Millie’s Rose

Sometimes, when a heart breaks, the damage is so severe the only way it can heal is to return it to the land where it was born. Knowing this, Millie Handley makes one request of her husband, Dan, when she discovers her cancer is terminal—to return home to Nebraska and build the house he’s been dreaming of since he was a little boy.

Two months after Millie’s funeral, Dan finds himself pulling up the rutted, dirt driveway that winds around the banks of Chelsea Lake, headed toward a desolate future he’s not sure he wants to survive. Unable to grieve and desperate to forget the life he lost, Dan locks himself in his great-grandfather’s cabin and allows the pain to consume him, like a grass fire burning out of control.

Stacy Ruzicka’s final promise to her best friend, Millie, was to help Dan through the pain, and she’s determined to do just that—whether he wants her to or not. Stacy and Dan have known each other longer than their memories reach back, and she knows him better than he knows himself, but the harder she tries to force Dan to rise from the depths of his grief and take that first breath of life again, the harder he pushes her away—until he’s suddenly pulling her into his arms and into his healing heart.

(Prairie Muse Publishing, May 2011 – OUT OF PRINT)

In 2015, Millie’s Rose was removed from print. The original story was re-imagined and expanded into the weekly serialized blog, Allman Falls – A Small Town Story




5 Responses to “Millie’s Rose”

  1. Stacy March 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm #


    I’ve tried to purchase Millie’s Rose from Prairie Muse press and I get directed to Amazon to purchase e-book. Unfortunately, Kindle doc are not compatible for my Nook. (I’ve tried reading from computer it’s cumbersome switching from computer to e-reader). Is Millie Rose available at other e-book retailers? I really hope so!

    Thanking you in advance,

    • Donna March 30, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

      Hi, Stacy!

      Thank you so much for your interest in Millie’s Rose. The e-book edition is currently enrolled in the Select program which makes it exclusive to Amazon for a 90-day period, expiring in June. Let me check with Mary Schwaner at Prairie Muse and see if there is any way we can get a Nook-compatible copy to you before then. As soon as I hear back I’ll let you know.

      Thanks again!

      • Stacy March 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

        Thanks so much, Donna!


        • Donna March 31, 2012 at 8:09 am #


          I heard back from my publisher, and she said since Millie’s Rose is enrolled in Amazon’s Select program it cannot be sold or distributed in any manner other than through the Amazon website until the end of the enrollment period. I did a little looking online and found Calibre. It is a site for managing your e-book library. They also have tools for converting e-books from one version to another. I’ve never used it before so I’m not sure how easy it is to use, or if it works for Kindle-to-Nook conversions, but it’s worth a try.

          I’m so sorry for the inconvenience. I know this doesn’t fully make up for it, but I would like to offer you a free copy of OLIVIA. You can download it directly to your Nook through Smashwords. Go to and enter the coupon code UY36A at checkout. The coupon is valid through May 1, 2012.

          My apologies, and thanks for reading,

  2. Stacy March 31, 2012 at 11:27 am #


    Thanks for the information about Calibre and the coupon to use at Smashwords. I will have to consider a different e-reader – although I really like the Nook. B&N have not stepped up competitively in their marketing.

    I’m appreciative of your time and look forward to reading OLIVIA!


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