Take Me Home to Woodstock: A Novel

“A sweet story about real life set in a more refined and polite time.”
 Liz Waterfall, Wind Point, WI
“You definitely know how to keep a reader amused.” Ellsworth Saldivar    

John Wienke of Woodstock, Illinois, is looking for a wife and Ida Doering of Racine, Wisconsin, has all but given up on finding a husband.  Mutual friends step in, and soon Ida and John are engaged in a long-distance courtship through letters, trips on the new electric train, and the newfangled contraption called a telephone.  Eventually, Ida can stand it no more.  She gives John an ultimatum, and the date is set. But moving to Woodstock means beginning a whole new life including moving in with John’s mother. Now with John’s job at the typewriter factory in question and the possibility of a baby on the way, John and Ida must decide whether to face the hardships of the new century together – or apart.

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The story of John, Ida, and their German immigrant families is told through narration, actual newspaper accounts from The Woodstock Sentinel and The Racine Times Journal, and letters sent over the years.  Take Me Home to Woodstock engages the reader in the day-to-day life, the trials and tribulations, the celebrations and joys of life in early Woodstock.

Take Me Home to Woodstock will be available in October 2019 in print (190 pages).