Hold Me One Last Time 

Lois Jean Thomas 

ISBN-13: 978-0997644562

ISBN-10: 0997644567

LCCN: 2019907505

BISAC: Fiction / General

Bertha Snider, a farm girl living in southern Indiana in the early 20th century, becomes enamored with her neighbor Frank, the only son in the mysterious Kelly family.  Their hasty marriage produces a single child, the bright and beautiful Katherine, who becomes the light of Bertha's life.  Over the course of the story, the mother/daughter relationship changes in surprising ways.

A Different Frame of Mind:

Living a Full Life with Traumatic Brain Injury

Lois Jean Thomas

​​ISBN-10: 0997644540

ISBN-13: 978-0997644548

LCCN: 2018903113

BISAC: Biography & Autobiography 

In 2014, the author published her memoir, DAYS OF DAZE: MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.  In this follow-up book, she describes her efforts to cope with her lingering brain injury challenges, exploring the long-term physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual impact on her life.

Says Ms. Thomas, "This book is not meant to be an authoritative resource on the topic of traumatic brain injury.  It is only story.  While people who sustain brain injuries may share similar symptoms, no two injuries are exactly alike.  Each TBI impacts a distinctive personality and disrupts a particular lifestyle.  And each TBI survivor develops his or her unique ways of coping with impairment."

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Days of Daze:
My Journey through the World of Traumatic Brain Injury
Lois Jean Thomas 

ISBN-13: 978-0991074921 
ISBN-10: 0991074920 
LCCN: 2014909985 
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

The author, a clinical social worker, tells the story of how her personal and professional life was disrupted when she was struck by a car and sustained a traumatic brain injury. She describes how the injury impacted her physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and recounts her struggles to resume a meaningful life in the face of medical, financial, insurance, and legal problems.

"I highly recommend this gentle, gracious, and very readable book for anyone facing the uncertainties and complexities of life."--Reverend James McConnell, South Bend, Indiana

A WEEKEND WITH FRANCES was named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017.  The book earned a Kirkus Star in January 2017 and was selected as an Indie Book of the Month in April 2017.

A Weekend with Frances
Lois Jean Thomas

ISBN-13: 978-0997644500                      
ISBN-10: 0997644508 
LCCN: 2016910632 
BISAC: Fiction / General

On a weekend in October, the three Rafferty sisters gather at the home of their widowed mother in rural Brown County, Indiana. Each brings her own painful memories and her misgivings about the reunion. Although family members do not confide their fears and resentments in each other, being together creates a change within each of them. The resulting shift in family life offers the possibility for insight, redemption, and peace.

"Thomas creates vibrant, sharply etched characters who come with plenty of rancorous baggage but manage to unpack enough of it to regain sympathy for one another and themselves.  They come alive through the author's gift of crafting distinctive voices in well-observed dialogue, emerging through their own reflections and the refracted perspectives of their loved ones.  Thomas writes in a relaxed, understated prose that conveys the heavy emotional impact of family conflicts without histrionics and melodrama .... A cleareyed but warm family saga of buried recriminations and the struggle for reconciliation."--Kirkus Reviews

Blessed Transgression
Lois Jean Thomas

ISBN-13: 978-0991074983 
ISBN-10: 099107498X 
LCCN: 2015911364 
BISAC: Fiction / General

Although she struggles with ups and downs in the life of her Mennonite famiy, young Victoria Unruh considers herself to be fortunate. Little does she know there is a story, carried along in the memories of her parents and older siblings, an underground river of silent shame that becomes a raging torrent when it converges with the stream of her own life.  But in the end, the thorny stem that cuts and wounds bears a beautiful flower.

"Although the main story is Victoria's, Thomas gives the novel depth with flashbacks to the parents' early lives, courtship, and marriage--an unromantic but moving saga of disappointment and lowered expectations . . . A well-told story . . ."--Kirkus Reviews

A RECENT REVIEW DESCRIBES THIS NOVEL AS "ENTHRALLING FROM BEGINNING TO END."  TO READ THE FULL REVIEW, CLICK BELOW.

Hope's New Season

Sequel to Blessed Transgression

Lois Jean Thomas

ASIN: 0997644524

ISBN-13: 978-0997644524

BISAC: Fiction/General

Still reeling from the family crisis recounted in the prequel BLESSED TRANSGRESSION, Victoria Unruh finds herself unprepared for coping with the challenges of college life.  But she struggles on, finding a measure of success while facing disappointment and heartwrenching loss.  In the end, she discovers her own strength while finding a surprising source of love and support.

A.K.A. Suzette
Lois Jean Thomas

ISBN-13: 978-0991074969 
ISBN-10: 0991074963 
LCCN: 2014922129 
BISAC: Fiction / General

A.K.A. SUZETTE is a novel set in beautiful rural Brown County, Indiana.

Elaine Greene, a timid young woman who grew up under the thumb of her domineering grandmother, forms an unlikely friendship with the outrageous, outspoken Suzette Perry. Under Suzette’s sometimes painful prodding, Elaine steps out of the confinement of her repressed life and starts down the bumpy road of self-discovery.  


Is Suzette truly inspired or terribly misguided? Let the reader decide.

Rachel's Song
Lois Jean Thomas


ISBN-13: 978-0991074945 
ISBN-10: 0991074947 
LCCN: 2014910994 
BISAC: Fiction / Contemporary Women

 

River Leah Jorgensen, a young artist with an unconventional upbringing, becomes involved with Jacob Potter, whose conservative background is much different than hers. River recognizes their incompatibility and doesn’t expect the relationship to last, but an unplanned pregnancy and the birth of their son keeps their lives intertwined much longer than she anticipates. Although she isn’t in love with Jacob, River feels resentful when his new girlfriend Rachel arrives on the scene. While Rachel’s presence is a source of perpetual frustration for River, a surprising twist of fate puts their difficult times into perspective.

Daughters of Seferina

Lois Jean Thomas​


ISBN-13: 978-0991074907 
ISBN-10: 0991074904 
LCCN: 2013921697 
BISAC: Fiction / Contemporary Women

 

Cecily Hartman-Gray has everything a young woman could want: a professional career, stunning good looks, a loving husband, and adoptive parents who have provided for her every need. But the seeming perfection of her life is disturbed by haunting memories of her early years with her biological mother and sisters, and the void in her heart propels her on a search for her birth family. This sets in motion a series of events that bring both painful upheaval and new meaning to the lives of those impacted by her quest.

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