First Year is an amusing look at a young woman's headlong plunge into marriage and a whole new way of life--a cross between Northern Exposure and Green Acres.

Fiction/Romantic Comedy                                                                                                                 352 Pages

About First Year

Stevie O'Neill, a young L.A. actress, recklessly marries new love, Robert Anderson, and follows him home to South Dakota. There, she discovers that her Hispanic/Irish ancestry doesn't bother her blue-eyed blond in-laws, but her lack of domestic skill does--a situation Mom Anderson is determined to correct.

This orphaned, metropolitan smartass becomes an unwilling Martha Stewart in a student trailer park--but her life is not all drudgery. In Los Angeles she's a grunt in an army of wannabe celebrities; in South Dakota she's a star because of a beer commercial. Her brief fame even gets her a teaching job at the University.

Stevie's new existence is filled with adventures most city girls never experience--or want to. She goes pheasant hunting; she survives blizzards; she drives the Hereford Queen in the Homecoming parade. She's thrown into an extended family circle and learns to deal with family life.

In the first year of an impulsive, hormone-driven marriage punctuated by misunderstandings and reconciliations, Stevie discovers that her Prince Charming has skid marks in his tights. Should she stick with him? At least for one more year?


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Praise for First Year

"It is hard to choose what I liked best about your book--it's all wonderful...You've captured the first year of marriage beautifully. A good, good read...a book I would recommend to a friend...Congratulations." Writer's Digest

"Fantastic...sidesplitting comedy. It's an entertaining look into a realistic modern-day romance. Schnell's writing is guaranteed to generate smiles." Romantic Times

"...engaging and believable. Stevie is an appealing heroine." Kirkus Discoveries

"I want to offer you my congratulations. What an amusing story you've crafted here! I flew through these pages, cackling throughout. This is a deft, funny, snappy book." Joyce Engleson, editor

"The epic of the ordinary...very American, very universal, and very entertaining." James Koenig, Founder/Director of Scandinavia/LA Film Festival


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