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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elisabeth Hewitt Bantz  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: Boston, Ma

-- Elisabeth Hewitt Bantz on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Bantz lives in Columbia, Illinois, a southwestern Illinois town near St. Louis.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elisabeth Hewitt Bantz has been writing Christian fiction for more than a quarter century, specializing in Christian romance novels. Her books include ''The Secret Cove'' and ''Sins of the Fathers'', the first two of four books that comprise the generational saga Secrets of the Heart.

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Titles At Your Library

Sins of the Fathers
ISBN: 1401022626

Xlibris Corp. 2001

"As far back as I can remember, I've always felt there was something different about me. My family. It was the concerned looks my parents would give each other when I'd ask them the wrong question, and the fearfulness I witnessed at family gatherings. I thought I had suffered all I could stand after my father died, and my mother moved us to this remote little town out in the cornfields, but I was wrong. When I was seventeen, I was hit by a truck and almost died, and what I overheard while coming out of a coma was so . . . humiliating, I - I just couldn't face my friends," Melissa tells the writer, Kinzey White. "I'd like to hear the whole story, if you don't mind. Why don't you start from the beginning?" Kinzey switched on the recorder and poised her pencil to take notes.

The Secret Cove
ISBN: 140102176X

Xlibris Corp. 2002

Betrothed as a young girl, Rachel Solomon faces a loveless union to an older man as a promise to her ailing father. Her young math teacher befriends her in her senior year of high school, and Rachel gradually divulges her growing fears. Before the year is finished, David Christianson can no longer deny his love, and pledges to rescue Rachel from the arranged marriage. They are married in the judge's chambers in downtown Boston at the end of the school year. But their honeymoon is short-lived. When Rachel's father dies of heart failure, her former fiancÚ and her scheming Aunt Hazel team up and successfully separate the newlyweds. Baffled and angry, David finishes grad school and takes a teaching assignment in the Midwest. Disillusioned, Rachel moves in with her Aunt Ruth and Uncle Saul in the Midwest. Mere miles apart for years without realizing it, they are finally reunited in answer to their son's timely prayer the day Rachel registers him in his father's school.



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