Announcing the release of Stacy Monson’s highly anticipated novel, Open Circle

LAUNCH EVENT 6:00PM, Thursday, June 21, 2018

The History

“After 8 long years my mom, Joyce, lost her battle with Alzheimer’s. Just eighteen months later we lost my mother-in-law, Marguerite. Writing Open Circle was a simple way to acknowledge all the fabulous people who cared for these amazing women through their years of struggle. There are so many people who care for our elders – from daily cares to adult day programs to support groups, research, developing educational programs. I was astounded to discover layer upon layer of dedicated people who are determined to make life better each and every day for both those afflicted with the disease as well as those who love and care for them.”

Stacy Monson is the award-winning author of The Chain of Lakes series, including Shattered Image, Dance of Grace, and The Color of Truth. Her stories reveal an extraordinary God at work in ordinary life. As a speaker, she engages her audience with humor, hope, and encouragement to be who they are where they are.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and MN Christian Writers Guild (MCWG), she is the area coordinator for ACFW in Minnesota, past president of ACFW MN-NICE, and the current Events Director for MCWG.

Residing in the Twin Cities, Stacy is the wife of a juggling, unicycling physical education teacher, mom to two amazing kids and two wonderful in-law kids, and a very proud grandma of 3 (and counting) grands.

The Details

Determined not to lose the only family they have, their tug-of-war impacts an entire community.

Mindy Lee “Minnie” Carlson’s dream job has dropped into her hands, but there’s a catch. She has four months to revive Open Circle, the town’s only Senior Adult Day Center, or the doors will close, leaving her beloved seniors stranded, and eliminating the only job she’s ever wanted.

Globe-trotting photographer Jackson Young documents the forgotten people of the world, focusing on the poor and elderly. After decades on the road, he’s stunned to learn his beloved Grandma Em is still alive in the small town he’d had to leave decades earlier.

Overjoyed, Jackson races back into town to reconnect with her and discovers she’s been Minnie’s adopted grandma for the past twenty years. When Grandma Em has a stroke, his ideas about her care pit him against Minnie’s determination and expertise. For Grandma Em’s sake, and the future of Open Circle, they’ll need to do the impossible—find a way to work together.

Words of Praise for Stacy Monson

“Open Circle is special to me because I was one of several caregivers for my father and years later the sole caregiver for my husband–both of whom suffered with Alzheimer’s. Minnie reminded me so much of my sister, and many of the techniques she uses to work with dementia patients. Naturally I loved her character and wanted to see her find love and happiness. The faith elements of the story and the wonderful romance with Jackson make this a fabulous read.” ~Lillie

“{Stacy} does not make life easy for her characters. She puts them through trial by fire, and she does it with grace, finesse, and tremendous talent. Well-developed characters. A riveting storyline. Writing that truly shines. And, of course, a satisfying conclusion that feels right, but comes only after a realistic, sometimes heartbreaking struggle, and a believable, touching journey. Very highly recommended!” ~ DeelaDL

“The Christian message in this novel fits so well – neither mechanical nor over-zealous – that, even though I believe the plot would also be successful without it, the novel would be less without it. Stacy does not attempt to portray ‘better’ people, but depicts, convincingly, how faith in God can help you to better understand and master Life. I’m not a church-goer, but I know quality and sincerity when I see it. Bravo!” ~ Hungry Caterpillar

“Some authors have their characters go to church a few times and call it a Christian book, but this one let you see the spiritual awakening and journey in the characters. I felt like I actually received something more than just a story.” ~ Amazon Customer

Book Facts

Open Circle, in both ebook and print formats, will be available at all major online distributors including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google, and iBooks.

ASIN ~ ebook ~ B07CBSD8Z6

ISBN ~ print ~ 9781537844800

Length: 347 pages

Genre: Women’s fiction/Romance

Retail price: $12.99 print

$5.99 ebook


The Real Setting: An Interactive Map of Southeastern Minnesota

An Interview with Stacy

What is your book about?

Open Circle centers around the value and definition of family, as well as the challenges in providing dignified and independent care for the elderly.

Minnie is a social worker with a passion for caring for seniors. She’s been given the opportunity to run Open Circle, an adult day program in her small town, with the caveat that if it’s not running in the black within 4 months, it will close. The only “family” she has is a long-time family friend, Em.

Jackson is a world-traveling photographer who discovers the grandma he’d been told was dead is actually alive and well in the small town where he grew up. With no other family, he’s excited to reunite with her, but is stunned to find she has an adopted granddaughter who thinks he’s simply ignored his grandmother for the past twenty years and has no intention of letting him back into Em’s life.

While Minnie is determined to keep Open Circle running so the seniors she loves are cared for in their later years, circumstances work against her. Complicating matters is Em’s obnoxious grandson who has reappeared and thrust himself into their lives. After Em’s stroke, Minnie and Jackson struggle to find ways to work together to provide the best care for Em.

Did any of your inspiration for this book originate in your real life experiences?

While caring for both my mother and mother-in-law as they dealt with Alzheimer’s, I was impressed and touched by the work of aides, medical personnel, and others who spend their days providing care for people who can be unpredictable and even difficult. My mother wasn’t a good fit for adult day programming, but my mother-in-law was, and I loved the thoughtful care and planning of each day’s activities as the staff worked to keep the seniors stimulated, challenged, safe, and loved.

Do you have another project in the works? If so, what is it?

My next project is a series that focuses on adoption, family, and identity, following 3 sisters who search for answers in their past.

What’s your writing background?

As a child living in the chaos of a crumbling marriage, I craved quiet, peace, stability. Writing stories saved me from getting lost in the anger and confusion of a broken family.

I created my own family—26 kids, all with first and middle names, all full of fun and adventure! I spent hours creating and living in a fantasy world of my own. And as I look back, I see God present in the life of a timid middle child who needed what only He had to offer: unconditional love, unwavering presence, and peace.

An amazing God at work in ordinary life.

Further comments about the writing experience:

I have the best job ever!


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