It's 1963 in a small town in Nebraska. Rich, Nebraska farmer-rancher-playboy, Shay Westover is handsome to the core. Six foot, big brown eyes, black sexy wavy hair, sort of the Michael Landon style Shay has woman flocking to him like bees to honey. Shay Westover's family lives large, the town Westover, Nebraska is named after his Great Grandfather. The Westover's are wealthy beyond words. Cattlemen and crop raisers, they run one of the largest spreads in Westover, as well as having a huge grazing ranch in the Nebraska sand hills. Westover Lake, owned by Shay's family, is the play ground for Shay and his many girlfriends. Shay boats, water skis, and though he is a hard worker, he always has a pretty girl near his side, when he's not at the ranch working. Woman just pursue him. One night while circling through King's Drive thru with his friends, a car stalls in front of his big fancy 1960 Metallic Red Impala. Honking his car horn, to get the car to move, Shay got a big surprise. Kathrine Mitchell, a young pregnant girl from the wrong side of the tracks, gets out of her car and stomps up to his car window, yelling at him to knock it off, “can't you see I can't get my car started?”. Shay is smitten by how cute and precious she looks. She's five foot, six, blonde hair, she's wearing tight blue jeans, cute maternity top and wearing three inch high heels. Kathrine takes Shay's breath away. Shay doesn't know who she is, but he knows he wants this girl.
Kathrine, (later to be named Callie, by Shay), wants nothing to do with this playboy. Kathrine's heard about his trysts with women. She's having none of it. She has also decided how much she hates sex, telling herself that no one will ever touch her again. Shay is relentless in pursuing her. Shay finally wins Callie's heart, while she's stranded with him in a flood at his ranch. Shay is ram-rodding the entire operation for the next few weeks, Shay's parents are in California on vacation. Callie holds him off for days, even pinning a scarf down the middle of the king bed, making Shay stays on his own side. Eventually Shay wins her trust by having her little baby, who she misses so much, choppered to the ranch. Callie has to decide if she wants to take a chance on a night of Shay making love to her. Shay puts the ball in her court. Shay has softened her heart by bringing her baby, Kelly, to the ranch to be with her. This was a noble gesture. Callie has a fear of flying, so she couldn't be choppered out. Shay tells her that he wants to show her what real love making is like. It's not the wam bam, that she encountered with her child's father. Their love making turns out so hot, that even Shay finds himself shocked. Did Callie maybe teach him a thing or two, did Shay also learn the difference between sex and making love? Life for Shay changes, right there in his parents bedroom suite. One night of making love to Callie, Shay finds that his days as a single playboy are numbered. What has this cute, little feisty girl from the wrong side of the tracks done to him. Did she ground him for life. From then on, sex for Shay and Callie, is about 30 hours of sexual pleasure a week, for the rest of their lives. You will find unexpected love, laughs, tears, sickness, break ups, fire, and all the horrible tragedies these two young lovers will face. Shay marries his Callie, she is his princess, Shay has taught Callie what it's like to be swept up in the Shay hold. Shay loves Callie's baby, saying she is his, “best no one ever forget that”. Shay and Callie let you come into their bedroom with tasteful sex. Sex for these two, lasts about two hours, with love making always starting with some slow dancing or a sensual shower together. They make love three times a day, if they can work afternoons in. Callie, still being the feisty little gal that she is, always challenging Shay, finds that Shay can tame her down a bit, with a good bare bottom spanking, over his knee. Together, they will win your heart, your tears and your laughter. You won't want to put this book down. Callie always says, love should be tender, not abusive. From dancing naked in the rain to burying their precious child, these two will never disappoint. The sequel to this book will be out soon, titled Starling Darling. If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey, then you will love this real story of magical, sexual love, and drama. Come on into the bathroom and take a shower with Shay and Callie, they will teach you and your spouse how to be anxious, to get home to each other, every night.
