Nineteen Hundred Days

Nineteen Hundred Days

by Florence Osmund

ASIN: B07C864Q5F

Publisher Florence Osmund

Published in Literature & Fiction/Contemporary, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description


When twelve-year-old Ben’s parents don’t come home from work one day, he doesn’t know what to think—they’ve shown lack of responsibility before, but nothing like this. His six-year-old sister Lucy is more scared than he is and clings to him for support. Unwittingly fearful of the police and Child Protective Services, the children don’t want to end up in foster homes and will do anything to avoid being separated. Their journey—fraught with obstacles and people who may not have their best interests at heart—plays a significant role in building Ben’s character and eventually determining his fate.

Sample Chapter


This living room holds a curious mix of memories for me—some good, some disheartening, and some I have yet to fully understand. The new memory I will create here today with my daughter Sadie will fall into one of these categories, but into which one, I’m not sure. The discussion I am about to have with her is just the beginning—the memory will need to play itself out.

I still call this Aunt Birdie’s house, even though my name is now on the title. With four bedrooms and a big backyard, it suits my growing family. My wife and daughter keep petitioning for a dog, but I haven’t yet caved in to that request.

I take a deep breath before I begin the task of reducing a complicated saga—one that consumed my life between the ages of twelve and seventeen—into terms a five-year-old will understand.

“There’s something I want to explain to you, Sadie.”

“That’s okay, Daddy. I don’t have to know what you do at work.”

“No, sweetie. It’s not that.” I develop user interfaces for a toy manufacturer. She asked me yesterday what I did at work all day. I explained it to her as best I could, using her LeapPad as an example, but managed to completely lose her. “This is about your grandmother.”

“Grandma Tess?”

“No, your other grandma.”

“What other grandma?”

“Grandma Tess is your mom’s mother. But I have a mother too, and she’s your other grandmother. Her name is Grandma Rose.”

“I didn’t know that.”

“I know you didn’t.”

“So I have two grandmas?” Sadie looks confused but seems to be receptive to the idea. “Where does she live?”

“Well, that’s what I want to explain to you. Since before you were born, she’s been in, sort of like… She lives far away.”

“What’s she like, Daddy?”

This is a difficult question for me to answer. I haven’t seen my mother in a while, and given where she’s been, the years haven’t been very kind to her.

“Well, I know one thing,” I say to her. “I’ll bet she’ll be happy to meet her sweet little grandchild for the first time.”


She giggles as I tickle her. “Yes, you.”

“Why is she coming to see us?”

“Actually, she’s going to move here.”


As I search for the right words, I am taken back to the day when it all started—the extraordinary chain of events that has for better or worse shaped my life.

Someday, when Sadie is old enough, I’ll tell her the whole story. It’s one she should know.


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Author Profile

Florence Osmund

Florence Osmund

After more than three decades of experience in corporate America Florence Osmund retired to write novels. "I like to craft stories that contain thought-provoking plots, and characters with depth and complexity--particularly ones that challenge readers to survey their own values," Osmund states. Her notable website is dedicated primarily to helping new authors—offering advice she wishes she had received before starting her first novel. Osmund currently resides on the shore of tranquil Lake Miltmore in northern Illinois where she is working on her next novel.

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