The Light on Halsey Street

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Two girls’ lives are irrevocably intertwined the summer of 1985 in the streets of Brooklyn, New York, and neither will ever be the same in this coming-of-age story that spans decades.

In the summer of 1985, Lisa Whitaker is a church kid headed to college on a scholarship while her best friend, Dana, is floundering in the wake of her mother’s latest eviction. Though Lisa tries to help, their paths diverge. Fifteen years later, Lisa has a beautiful family and is stepping into her dream job as the director for a social services organization. Everything is going right—until her future is snatched away by identity theft. Her life begins to unravel, and Lisa wants nothing more than to see the woman responsible pay for her crimes.

When she was a teenager, Dana Jones always felt alone in this world. Her mother was addicted to drugs, her boyfriend was entering a life of crime, and it seemed Dana, too, was heading down the wrong path. The only bright light was her friendship with Lisa. Now, in the new millennium, Dana finally gives herself permission to dream—to believe she is stepping into better days. But when the betrayal of their friendship comes to light, it will take a lifetime to forgive the destruction that youthful summer in Bed-Stuy set in motion.

In this latest story from beloved author Vanessa Miller, two girls from the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, find that their paths have been woven together by the love of community and a friendship that is tested by time, betrayal and unforgiveness.

  • Stand-alone inspirational Christian fiction
  • Perfect for fans of Tara M. Stringfellow, Terry McMillan, and Kimberla Lawson Roby
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Exclusive Pre-Order Locations

An exclusive pre-order special!

Pre-Order a copy of The Light on Halsey Street and receive:

  • A typographical map of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

  • A special invitation to the virtual or in-person Back to the 80’s Block Party

  • The first 100 will also receive a pair of 1980’s bamboo earrings

Tickets include a signed copy of THE LIGHT ON HALSEY STREET, guaranteed entry to the event, and a seat in the reserved section. Vanessa will sign and personalize books after the program.

An exclusive pre-order special!

Pre-Order a copy of The Light on Halsey Street and receive:

  • A typographical map of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

  • A special invitation to the virtual or in-person Back to the 80’s Block Party

  • The first 100 will also receive a pair of 1980’s bamboo earrings

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07 Jun - 09 Jun
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Historical Novel Society (HSN) Hybrid Conference

This year’s HNS Conference will be a hybrid event, with different options available to In-Person and Virtual attendees (along with some options available to both). Before proceeding with registration, you’ll need to determine whether you wish to register for In-Person or Virtual attendance.

To help you make that decision, there is a brief overview of each on the conference website linked below.

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One Love Author & Reader Reunion Conference

It’s an event designed to bring authors and readers together to share their common love of books. This literary event showcases the romance and women’s fiction books that give hope and escapism while providing a safe, inclusive and caring atmosphere. We offer three-and-a-half days of author and reader activities culminating in one large booksigning and dance party.

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20 Sep - 22 Sep
Chicago, IL

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Women’s Fiction Writers Association 10th Anniversary Conference
September 20 – 23, 2023
Fairmont Millennium Park
Chicago, IL
Registration opens March 22, 2023 at 12pm ET!
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The Story

When three women find their lives inextricably linked after a terrible mistake, they must work together to make the most of their futures.

Alexis Marshall never meant to cause the accident that left Jon-Jon Robinson paralyzed—but though guilt plagues her, her husband hopes to put the past behind them. After all, he’s in the middle of selling a tech business—and if Alexis admits to texting while driving, the deal could collapse and cost them millions. Meanwhile, Alexis’s life is not as shiny and perfect as it may seem from the outside. She has secrets of her own. As she becomes consumed with thoughts of the young man she hit, can she reconcile her mistake with her husband’s expectations?

Trish Robinson is just trying to hold it together after the accident that left Jon-Jon dependent and depressed. As the bills pile up, Trish and her husband, Dwayne, find themselves at odds. Trish wants to forgive and move on, but Dwayne is filled with rage toward the entitled woman who altered their lives forever. Trish can’t see how anything good can come from so much hate and strife, so she determines to pray until God intervenes. Then one afternoon Marquita Lewis rings their doorbell with a baby in her arms and changes everything.


Contents & Resources

my favorite scripture

I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing. (Psalm 37:25-26)

my prayer for you

May neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, angels protect you and heaven accept you!

my thoughts on ministry

My writing is a gift from God, and I write to touch the heart and souls of God’s people. I also believe we are all called to help our brothers and sisters in need.

“I love reading stories written by this author. She always incorporates love, mystery, and God into her books. Her stories are very enlightening and heartfelt.” ~ Goodreads Reader

Vanessa Miller

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:10

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