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Coming November 11, 2016


When nobody loves you, you have nothing to lose...
A novel about trust, dignity, and love.

What they're saying about UnderStory:

Several paragraphs into chapter one, the tension grabs you.
Nike Chillemi, author of inspirational crime fiction and historical mystery

 Lisa Lickel weaves together a masterful tale of intrigue and romance, and the multilayers of complexity will leave the reader turning the pages. The characters are well-developed, and overarching themes involving racism and prejudice will resonate with the reader.
The story takes place in the Midwest—in a small town that harbors a big secret—perhaps more common than anyone dares to imagine.
UnderStory is one of those rare books that’s not only a great read but makes a statement about what’s most important—
in the midst of depravity, unfairness, and greed.
Lorilyn Roberts, award-winning author and

founder of the John 3:16 Marketing Network

Drugs, human trafficking, and corruption all play their part in Lisa Lickel’s atmospheric thriller, UnderStory, but it’s the characters and the love story you’ll remember most. In some ways, the book reminded me of the movie, Fargo—quirky locals, investigators facing not only ruthless criminals but also a frozen winter landscape of snow and ice in an isolated far north town. The blizzard is the catalyst that brings together two emotionally damaged strangers when Cam finds the mysterious Lily unconscious near his isolated cabin. When he brings her inside, he becomes involved in both love and dangers he never expected when he hid himself away in the woods.  

First Children of Farmington
the set of 6 is now complete

The French Girl

The Irish Girl

4 stars.
Reviewed By Sarah Stuart for Readers’ Favorite

The French Girl (A First Children of Farmington book) by Lisa J. Lickel is based on the true story of Marie Brinker, a girl born in Luxembourg and brought up in France. Her family emigrated to America in 1852. Her father was a tailor, and the family, together with another couple, did intend to run a store; a project made impossible by the cost of importing goods. Ms Lickel has retained the outline of Marie’s arrival in Farmington, and the fact that her father spent months away from his family, working in Chicago. She has built on that grounding to give an accurate, but fictional, picture of rural life, and how the character of Marie in the story learns to fit in with local customs and make new friends.

Lisa J. Lickel’s short story, The French Girl (A First Children of Farmington book), is beautifully illustrated by Brenda K. Hendricks. The images are mainly of antique items, some of them essential to demonstrate how a tool used in the story would operate. Marie’s first hurdle is communicating with the neighbours’ children; Farmington is a German-speaking community. Young readers will be fascinated by activities such as a feather bee and the visit to the County Fair. Even more intriguing are the personalities trapped between the pages, and Marie’s thoughts about whom she’s prepared to befriend and copy as she adapts to her new life. The majority are friendly and hard-working, but there is also Augusta. All good stories have an antihero, and this one is well-painted: not overdone, but not likeable either.

Visit the First Children of Farmington page for more information on the other books in the series.