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Christy Award winner and Selah Award finalist


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?


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“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

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