In the early nineteen hundreds, young Kiri Falgren escapes poverty, famine, and a terrifying dark secret in her homeland, Sweden, to conquer life in a small Wisconsin town in America. While fighting the demons of her unspoken past, she finds solace in a forbidden love that threatens to destroy her very existence. Is the glow from a single candle enough to light her way?
Edna Mae Holm was born in Wisconsin and grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan. She graduated from Mundelein College in 1947 and began a singing career in Chicago. In 1952 she married Robert Gangwisch. After publishing a mystery novel with her daughter, Jill Wellington, Edna wrote A Candle for Kiri, using her Scandinavian background to create the story. Now eighty-eight years old, Edna lives in a retirement community in Cincinnati, Ohio, and keeps in constant contact with her five children and nine grandchildren.