As a life long reader, I've learned to look to books as a form of travel, adventure, intrigue and transformation. In the day to day battle to get ahead, or just keep the head above water, my love of books took a back burner in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. At the time I picked up 'Samson and Sunset' I didn't just receive the gift of a getaway from that hustle and bustle, but something invaluable. I very unexpectedly fell head over heels for Callie, Shay and their breathtaking love story.
I felt something as a reader that I haven't felt in quite some time- longing. Longing for a 'hero' that I could truly believe would sweep me off my feet and into his 'Shay hold'. Longing like the driven heroine Callie, to keep her family safe, while learning to accept herself and let go of past fears and loneliness. Longing for a glimpse of a lifetime shared together, through hardships and triumphs and coming out the other side.
This novel not only left me longing, but it made me realize what I was missing by not taking the time to enjoy the great gift that books give to us. I found that I was actually searching my collection, with a thirst for reading that needed to be quenched. That is the magic of 'Samson and Sunset', leaving you wanting to follow Callie and Shay along for their next adventure.
At 436 pages, 'Samson and Sunset' flows smoothly in the first person, as told by Kathrine (later to be renamed Callie, by the young man who would change her life forever, Shay Westover). Born on the 'wrong side of the tracks', and wondering from a very young age, just who decided which side was the 'right side', Callie is a 'virgin in every sense of the word'. One night, a date takes a very dark turn, leaving her with child. Soon after that she has a chance meeting with the very popular, Shay Westover, leaving an impression with her 'smart mouth' and no nonsense attitude.
Be prepared to be swept away by the 'force' that is Callie and Shay. And they are a force to be reckoned with! Theirs' is a love story that starts with exasperation and chuckles and goes straight to moments of wide eyed shock and belly laughs. Callie's no nonsense attitude comes to full force when tested by Sterling (Shay's father) leaving the elder Westover speechless and earning Callie, Shay's respect. It seems the only person that can leave Callie speechless is Shay, as he convinces her to take a chance on him, before mother nature and FATE step in as the water rises.
Friendship develops into full blown romance after Callie and Shay are stranded together at the Westover homestead, along with Shay's beloved Cookie, during a flood. What follows from there is the beginning of a near 20 year lovestory, filled with ups and downs, happiness and heartache, tragedy and triumph, as two stubborn kids grow together, making eachother better and stronger, and reinstilling faith in this reader that true love does exist.
Author Dorothy Annie Schritt has such a gift for dialogue full of wit and wisdom, that fills her readers with hope and joy. Her story flows effortlessly through changes in time and style, as not only the times change, but her characters mature. The first person observations that Callie makes are never heavy handed, and don't tell the reader how to feel about any given time in the story. The perfection in the writing is in how we can read between the lines at certain times throughout the journey. Callie's observations, first impressions and overall opinion about events and people in her life, are spoken with a forethought that leaves the reader knowing that time and experience change perception.
Ms. Schritt weaves a story that covers a wealth of emotions and issues, ranging from young love, loss of family, fidelity and forgiveness. That is the glaring difference between this novel and 'modern' romance today. This book redefines sensuality, as seen over the lifetime of a married couple who are deeply in love with eachother. From the first lovescene to the last, there is no question that the romance is expressed with the utmost love and devotion. These are fully dimensional characters, that are quite human. They have flaws, they make mistakes and they make eachother better.
Shay helps Callie to find the strength within herself, strength he knows she possesses, to survive some of the most devistating blows that a woman and mother can face. In turn, Callie makes Shay a better man, a man that he would never have become without her influence in his life. A well painted backdrop in Nebraska, full of intriguing characters, following a lifetime in a marriage, that will leave you laughing through tears of joy.
I cannot think of 'Samson and Sunset' without recalling some of my favorite parts: The first time Shay leaves Callie speechless, 'A Day's Work for A Day's Food', baby Marie and the Tuneyville Choo Choo, the surprise of their first home, that I love to refer to as a 'love letter' from Shay, the 'tanning of the shrew' and some rather funny fights as well. For those that don't know what these last statements refer to, I suggest you start reading 'Samson and Sunset' today. Take the journey of a lifetime and believe in true love again.
