After a long career in corporate America, Florence Osmund retired to write novels.
"I like to craft stories that challenge readers to survey their own beliefs and values,"
Osmund states. Florence’s website www.novelelements.com offers substantial
advice for new and aspiring writers including how to begin the project, writing
techniques, building an author platform, and book promotion. Florence lives on a
tranquil lake in northern Illinois where she continues to write literary fiction.
Title: Living with Markus
Publication date: 4/7/2016
Paperback pages: 286
Forced to choose between cultivating a satisfying life for himself
and rescuing his dysfunctional family members from their certain
demise causes Markus Nussbaum to question the importance of
Having put an embittered past behind him, Markus builds a
successful landscaping business and starts to appreciate the finer
things in life. But when his alcoholic sister and her two young sons
enter into the picture, Markus falls victim to their helplessness and
temporarily puts his own life on hold. And when his despondent father
is added to the mix, it doesn’t take long for Markus to regret losing
sight of his own dreams—and his girlfriend.
Painful soul-searching guides him to an unexpected decision as to
save his relatives from their ill-fated lives, or save himself from
entering into a life of missed opportunities.
Title: Regarding Anna
Publication date: 2/26/2015
Paperback pages: 272
Grace discovers a box in her parents’ attic that contains enough
suspicious items to cause her to believe that the people she had
called Mom and Dad her whole life may not have been her real parents.
After recovering from the shock of her parents’ deaths, Grace
Lindroth is tormented by the uncertainty of her identity and begins an
arduous search for answers. When certain clues draw her to a
boardinghouse once owned by Anna Vargas, she becomes convinced
that Anna was her real mother.
The lies and deceit that Grace unearths in her pursuit to validate her
identity are shocking, complicated, and not all buried in the past. Does
this force Grace to back down, or just heighten her determination
uncover the whole truth?
Title: Red Clover
Publication date: 2/22/2014
Paperback pages: 248
He had felt like an outsider in his own family his entire life. Now
twenty-six—confused and emotionally bankrupt after suffering a
childhood fraught with criticism and isolation—Lee leaves his
dysfunctional upper-class family to find his true self.
Determined to cultivate a meaningful life, Lee discovers a world
poles apart from the one he had left behind and an assortment of
unforgettable characters to go with it. But just when things start falling
into place, he is made aware of an alarming family secret that causes
him to question who he is and where he’s going.
What do you do when the people who had been entrusted with
nurturing you during your formative years are the same ones
responsible for turning your world upside down?
Title: The Coach House
Publication date: 4/26/2012
Paperback pages: 351
Newlyweds Marie Marchetti and her husband Richard have the
perfect life together. Or at least it seems until Marie discovers his
involvement with people and activities that make her run for her life.
Fate draws her to Atchison, Kansas, where she rents a coach
house apartment tucked away behind a three-story Victorian home
that she believes is a safe refuge and perfect place to start over. But
Richard isn’t about to let her go so easily and continues to seduce
her into his world, yet it is the discovery of her real father and his
surprising heritage that changes Marie’s life more than Richard ever
Publication date: 2/19/2013
Paperback pages: 357
Discovering the identity of your real father can be life-altering. Just
ask Marie. At twenty-six, she is about to meet her father for the first
As she packs her suitcase, Marie wonders how her newfound
family will receive her and what she will learn about them…and their
ethnicity. While she realizes that her life will change because of
them—not knowing just how much that scares her.
Will Marie find peace and truth in her life, or is it unrealistic for her
to think that such disparate lives can freely converge in 1940s middle
America? She quickly learns that the answer to that question is not
going to come easily.
A lot happens as a result of Marie’s visit, but ironically the most
significance consequence grows out of an encounter with a twelve-
year-old neighbor girl named Rachael.
Title: They Called Me Margaret
Publication date: 1/31/2018
Paperback pages: 272
Margaret has spent most of her life conforming to meet the
expectations of other people—first her father, then her husband. But
when she’s let go from her lucrative job, she decides it’s time to gain a
better sense of worth to herself and becomes a cozy mystery writer,
dreaming of one day owning her own bookstore. When she perceives
her husband is behaving similarly to some of the characters in her
books, her dream is jeopardized.
While abandonment is nothing new to Margaret—she hasn’t seen or
heard from her mother since she was six years old—the fear of losing
her husband is devastating. As she struggles to find strength to mend
her shattered marriage, she must also cope with her daughter’s
personal issues, a disoriented mother-in-law, and her own health.
Whether Margaret has the wherewithal on her own to get her life on
track seems doubtful. But can she trust in the help and support offered
by the people who initially tried to sabotage her dreams?
| When twelve-year-old Ben’s parents don’t come home from work
one day, he doesn’t know what to think—they’ve shown lack of
responsibility before, but nothing like this. Then when he discovers the
phone service had been cut off, he panics.
Ben’s six-year-old sister Lucy is more scared than he is, and she
clings to him for support. Both children are fearful of the police and
Child Protective Services and don’t want to end up in a foster home.
Ben considers going to the only neighbor he knows, but he doesn’t
trust that she won’t turn them over to the authorities.
Isolated from family and neighbors and viewing police and social
service workers as enemies, Ben and Lucy hide themselves away in
their home for several days before becoming desperate and venturing
out into the world. Their journey—fraught with obstacles and people
who may not have their best interests at heart—plays a significant role
in building Ben’s character and eventually determining his fate.
Title: Nineteen Hundred Days
Publication date: //2018