Sydney Logan writes heartfelt romance novels that feature strong women and the men who love them. In addition to novels, Logan has written several short stories. She’s a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, a self-help media company. Sydney and her husband make their home in the hills of East Tennessee. Sydney spends her life educating children and has recently made the transition from bookworm to author. She has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat. The author is the daughter in-law of Vincennes residents, Terri and Jim Gislason.

Her novel, “Lessons Learned,” features a young woman named Sarah Bray. She was orphaned at a very early age. She was raised by her grandmother in the small town, Sycamore Falls. Sarah could hardly wait to get out of her small town after her high school graduation.

A college scholarship was awarded to Sarah at a university in Memphis, Tennessee. She married while in Memphis. Incidents that happened at her school caused her marriage to end in divorce. After Sarah was graduated she took a job as an English teacher at an inner city high school. Her life was irrevocably changed after a tragedy occurred at there. Sarah felt compelled after the tragedy to return to her hometown. At this stage of her life, she needed a new start. She moved back into her grandmother’s home in Sycamore Falls. Vacant for years, the old home needed to be renovated. She began the home repair project and accepted a teaching position at the high school from which she graduated.

Seeking work in a smaller community, a young man named Lucas Miller moved to Sycamore Falls from New York City. He helped Sarah with her home renovation project. He left New York City for reasons he didn’t disclose. Sarah discovered that Lucas is also a high school teacher. As time passes, Sarah and Lucas become involved and share many good times. In due time they share each other’s reasons for moving. They have many adventures together in the beautiful rural area where they live. Their love is put to the test when a student’s secret prompts shockwaves throughout Sycamore Falls.

It seems life has lessons that one can’t seem to run from and secrets that one can’t hide forever. Sarah, Lucas and other residents of their small town learn the importance of tolerance, acceptance and love. It’s easy to see why it’s best described by saying a young girl needs to spread her wings but a young woman need roots.

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