Caren Simpson McVicker
Learn more about Henderson House, Caren's debut historical fiction, coming in early 2023.
It's May of 1941 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Flowers are blooming, fishing derbies are afoot, and the war in Europe is a sobering newspaper headline. For the residents of a quiet neighborhood boarding house, the winds of change are blowing. Self-proclaimed spinster, Bessie Blackwell, her younger brother, Eddie, scheming sister, Florence, and teenaged nephew, Johnny, all live under Mrs. Henderson's watchful eye. As the landlady, cook, and adopted matriarch of the Blackwell Clan, Mrs. Henderson possesses an uncanny intuition about her borders. But when a charming new lodger, Frank Davis, takes up residence in room number one, even Mrs. Henderson's vision becomes clouded as family plots take shape and family secrets flow back from the past. In just a few late spring weeks, storms of the private, personal kind will change their lives, and the lives of those they love, forever.
Set against the history of Indian Territory and the front porches and church suppers of Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1941, Henderson House is heart-warming historical fiction that explores the power of family stories to define us, limit us, and ultimately inspire us.
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Caren Simpson McVicker was born in Oklahoma and now lives in Vermont with her husband, a rescue dog, and a barn cat turned happy-house kitty. She's learning to embrace the empty nest as her adult children take flight. Caren is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She spent most of her career as a technical writer and social media consultant. An active member of The Dorset Players, her local community theater, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Caren won Inkshares 2020 All Genre Contest. Henderson House is her first novel.