About the author:
I was born in 1942, in a small town in Nebraska, to German Immigrants. We were very poor and from the “wrong side of the tracks”, as it was called in the 60s. I wasn't able to attend a two year college. I worked my way through Bette Bonn Fashion School of Modeling and Design, a nine month course. I taught classes there for about 17 months after graduating.
From age 21 to age 66, all I was known for was being a mother and a grandmother. For me that was a good thing, since it was my life's dream.
After attending my youngest daughters wedding, I had hours to think, on the long drive home. Was I someone who had more to give. I questioned my life. Well one thing, I knew I could design. I would just close my eyes, vision it, and design it. No computer involved, I am not from that era. I arrived home quite empty and sad. I so often called myself a professional mother, but isn't every mother, a professional mother? I had a lady ask me, “What is a professional mother”? I told her the only thing I could think of in a flash back statement, “A professional Mother is a mother who doesn't trade her children s time, for money.” That statement didn't even make sense to me, so I wonder how she perceived it.
I got up the next morning an announced to my family that I was going to write a novel. Well now I had a family with rolling eyes, and thundering laughter. My grand daughter told me, “Grand Mother, everyone writes a book”, but most people never finish one. She added, “Grandmother, you don't even know how to type, or turn on a computer. I have never seen you write a letter”. True, this was all true. Grammar was my downfall, I still don't know a noun from a verb, but I knew if I could get my thoughts written down, I could get someone to edit it.
My grand daughter then pointed out the reason's why I could and never would be able to write a book. I have degenerative arthritis in both hands, I don't know how to turn on a computer, nor do I know how to type. I have dyslexia, and I have glaucoma in both eyes. I just had a knee replacement, needing another. How my knee could affect my writing is beyond me.
I Bought a laptop, learned how to open it at age 66. I hunt and pecked a 420 page novel. Through out my life I had encountered so many events, that I had story lines galore. I could embellish on them and I would write my story. I titled it Samson And Sunset. It took almost two years, with a 6 months hiatus. The day I typed my last paragraph of my novel, unbeknownst to me, My grand daughter recorded me on her cell phone, as I sat on my bed sobbing, “I just wrote a complete novel”. She asked me how I felt about writing a complete novel? I loved it, I had written this with so much physical pain, but not near as much pain, as I had pulled from the depths of my heart. I still can't read my own novel, without tears rolling down my cheeks. I am a mother, a grandmother, and now I am a writer. I am a somebody, not just a mother.
I have sense launched my own perfume line, in the scent of our heroine Callie. My perfume is, Shay's Callie, and is available on my site, an through my Facebook Fan Group page. I hope to have it in department stores in the next few years. To my children, “hey kids, your Mom is becoming a Mogul”.
My editor is, Tai Albert, Wagner. Tai is the grand daughter of the late Eddie Albert of Green Acres, and the daughter of the late Edward Albert of Butterflies Are Free, and The Yellow Rose series. Tai is a free lance editor and very credited in her own right. I highly recommend her for editing. I was very fortunate that the great painter, Jim Warren, allowed me to use his painting titled, Together Again, for my cover.
I am amazed at the love that this story has received. I just finished my sequel to Samson And Sunset, titled Starling Darling. It is being edited as I write this. There will be many more adventures with Shay and Callie Westover. A fan made two tribute videos to this novel, they are showcased on youtube. There is a Facebook, Samson And Sunset Fan Group, page that a lady from NY started. Shay and Callie, will suck you in, you will feel like you know them personally. You will fall in love with the Westover family. You will marvel at their love, they stamina to work thru many trials, and you will long for, the Shay hold.
I just want to thank all of you who read it, love it, and want more of it. Hold on to your hats, there is much more to come. I have found that writing has healed my heart in so many ways.
Thank you for reading and loving my novel, Samson And Sunset.
Dorothy Annie Schritt
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