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Sweet Success for Jeanette Minniti


A rousing cheer for Jeanette Minniti! Her debut novel, THE ONLY WAY HOME, released in April from Penning Press. An historical fiction set in 1933 during the Great Depression, it’s the story of one boy’s determination to survive loss and hardship to help his family –and how fate and a violin touch the course of his life.


Desperate times. Danger on the rails. A journey to save a family.

It is 1933 inside a sweltering courtroom in Macon, Georgia. Fifteen-year-old Robert sits on a bench awaiting his fate after being picked up for vagrancy and spending a night in jail. He left his home in Illinois with a neighborhood friend to ride the rails to find work to help his widowed mother and siblings. After his friend became dismayed by the perils traveling and went back, Robert pursued their plans to find harvesting work in Georgia.

Going home empty-handed isn’t easy for Robert. His father died just prior to the onset of the Great Depression and the family lost their home and livelihood. Government agents came by to discuss the younger siblings live in other homes. Resolved to keep her family together, his mother was forced to sell most of their belongings. In an effort to help, Robert insisted on selling his precious violin.

THE ONLY WAY HOME is available through Amazon, Kobo, IndieBound, and through IngramSparks.


Jeanette Minniti has an MA in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her writing interest gravitated to historical fiction. She recently released her first novel THE ONLY WAY HOME set in 1933 during the Great Depression. She placed 3rd for the Pikes Peak Writers Zebulon Award in 2020 in the Literary Fiction category and was a finalist in the same category for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Award. Visit the author at  and follow her on Facebook

Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. Visit her website for information on her publications. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

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