Good Neighbors

     This family photo inspired a chapter in Shelterbelts.  These neighbor women worked in the kitchen during my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary party at Tordenskjold Lutheran Church in 1956.  The church had electricity but no indoor plumbing.  These good women hauled large cream cans filled with water from their homes and lugged them down the […]

Quite a Year!

2015 has been a whirlwind with the release of Shelterbelts, the marketing events and next project.  What fun to meet readers from across the country. Keith and I spent a wonderful March in Arizona where I spoke to libraries and a Sons of Norway group.  Thanks to the Sun City Lodge for great hospitality and warm […]

Guest Post by Krista Soukup

Listen to a book on your next road trip Long car trips require entertainment. I returned yesterday from a trip to South Dakota and yes, Storm Bella was involved, but I survived any highly probable winter storm accidents. Though the road took me to Sioux Falls and back, my brain took me to Tolga Township in Candace Simar’snew […]

Kirkus Review describes Shelterbelts as Moving, Disturbing and Hilarious

       The Kirkus Review people have given their verdict on Shelterbelts.  I’m celebrating.  The reviewer obviously got my humor, liked my characters and enjoyed the book.  Yeah!  Good news!  She also describes it as disturbing.  Hmmm.  What could be disturbing about my Norwegian farmer book?  Perhaps a city person wouldn’t understand the harsh realities […]

Shelterbelts by Candace Simar, a book review by Mary Algaard

Posted by Mary Aalgaard on Jul 23, 2015 in Play off the Page | 2 comments Quote of the Day: Above the tree line, beyond the Hanson farm, the steeple of Tolga Lutheran poked into the clouds. The steeple showed from every corner of their farm. Tia looked toward the church many times a day while […]


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