Pam Bender came to visit me at the library in 2012 and donate a copy of her first book – Until There Was Us. I “borrowed” it that same evening and read it cover to cover, indulging in the decadent drama that made up Pam’s mother’s story.
The newest book in her Dennison saga, The Beat Goes On, is a prequel to the trilogy and begins when Varena, daughter of a German immigrant family, learns life and death lessons at a tender age. Ripped from the comfort and stability of her Little Germany neighborhood, she must find ways to make friends with strangers who don’t speak her language. The charming coping methods she develops help her throughout life – including the orchestration of her own courtship! When Protestant Varena marries a Catholic, it’s anyone’s guess how her tight-knit German family will react. Will the birth of their child, Ron Dennison, bring about peace and unity, or will religion divide them further? Join Ron and his father, Harold, in their petticoat-governed household as this beautiful family tale unfolds.