The Story behind ‘The Rising Place’ by David Armstrong

The Story Behind the Book

TheRisingPlace_w14312_ibI got the idea for The Rising Place after reading a daily devotional in The Upper Room magazine one morning about a retired school teacher who had just died, leaving no children. After the service, one of the teacher’s former students, from fifty years back, approached his teacher’s niece and told her what a great teacher her aunt had been and how she had positively influenced his life and the lives of several of his friends. The niece was amazed, and a bit ashamed, since she never took the time to get to know her aunt, who she merely regarded as an eccentric old maid.

So, I decided to develop this story into a novel and centered it around, what I thought, was an interesting premise: What if you found a box of love letters written by an old spinster during World War II who had just died—would you read…

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