Cover Reveal for Secrets and Wishes!

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What’s the fuss all about? Secrets and Wishesthe sequel to Rumors and Promises, has a beautiful new cover featuring heroine, Maggie Galloway, and hero, Thomas Harper.

Secrets and Wishes begins several months after the first book ends:

Stone Creek, Michigan
April, 1901

Maggie Galloway and Thomas Harper clash after their sons collide in a fist fight. Both widowed, they’re each doing their best as a parent to their children. Outgoing Maggie has dreams for a home of her own and a business to provide for her son as she searches for God’s path for her life as a widow. Reserved Thomas struggles to establish his new pharmacy and take care of his four rambunctious children while wondering how a loving God could take his beloved wife.

When Thomas becomes deathly ill, Maggie is recruited to nurse him back to health. Taking the children in hand, as well, is more than she bargained for, but she is drawn to help the grieving family. Both nurse and patient find themselves drawn to each other but promptly deny their feelings.

A baking contest sponsored by the Silver Leaf Flour Company brings former beau, Giles Prescott, back into Maggie’s life. When Giles offers Maggie a position at their test kitchen in Chicago, he hints that, along with assuring her a good job, it will allow them to possibly rekindle their relationship.

But then a charlatan comes to town, and tragedy soon follows. Maggie and Thomas discover the miracle potions he hawks aren’t so harmless when an epidemic hits Stone Creek. Thomas and Maggie realize they must work together to save lives.

Maggie finds herself caught up in battles within and without—the battle to help the townsfolk in the midst of illness and chicanery, and the battle to know which man—Thomas or Giles—deserves to win her heart.


Available for pre-order HERE.

What others are saying about Secrets and Wishes:

Take a leisurely, well-researched romp into the past with a strong and vibrant heroine and other endearing characters. Fans of Christian historical fiction will not be disappointed with this sweet romance!

                                                                                                                   ~ Linore Rose Burkard

                                                             Award-winning author of The House in Grosvenor Square


Kathleen Rouser’s Secrets and Wishes touches the hearts of readers who have ever had to start again after a devastating loss. Set in the backdrop of 1901 Michigan, the story brings to life the characters and their everyday lives so much so that I felt I was watching a movie rather than reading a book. A delightful story to lose yourself in.

                                                                                                                            ~ Cindy Thomson

                                                      Author of The Ellis Island and The Daughters of Ireland series


Kathleen Rouser has once again written a superb, thought-provoking story which has a strong spiritual theme woven throughout. In Secrets and Wishes, she follows the developing romance of Maggie Galloway and Thomas Harper, an apothecary in 1901 Stone Creek, Michigan, while at the same time keeping you guessing as to the outcome. Historically accurate, the story carries the reader back to a time when the roles of the apothecary included stitching up wounds and handing out minor prescriptions without a doctor’s signature. I found the herbs and remedies used at the turn of the 19th into the 20thcentury intriguing. I was privileged to read an advanced copy of Secrets and Wishes.

                                                                                                       ~ Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

                                                                                   Award-winning author of Wilted Dandelions


 Secrets and Wishes is a delightful follow-up to Rumors and Promises. It brings with it all the charm and imagery which made the first book so notable. Depicting loss and grief and showcasing the struggles of blending families makes this poignant story applicable to modern readers while also depicting historical Michigan at the turn of the 20th century in amazing ways. Kathleen takes readers on an unforgettable journey of love discovered again and the joy of being set free from blame or guilt, all while effortlessly weaving in a gentle faith in God without being preachy. Highly recommend!

                                                                                                                        ~ Amber Stockton

                                                                                 CBA best-selling author of Liberty’s Promise

                                                                                 and twenty-one other faith-based novels

 You still have time to read the first book.

Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.                                                                                                       



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  • Elaine Stock

    I love your new cover and am looking forward to reading it. May many readers enjoy what I’m sure is another excellent story!


      Thank you so much, Elaine, for stopping by and leaving a comment and as always, for your encouraging words!

  • Marilyn R

    Secrets and Wishes cover is beautiful and draws me into the story. It will definitely be a seller! I look forward to reading Maggie and Thomas story soon. Congratulations on your upcoming release, Kathy Rouser! Blessings.


    Thank you for your kind feedback on the cover, Marilyn. Of course, I am a bit partial to it and it was love
    at first sight when my editor sent it to me. I also appreciate your congrats and for your stopping by.

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