Ella McFarland’s dream is 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 the Indian Territory. Her fate lies in the hands of the Worthington board, and there happens to be one strikingly handsome man with a vote. Will they overlook the illegitimate son recently borne by her sister, Viola?
1905 brings hope of Oklahoma statehood and the woman’s suffrage debate is 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 begins to take shape in ways she never imagined. Education is Ella’s passion, but a new love is budding in her heart. Can she find God’s will amidst the tumultuous storm that surrounds her?
The Calling of Ella McFarland was the First Place Winner of the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest.
A story of family and faith in 1905 Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood, a time when women’s voices were silenced in public and often stifled at home.
“Linda Brooks Davis beautifully depicts the plight of women early in the 20th …”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Cheryl L Welch
In this fast-paced Christian historical fiction novel, Linda Brooks Davis beautifully depicts the plight of women early in the 20th century. Through Ella McFarland’s eyes, we see the timeless, universal struggle of a woman trying to choose between following her calling or doing what is expected of her by society. The author does not shy away from the dark side of human nature, as Ella is confronted with the evils of child and spousal abuse, attempted rape and murder, jealousy, etc., and yet the light of God’s love and grace shines throughout the book. I highly recommend this book to everyone, whether just looking for a good story, or looking for the deeper lessons cleverly threaded throughout.
About the Author
Linda Brooks Davis, first-place winner of the 2014 Jerry B. Jenkins Operation First Novel award, has lived in multiple states and outside the U.S, but she speaks Texan.
Born and reared in Raymondville, a small farming town in the southernmost tip of Texas, Linda holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She devoted forty years to the education of students with special needs before settling down to her lifelong dream: writing. Set in 1905 pre-statehood Oklahoma, THE CALLING OF ELLA MCFARLAND, an inspirational historical with a strong romantic thread, debuted on December 1, 2015.
When not writing, Linda enjoys teaching 4-year-olds at church, reading, and researching genealogy. She and her husband dote on six grandchildren, three of whom arrived in 2005–in triplicate form. In her first published article, “The Choice”, which appeared in 2011 in LIVE, a publication of Gospel Publishing House, she chronicled her daughter’s agonizing at-risk triplet pregnancy and the heart-wrenching choice her medical team placed before her.
Linda likes to brag on her daughter and son, both veterinarians who like one another well enough to practice together. In Texas that’s called learnin’ to get along.
You may visit Linda at lindabrooksdavis.com. Porch light’s always on.