKendry ~ Author

Author, Humourist and Public Speaker

The Governess

Independent young Kate Porter envisions a future far greater than the middle-class existence she's always lived, and her work as a governess is simply a means to an end. The glittering world of a society wife calls, and her new position as a private tutor for the children of Mr. Alonzo Colaco is a step in the right direction. She merrily imagines the grand house awaiting her—but when her new employer meets her at the train station driving a gaily-painted gypsy wagon, Kate suspects her new job as a children's tutor will not be all she dreamed.

Instead of the mansion she anticipate, Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car and teaching the charming children of Alonzo, a tinker by trade. After trying in vain to secure another job, Kate is left with little choice. She must simply bide her time until a better position presents itself. Before long, however, she finds herself abandoning her petticoats and preconceptions in favor of the joys of a simple life—and the possibility of true love. But when opportunity knocks, will Kate really be ready to walk away from all she's come to care for to pursue her high-society dreams?
 

The Holy Ghost Can Help


Sage McKenna Lyrica Joy has such a hard time making decisions that she can’t even decide which of her names to go by. But soon she finds out that when you don’t make decisions, others make them for you, and that’s not always a good thing. More importantly, she begins to wonder how a person is supposed to know how to choose the right—until her mom teaches her the Holy Ghost can help her decide. Children and parents will delight in this charming story about making choices, especially the important ones.

 

Heart's Journey

Adventure is in her blood, so when wealthy eighteen-year-old Rachel Hamilton’s treasure hunting father disappears in the wilderness of British Columbia, she considers only one course of action: she will embark on a quest to find him. But for a well bred woman with little understanding of the world beyond her upper class existence, the harsh realities of the trail quickly become apparent. Woefully unprepared for the hardships of crossing a wild and unsettled continent, Rachel is hungry, lost, and distraught when handsome frontiersman Peter finds her in the middle of nowhere. Taking pity on the downtrodden young woman, Peter promises to escort her to the safety of civilization. Little does he realize he’s taking on a naïve and foolishly brave girl who will test the limits of his patience. But he also discovers the same naïve girl will blossom into a strong, competent, and captivating woman as they undertake an epic journey that will forever alter both their lives. 

             

Desperate Measures

 

When you're the frazzled mother of eight rambunctious children, there's little in life that throws you for a loop.  So thinks Mormon mom extraordinaire Annie Fisher ... that is, until she finds herself embroiled in the baffling disappearance of family friend Angus Puddicombe.   Following the delivery of a puzzling message and a few startling discoveries, all signs point to --- confusion.   What Annie knows for sure is that Angus is in over his head, and there is no time to lose.   Unaware of the danger that awaits, Annie, her trusty husband, Newton, and a van load of kids forge ahead to unravel the mystery.   Can this group of amateur sleuths get to the bottom of what's going on before something goes horribly wrong?

 

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Beyond The White River

Faith Frisbee fled Mustang, a small western town, years ago after a devastating event that could have broken her. Now she has returned, a strong, independent, and compassionate woman, and she's brought with her a flock of unwanted and orphaned children she's collected the way other women gather flowers by the roadside to raise as her own on her remote farm. Joe Condie is intrigued by this tough, independent woman and her boys and, after numerous rejections, finally wins Faith's resistant heart. But with Joe's marriage proposal, Faith feels vulnerable all over again. Faith has forgiven and healed from the terrible wounds of her past, and she wants to be Joe's wife, but not until she can trust him with her darkest secret. When Faith gets up the courage to reveal what happened in her past and that the man who caused her troubles is still freely walking around Mustang, Joe must find it in himself to forgive and let go of his anger before it drives a wedge between him and the love he's fought so hard to win.
 

 

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The Worth of a Soul:  From Muslim to Mormon

by Ayse Hitchins, Kristen McKendry

As the daughter of a wealthy Istanbul family, Ayse was sent to an expensive boarding school and given every privilege. When she was fourteen, her world turned upside down. She found herself living among strangers in an impoverished village in southern Turkey. But Ayse's indomitable spirit carried her through the turmoil and challenges of her new life. She rose above abuse, depression, alcoholism, and the effects of her mother's mental illness to find deep joy in her true purpose as a wife, mother, and translator of sacred scripture.  Follow this poignant true story about a life in transition, from Turkey to Canada, from Muslim to Mormon, and from adopted child to mother of an adopted child. Ayse's story is ultimately one of redemption, faith, and forgiveness.

 

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Garden Plot

Finding a body in the garden of her Whole-Life Wellness Center has left social worker Erin Kilpatrick more than a little annoyed. It can’t be good for business to have a dead body in the bush beans—particularly if the one who’s been killed is a paying patient—correction: guest. Even though her first thought was to hide the corpse, Erin does feel sorry for the guest who has checked out permanently from her rehab inn. But her pity turns to alarm when she and Detective Liam Harris dig a little deeper to discover that maybe the dead man isn’t who they think he is. And now she has to deal with a missing guest and a killer on the loose.

Rattled by memories of her husband’s death three years prior, Erin sets about to discover the connection between the dead man and her absent guest. But while conducting her own investigation, she’s also got to juggle a rehab center full of eccentric guests, annoyingly amorous renovators, an enigmatic staff, her struggling teenage daughter, and an orphaned dog. And her keen eye and out-of-boundaries sleuthing catch the attention of Detective Harris in more ways than one, adding the complications of romance to this delightful and dangerous case of fraud, impersonation, and, of course, murder.  

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The Ties That Bind

After losing both parents at a young age, Daniel McDonald grew up disconnected from his family history. Now, as he approaches the birth of his first child, he feels deeply unsettled about his severed familial bonds. Before Daniel can feel ready to be a father himself, he knows he must unravel the painful mystery of his past and make peace with what he finds. This quest begins as Daniel discovers the story of his grandmother, a woman of great faith who wanted nothing more than to have her family sealed together eternally, but whose untimely death led to the scattering of her offspring.

Daniel’s journey of understanding unfolds as he forms new connections with relatives he never knew he had and gains long-lost insight into the difficult circumstances that entangled his family tree. From a past riddled by abuse, abandonment, and alcoholism, Daniel comes to see himself and his future in a promising new light. Inspired by actual people and events, this novel poignantly imparts unforgettable lessons about love and loss, choice and accountability, and the everlasting ties that bind generations.

 

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Promise of Spring

Melinda Keith was never a "farm person." She grew up in Albuquerque with electric lights, gas heating, and two cars in the driveway. But after a painful divorce, she decides that life on an isolated farm in the Texas Panhandle is exactly what she needs. Fiercely independant, Melinda is determined to live completely off the land and keep other people at a distance.

But then Ryan Delaney, a handsome widower with a two-year-old son, moves in next door. He insists on helping Melinda with her farming chores and is stubborn enough to make Melinda's carefully built walls of self-isolation begin to crumble.

Meanwhile, sinister acts of vandalism make it clear that not everyone is happy about Ryan Delaney's arrival. Whoever is behind them wants him gone --- and is willing to resort to just about anything. Will Ryan and Melinda's blossoming relationship be able to withstand the storms

 

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  • "Kristen McKendry takes readers along on Daniel McDonald?s exciting search for his missing family and the shadowed secrets of his origins. McKendry, a gifted storyteller, has cra..."
    Richard Cracroft
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  • "I had to finish the book last night. Loved it!!! There is something about your stories - completely engaging and I can't put them down. Put me on the list to buy your next one!!"
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