Sage: a venerable, wise man, judicious; and aromatic plant with grayish-green leaves used as seasoning; the healing plant; the herb of happiness. Lenny and her sister were as close as two sisters could be. Their mother died when Lenny was fourteen, and Lenny took on the role of caretaker, tending her eight-year-old sister and the herb garden their mother left behind. The garden was just about the only thing that brought joy to the desolate farm until a handsome stranger rode through on his way to Missouri. The mysterious man stayed a while to help their pa rebuild the storm-damaged barn, and his presence on the farm led to an event that changed all their lives.
Thirty-three years later, Lenny's younger sister receives a mysterious package. When she opens the green velveteen hatbox, the smell of sage overwhelms her. But what's more, she realizes the box contains the missing pieces of her puzzled life. Soon she finds answers and learns that things were not always as they appeared as Lenny's story unfolds before her eyes. Will these discoveries bring closure after all these years? Can sage truly bring the sisters healing and happiness?
Set in the beautiful Ozark mountains of Missouri, Sage is a historical novel highlighted by the mighty men and women who forged a wilderness. These early settlers demonstrated courage only surpassed by their determination when faced with a war between the states and the lifelong wars that raged within. Debora Clark and her husband, Jim, enjoy the nature and beauty of the rugged hills, the scenic Ozarks, from their porch swing in Alton, Missouri. They are thankful for their many blessings. Sage is the first book in Debora's series, In the Rugged Hills.