Lee's father, a local history teacher, is lost on a rugged Idaho mountain...
She is continuing to search for him, three years after everyone else has given up. Trace, a young Indian orphan raised by his Grandfather, is drawn to the mountain to find acceptance in his Indian heritage and the peace he found in his grandfather's teachings.
A chance meeting brings the two together in a brief romantic encounter. The encounter haunts him as much as his grandfather haunts his life. He runs to the wilds of Alaska in attempt to escape the memories. But it appears that his grandfather's ghost will not rest until the two are reunited.
"One woman's search for the cause of the violence that tore apart a family and destroyed a marriage"
That little band with its’ accompanying certificate of marriage, has far too often become a shield, a wall of protection behind which abusive spouses hide. They wave it as a document of ownership, flaunting their power, destroying the lives of those caught in the circle with them, knowing full well that no one will make an attempt to stop them. Follow this riveting story of a women who suffered horrifically for 17 years because of an abusive relationship.
Having worked as a nurse for well over 20 years, I have, unfortunately, encountered patients who’s lives were filled with the crushing results of the domestic violence they were enduring daily -- lives filled with fear, negativity, dread, isolation, and low self-esteem. May this book inspire others to find the courage to change their circumstances from one of survival to lives filled with all of the joys and successes everyone deserves. Darlene -- J. Odgaard
About the Author
Born and raised in Eastern Montana, Karen moved to Alaska with her husband in 1969 during the early days of the North Slope oil boom.
Twenty years later, the marriage ended in divorce. Fourteen years of sessions with pastors, priests and counselors taught counseling styles, and techniques as well as advice.
Interaction with law enforcement, attorneys and medical staff revealed how these experts related to victims. Talking gave insight as to how friends, family and the general public viewed the issue. Observing and listening made her sensitive to others who were experiencing it and keeping it silent.
She set her emotions on paper, writing two books of poetry and one of short stories before writing the "Inside the Circle," her own story of domestic abuse.
The greatest hurdle in her recovery was to build confidence in her own ability to survive, earn a living and make decisions
She found peace in painting the magnificent grandeur of Alaska’s pristine wilderness bathed in alpine glow of sunset and sunrise or radiant in winter snow with Northern Lights.
She obtained her commercial driver license and drove tours over thousands of miles on remote Alaska roads, gaining self-confidence with every turn of the wheel.
From retail clerk to cocktail waitress, construction crew to security officer, office manager to airline ramp, fashion model to tour bus driver and Safety-Compliance Supervisor for a major transportation company, Karen worked toward a positive self-image and the courage to keep going forward.