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Savor the Moments was the first story I wrote. It has not been published or completely edited. Below is a brief synopsis of the story. You can read the Prologue by clicking on the link below. Please feel free to email me any comment or interest in reading the complete saga. At this point, I'm not sure if I'd like to offer it as two complete books or perhaps only release it as episodes on a Patreon page. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Many thanks.



Copyright © 2024 by Nancy Garner




Savor the Moments—set in Chicago, IL, circa 1960s and 70s—follows Nina Banner as she navigates a world shaped by loss, love, and overwhelming choices. Shattered by the tragic loss of her mother, at the tender age of ten, Nina must find her place in a family dominated by four older brothers and a grieving father who succumbs to alcoholism after the death of his wife.

Life is challenging for the only girl in a household of five males. Dealing with her changing body without her mother, young Nina feels frightened and confused. It is only with the help of her mother’s last surviving triplet can she navigate these challenges.

As Nina grows from a girl to a woman, she falls in love, becomes an accomplished chef, suffers the loss of other loved ones, and finally finds someone she believes to be her forever love. However, fate takes an unexpected turn when her first love returns from the dead, halting her wedding. Now, Nina must choose between her long-lost love and the man who desperately wants to marry her.

In Savor the Moments, Nina’s journey is a poignant exploration of the human spirit and the ability to endure heartbreaking moments and rejoice in the splendid ones.

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About the Author

Nancy Garner is a lifelong resident of Illinois and shares her home with her husband and three rescue dogs. She is retired after working 25 years at a local newspaper. For several years she volunteered at an animal rescue shelter. Her dream was to write novels. Now that her two children are grown, she spend her time walking her fur children, and writing.


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