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Where I Belong

When Heather Samis moves in next door, she and Tanner Wolfe quickly become best friends. They help each other through high school and college, date other people, and write letters during their missions. Heather passionately dreams of becoming an artist, while Tanner has his life mapped out as an executive at his father's software company. Their friendship is too important to let romance get in the way.

Then the impossible happens, and the invisible line between friendship and love is blurred. But Heather has seen her mother give up a promising artistic talent to raise ten children and serve in the Church. She is determined she will not sacrifice her own talent.

Her testimony seriously shaken, Heather finds herself faced with a decision that will change her life forever. She desperately wants to allow herself to love her best friend and become a mother to their children, yet how can she forget her lifelong dream of succeeding in the art world? And if she does choose love, can she be truly happy without the art that is as much a part of her as breathing? There seems to be no way to succeed in both. Or is there?

What Others Are Saying

I just wanted to share with you how exactly you hit the nail on the head with some things I've been going through lately, just a total feeling of overwhelm at the whole motherhood thing and feeling resentful toward my children for cutting into my writing time, then feeling guilty for feeling that way. Thanks for writing this book—it was great to know that I wasn't alone in what I'm going through!
  —Tristi Pinkston, author of Nothing To Regret
I appreciated Heather's journey of discovery. Many people go through periods of questioning in their lives. Having to make a choice between two good things is a dilemma many people face. I enjoyed the emphasis on families and the resolution at the end of the novel that left the reader feeling at peace with Heather's decisions and the impact they would have on her future.
  —Amy Stephens
I just had to let you know how much I enjoyed Where I Belong. Wonderful, wonderful story! It was so refreshing to get a different character perspective, one where not everyone is strong in their testimony and in the paths of life.The whole message of this book was very thoughtfully presented, and I wanted to thank you so much for writing a book that was deeper spiritually than most. It was a real treat to read. :)
  —Erin Klingler, author of Love Beyond Tomorrow
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Author's Comments

Some time ago, someone asked if it was possible for an active LDS person to really succeed in an artistic career. Being a writer who is actively LDS and a mother of six children, I have faced my own challenges in this area. I believe my gender complicates the issue considerably. When Dad is gone from the home, Mom fills in. But who can take her place when her mind is elsewhere? Thus began the seed of this novel.

The main character, Heather, is an artist who has seen her mother give up a promising artistic talent to raise ten children and serve in the Church. She is determined she will not sacrifice her own talent in the same manner. Driven by this fear, she begins to view her religion and her culture in a completely new light and her testimony is seriously shaken. When love presents itself, she must search for her own truth to make a decision she will have to live with for the rest of her life.

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General Info

Cedar Fort, Softcover Tradeback, Romance, 206 pages.
First printing in August 2003
ISBN 1-55517-715-8 Type other info here