Milton-Freewater writer’s Montana roots come alive in new novel

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Patricia Pomeroy Tanner, a retired registered nurse living with husband Bob in Milton-Freewater, likes exploring the human condition and relationships with God.

Both are evident in her new novel, “The Shining Mountains Mystery,” self-published with CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and available through Amazon.com.

The title is derived from Native Americans who described Montana as “the land of the shining mountains,” the Montana native said.

The main characters in her contemporary western mystery-romance are fractured by divorce. A heap of healing has to take place to reconcile the formerly married couple Jean and Steven.

Their daughter Charity finds out as an adult that her father didn’t die when she was small. Rather, he’s alive and ranching in Montana, also unaware of her existence.

Bitterly angry at only just discovering the truth, Charity becomes estranged from her mother and ends up living with her father about the time when odd things are happening on his ranch, as if someone intends to sabotage his cattle operation.

Mix that up with arson, attempted murder, a cattle stampede and the theft of a prized bull and there’s adventure aplenty.

Patricia was born on her family’s wilderness homestead at Trego in northwestern Montana. At 6 she moved with the family to Kalispell and grew up in Big Sky Country. Some of her own sensibility of this lovely state comes alive on the pages of her story.

While living in the Walla Walla area when her children were younger, she trained as a registered nurse at Walla Walla Community College in the 1970s. She worked at the Milton-Freewater Healthcare Center then moved to Portland and worked at a hospital.

She traveled a lot, was licensed as an RN in several states and was director for a year at a hospital in Mountain Home, Ark. “Who’s Who in American Nursing” listed her in 1990-91 under the name Patricia Davis and in 1996-97 as Patricia Tanner.

She loves to write and has been at it since 1990 when she had articles published in Good Old Days magazine. “That’s when I decided that I could write books,” she said at authorsden.com .

When she and Pastor Bob had RVers for Christ Ministries at Hideaway Ponds Recreational Resort in Gibson, La., she applied the funds from the sale of her books to this endeavor.

She wrote two other inspirational mystery-romance novels, “For the Love of Joy” in 2001 by Publish America and “Mercy Triumphs” by Airleaf in 2005.

Her current novel is a fairly quick read at 188 pages. My one desire is that the final edit of its pages will take place before it goes to other readers as it’s rife with copy errors.

It’s disconcerting to stumble across superfluous, misplaced commas, misused words and word forms, incorrect spellings and an oft-repeated time element that doesn’t jibe with the daughter’s age and training as a veterinarian.

Books such as Patricia’s are printed on demand so the copy can be corrected before more books come off the press.

Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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