This is Elizabeth's first book which took four years to complete. The setting is one of Elizabeth's favorite places, Mackinac Island, and is located in the northern part of Michigan. The story idea came from thoughts of placing a pampered, spoiled child in a world that is unknown, scary, yet exciting all at the same time. The coming-of-age story began to unfold as a small town girl runs away to the famous island in Michigan to hide from her family but more than anything that she would have the opportunity to live life to it's fullest without the shield of her protective mother and five brothers.
Elizabeth had the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. This glimpse helped her form the setting in a unique and specific way.
As a teenager, Elizabeth would spend the entire month of August in Mackinaw City with her vacationing family which helped to create the setting in special way. Under the Windowsill has been a successful first novel for Wehman and can be found in many of the upper Michigan bookstores from Cadillac to St. Ignace.
Nineteen-year-old Alisha struggles to find herself on her family farm under the strict rules of a domineering mother of five, protective, older brothers. Striking out on her own is the only way to prove herself and to escape the gripping tendrils of grief.
Alisha finds Mackinac Island as a perfect hiding sanctuary. A place where her father and her only dreamed of visiting, but his silent, ailing heart prevented their journey.
Changing her hair color and country personality, Alisha changes into Kenna, a free-style, modern, young woman. To replace the ache in her heart, Kenna fills it with all the things New York City girls find appealing.
A sexy art gallery owner and an annoying Grand Hotel carriage driver are some of the first residents Kenna meets followed by the town gossip who finds it her job to stifle the fun of every college-age adventurer.
Could there be a place on earth without an intrusive mother, cows needing to be fed or where a grieving heart can finally find relief? Will Kenna's new found freedom help her find the comfort she misses from being Under the Windowsill?
Mackinaw City and the straits area were always loved by my parents. They enjoyed vacationing there for years. Because of this and my familiarity with the area, I decided to have my first book setting to be on Mackinac Island. The book cover reflects the island with its lilac highlights. Lilacs are special on the island and every year in June they have a Lilac Festival, complete with a parade, a Lilac Queen, and festivities just as the lilacs bloom. Kenna is on the island during this festival and comments about the parade as she watches it from a favorite location, the hill in front of Fort Michilimackinac.
Every summer, my family plans a trip to visit Mackinaw City. We love it there and have our favorite places to picnic, catch some beach time, and camp. We look forward, every Labor Day, to have the opportunity to walk on the five-mile span suspension bridge that connects the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan.
Under The Windowsill