Before he died, Sharyn Jensen’s father gave her a manuscript he had written that bore the mark of his passionate spirit. For many years, long after her father’s death, his manuscript lay untouched in a drawer. It was not forgotten, however, because Sharyn believed that her father’s story had a strong message, and she promised herself that one day she would find a way to share it with the world.
Wanting to make his story more appealing to modern readers, she conceived of the idea of wrapping her father’s story within another story. The characters of Jonah and Elizabeth sprang to life in her mind and on the page, she added “Cassandra’s Journey” to the original story, and thus was Gramp’s Manuscript conceived and brought to fruition.
Sharyn lives in Green Valley, Arizona, and enjoys reading, gardening, making jewelry, and being a handywoman.
Parable, strong women
Four-year-old Jonah appears to know by heart every word of his great-great-grandfather’s written legacy, mystifying his parents and his mother’s best friend Elizabeth. When he claims to have written the manuscript himself in another lifetime, they are incredulous.
Elizabeth has her own troubles, too, including a charming but undependable boyfriend and a less-than-satisfying career. Despite her problems, her affection for her best friend’s son Jonah leads her to help him recreate his great-great-grandfather’s manuscript. All goes awry, though, when not only the irreplaceable manuscript but also the charming boyfriend disappear.
In the process of searching for the original manuscript and her missing boyfriend, Elizabeth finds unexpected answers to her life’s deepest questions, answers that impel her to change her life in unforeseen ways.