Carla J. Underwood was born in Indiana and grew up in a small town in the northwest corner of the state. She understands both the challenges and the rewards of living in a small community.
That knowledge is woven throughout all of her books about small-town life. That includes her young adult series about the 1950s in rural Indiana and the first book in her new, modern-day series about small-town life.
She and her husband now live in a quaint Montana town not far from the university where they met. She continues to enjoy the wide variety of outdoor activities the state offers.
The General Story Legacy
A young, single professional, Alyx faces a life-changing family obligation. A provision in her grandmother's old Will requires the family to retain ownership of her general store. As the oldest member of her generation, it will soon be Alyx's turn to shoulder that responsibility.
During her summer break from teaching, she travels from her Montana home to Indiana to see the store for the first time. In the small town of Willowdale, she's seen as an outsider but meets several residents dealing with challenges of their own. If she can earn their trust, will they accept her help?
When the town suffers a devastating loss, Alyx is joined by a handsome new friend to help the most vulnerable residents. He is burdened by a family obligation of his own, but unlike Alyx, he refuses to accept it and sets in motion a plan that could set him free.
A Granddaughter's Promise; A Willowdale, Indiana Story2018
Mrs. Ivey's Cafe; A Willowdale, Indiana Story2017
A Dog's Life; A Willowdale, Indiana Story (2nd book)2017