Final Harvest (Finding Home)
by Barbara Howard
About Final Harvest
Final Harvest (Finding Home)
1st in Series
Publisher: Independently Published (August 1, 2020)
Paperback: 164 pages
Digital ASIN: B08BKZ58YF
Traci Simmons has been fired from another job and must decide if it’s time to give up her home and start fresh in another town. But, when her elderly neighbor dies mysteriously, she is pulled into leading a crusade to save the neighbor’s urban farm and find the killer. Through her new and unexpected relationship with these invisible people, Traci faces her own insecurities to learn what home really means.
Character Guest Post
Donna walked past me in the break room and said, “Don’t let love get you fired. No personal calls while you’re working.” She wasn’t talking to me, of course. She would never. She hates me. It was just something she said into the air, for everybody to hear but she meant me. I know that because she said it after I caught her looking at the picture on my phone’s lock screen. It’s a picture of Randall. So what, right? The other women hanging around in there answered her. I didn’t say anything because, why should I? I mean, even if Donna was nice to me, it’s still none of her business. Right?
Anyway, I don't think I can be in love. No, that's not what I meant. I mean I don't think that I'm allowed. I don't think that I'm allowed to be in love. I know that doesn't sound right, does it? But that's what I mean. Yeah, that's exactly what I mean. I believe that somewhere before I was born it was decided that kind of thing was something that I can't have. To be in love, I mean. I think all of that is decided before you even get here. You know, before you're born. It's already been decided what you can have and what you can't have. How else can you explain what happens here in this world? That's the way I think it works. It’s how I see it, anyway.
I mean, don't get me wrong. There are things that I love. I love my house, right? And my new job, in spite of dealing with Donna’s attitude. Mr. Kinsey is super nice and Ray … Well, he’s just who he is. I can deal with him okay. My house and my job are pretty big and important. Those two things. Well, I'm still trying to figure them out. The truth is, I'm still trying to figure myself out, too. See what I mean? It’s that part right there that would make me wreck everything in a relationship. How could it be okay for someone give me that kind of love when I don't have the mind to keep it together? But that’s how it is for me … with people. And relationships.
Hmm, I guess there have been some people that I actually made me feel … I don’t know … important. Like Josh. And Myra. I guess you could call that love. But that's not what I'm talking about, is it? I mean the kind of love when you're “in love” right? When you're in love with someone special and they are your whole world. In love with someone so much and so hard and so deep that you think about them all day and you dream about them all night. Someone that you want to keep in your life … forever. That kind of love. The “in love” kind. I don't think I’m allowed to have someone like that.
But if I could, it would be Randall.
About Barbara Howard
Barbara Howard is a “not-so-cozy” mystery and YA author of a dozen books, including her most recent trilogy, Finding Home Mystery Series; Final Harvest, Charlotte’s Revenge, and Milo’s Journey. She is a first-generation tech geek turned master gardener with a passion for fresh air, vegan cuisine, and tracing her roots. A big city girl with a small town heart, she returned to her family home in the Midwest after an extensive career as a Department of Defense Project Manager at the Pentagon and spends most of her time treasure hunting, spoiling her fur-babies, growing veggies, and raising chickens.
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