Interview with Calliope Jeffers from Donna Schlacter’s Calli – Novel PASTimes

Welcome to Novel PASTimes, Calliope. What are you able to inform us about your self?

Calli: Thanks a lot. I’m glad to be right here. Let me introduce myself. My title is Calliope Jeffers, however all people calls me Calli. I assume you’d name me the heroine of the story, though that makes me sound so courageous, and I’m something however. You would name me the love curiosity, however that might be telling the top earlier than the start. I’m a latest widow, my husband having died abruptly on obligation right here the place we reside in Fort Bridger, Wyoming Territory. I’m stepping out in child steps, determining what comes subsequent.

Novel PASTimes: Okay, Calli. Please inform us one thing about the place you reside.

Calli: As I mentioned, Fort Bridger, Wyoming Territory. It’s an thrilling time, 1870. There are nonetheless wagon trains heading west. Not so many as there was once, I’m instructed. The fort is a well-liked stopping level for provides, medical care, a blacksmith, and the city itself has a number of saloons, though I’ve not seen them personally. There are greater than 100 males stationed right here, plus a superb many civilian staff and navy wives. Even a couple of kids.

Novel PASTimes: Do you may have a cherished possession?  

Calli: The Bible my mother and father gave me. When my husband was stationed in Fort Bridger, he mentioned I might carry one suitcase. Are you able to think about? How to decide on amongst my stunning attire, coats, hats, and sneakers? However, as he jogged my memory, we’d have nowhere to put on such fripperies, and so there was no level in bringing them. So as an alternative, I stuffed my suitcase with medical books. And my Bible. It’s the one factor I’ve from them. I nonetheless had room for 2 attire, a pair of trainers, underclothing (which I received’t point out right here), and necessities similar to a hairbrush and hair pins.

Novel PASTimes: How do you are feeling about your occupation? 

Calli:  I really like being a nurse. Ever since I used to be a bit of woman, I needed to assist individuals. After all, again then, boys grew as much as be medical doctors, and ladies grew as much as be nurses. Maybe someday, that received’t be true. I do virtually all the identical issues Doc Wheldon would do if he had been there, which he typically isn’t. And whereas I can, I nonetheless like the non-public care of the affected person, listening to them, speaking to them, writing letters house for them. Most of my sufferers are troopers and their wives, each of whom have made an enormous sacrifice to serve their nation. We should always maintain them in our prayers.

Novel PASTimes: What’s your deepest, most carefully held secret? 

Calli:  I battle with the truth that I liked my husband so deeply that in merely one other man, I’m doing each a disservice. Sure, I perceive marriage is “til dying do us half”, however each time I see Bradley Wilson, I consider my husband. The one factor I can do is belief that God has a plan, and if Mr. Wilson is a part of that, then love will come once more. How fortunate a girl might I be, to like deeply and eternally twice on this life!

Novel PASTimes: Do you may have a private relationship with the Lord? 

Calli:  I assumed I did. I imply, I prayed. Learn my Bible. Went to church. However when my husband died, I used to be offended with Him. He might have saved him, couldn’t He? So why wasn’t he price saving? That’s what I needed to know. And the platitudes from the ladies on the fort didn’t assist. God wanted one other angel. Then why didn’t He merely make one other like He did with the primary of creation? I used to be sure my husband died as a result of I didn’t have sufficient religion.

Novel PASTimes: Has it modified? Why? 

Calli:  Once I had that tiny child relying on me, seeing the best way she wanted me for meals, altering her diaper, conserving her secure, I noticed what God needed to have with me. Once I didn’t have what she wanted, I felt so helpless. I couldn’t rely upon any individual else to save lots of us—I needed to flip again to God. Figuring out I’m a daughter of the King of kings has modified my life.

Novel PASTimes: That makes an enormous distinction, I agree! What do you count on the long run will maintain for you?  

Calli:  I’m instructed I shouldn’t give away the top of the story however suffice it to say that now that my relationship with God has deepened, I do know He will likely be with me all the best way. Presently, there are a number of vivid alternatives on the horizon, positioned there by God, deliberate by Him particularly for me, so no matter occurs, it’s effectively with my soul. Hmm. That feels like one other nice hymn within the making.

Novel PASTimes: Is there anything you’d like individuals to learn about you?

Calli:  I’ve realized that the one One I can actually belief in is God. I’m an unbiased girl, safe in my career, capable of earn a residing for myself. When my husband died, I assumed, “Effectively, that is simply one other chapter in my life. I need to transfer on and do what I want.” However I couldn’t neglect my husband. He appeared in my ideas day-after-day. And once I met Mr. Wilson, I discovered myself evaluating him to my husband. And at all times falling quick. I noticed that until I had a deep and significant relationship with God, until I trusted in His Son Jesus, I might at all times fall quick in God’s eyes, too. So please, for those who haven’t surrendered your life to God and your coronary heart to Jesus, accomplish that. It’s easy. Right here’s a brief prayer: Pricey God, I do know I’ve ignored You for a very long time. However I give my life to You. Do with it what you’ll. And Jesus, I do know you paid the value for my sin. Please forgive me. I’ll attempt to observe you all the times of my life. Amen. Subsequent, inform any individual of your determination, then discover a Bible-believing church. In case you’d wish to share with me, you’ll be able to contact me at donna AT livebytheword DOT com



Calli works as a nurse with the US Military at Fort Bridger, Wyoming in 1880. When a wagon practice stuffed with discouraged emigrants passes by means of on its method east, a pregnant widow delivers her child then dies. Bradley Wilson, main this practice, has few choices. He asks Calli to journey with them till they discover a relative to take the kid in St. Joe, Missouri. Calli, drawn to each this darkish and quiet man and the kid, resists. However when she disappears, he wonders if she’s run away or been kidnapped. Can these two put their pasts behind them and transfer into a brand new future collectively? Or will Calli insist on having issues her personal method?



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