Once Upon a Time in Iowa


Set in early 1870’s Harrison county, Iowa — mainly Calhoun


At seventeen years old, Mary Cardelia Hecox lives with her widowed mother, three of her overprotective brothers, and her baby sister, Laura Bell, on the farm that they work.

Jesse Messer is a former Union soldier who has come to Iowa as a railroad worker. He finds himself building for the Union Pacific Railroad in Council Bluffs.

Something magnetic happens when Mary and Jesse first meet. The odds are against them ever seeing each other again.

After their chance encounter, Mary returns to life on the farm. When she closes her eyes, she can still see that handsome stranger’s face.


Follow Tiffany Higgins to watch as Once Upon a Time in Iowa grows and blossoms into great historical fiction.

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