Where the Blue Sky Begins

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2023 Christy Award Winner and Selah Awards Finalist

"Katie Powner's engaging story will pull you in and leave you in wonder at that deep, blue sky."
--CHRIS FABRY, author and radio host

Sometimes the hardest road of all is the road home.

When confident and handsome Eric Larson is sent to a rural Montana town to work in the local branch of his uncle's financial company, he's determined to exceed everyone's expectations, earn a promotion, and be back in Seattle by the end of summer. Yet nothing could prepare him for the lessons this small town has in store.

At forty-six years old, eccentric and outspoken Eunice Parker has come to accept her terminal illness and has given herself one final goal: seek forgiveness from everyone on her bucket list before her time runs out. But it will take more courage than she can muster on her own.

After an accident pushes Eric and Eunice together, the unlikely pair is forced to spend more time with each other than either would like, which challenges their deepest prejudices and beliefs. As summer draws to a close, neither Eric nor Eunice is where they thought they would be, but they both wrestle with the same important question: What matters most when the end is near?

Praise for Katie Powner

"Powner delivers life lessons that cross generations and will linger long after the last page is turned."--Library Journal starred review

"My favorite stories are ones about everyday, salt-of-the-earth people. When I open a novel by Katie Powner, I know that's what I'm going to experience."--Susie Finkbeiner, author of The Nature of Small Birds


"I've always wanted to visit Montana, and now I have. I heard the murmur of the river calling on a hot summer day. My mouth watered for the Huckleberry Meltdown at Hoagies and Grinders. Katie Powner's engaging story will pull you in and leave you in wonder at that deep blue sky."

Chris Fabry, author and radio host

"Wholesome, charming, poignant--Where the Blue Sky Begins is a story of a man full of ambition who has something to prove, a woman full of regret who has amends to make, and a town full of delightful characters who have lessons to teach them both. Katie Powner knows how to draw deep humanity from her characters and real emotion from her readers."

Erin Bartels, award-winning author of We Hope for Better Things

"Where the Blue Sky Begins is another bighearted winner from a master storyteller. Author Katie Powner plumbs depths of life and heart in small-town Montana as naturally as breathing--with irresistible characters, surprising twists, and laugh-out-loud humor."

Cheryl Grey Bostrom, award-winning author of Sugar Birds

"Katie Powner has created a story with an unforgettable cast of both charming and exceptionally real characters in a setting equally unforgettable, with deep poignancy and ebullient humor on every page. Where the Blue Sky Begins lands softly on the heart of the reader and leaves nothing undone, unsaid."

Cynthia Ruchti, author of Facing the Dawn

The Author

  1. Katie Powner
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    Katie Powner

    Katie Powner (www.katiepowner.com) is an award-winning author who lives in rural Montana, where cows still outnumber people. She writes contemporary fiction about redemption, relationships, and finding the dirt road home. She's a mom to the third power...

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"This contemporary-fiction novel has themes of redemption and forgiveness and hints of Christianity and is a good choice for those looking for an inspirational story with small-town heart."


"Different from many other offerings on the religious fiction marketplace. The characters are quirky and interesting... Readers are pulled along on a thought-provoking and heartbreaking journey."

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