Hour Glass - AVAILABLE NOW!
Michelle Rene's touching historical novel Hour Glass is now available! Set in the lawless town of Deadwood, South Dakota, Hour Glass shares an intimate look at the woman behind the legend of Calamity Jane told through the eyes of twelve-year-old Jimmy Glass. Kirkus Reviews calls it "compassionate and insightful, authentic and poignant."
After their pa falls deathly ill with smallpox, Jimmy and his sister, Hour, travel into Deadwood to seek help. While their pa is in quarantine, the two form unbreakable bonds with the surrogate family that emerges from the tragedy of loss. In a place where life is fragile and families are ripped apart by disease, death, and desperation, a surprising collection of Deadwood’s inhabitants surround Jimmy, Hour, and Jane. There, in the most unexpected of places, they find a family protecting them from the uncertainty and chaos that surrounds them all.
Praise for Hour Glass
"Rene’s tale features all the action and excitement of a classic western, and its humor and pathos add depth."
- Publisher's Weekly
"Heartfelt, characterful and full of life - a fabulous book about Calamity Jane!"
"The story is cleverly written, full of harrowing, pulse-stomping adventures, heartache, with endearing characters who will linger in your imagination far after the last page has been turned. I couldn't put the story down, drinking up every historical detail and plot nuance."
"The author's writing style is so authentic and perfectly paced that you feel you are right there in Deadwood. The story itself sounds like a western, but it is really a tale of family, love, friendship and a hard life. The author finds charm in a place where there shouldn't be, and will make you laugh out loud and cry even harder."