Mapleton is a riveting tale of intrigue and mystery as a retired couple returns to their rural hometown to find hope, inspiration, and redemption.

It is the 1950s when David Moore and Anna Kixmiller are teenagers living in the small town of Mapleton, Indiana. In a community where the people are friendly, power struggles, secret love, illegal practices, and relationships of convenience lurk behind the broad smiles and warm handshakes found on a Sunday morning in church. There is no question that childhood sweethearts David and Anna are suffering within the unhealthy culture and eventually leave Mapleton behind to pursue a new life together, swearing they will never return.

Almost forty years later, David and Anna make the agonizing decision, with help from Anna’s psychiatrist, to move back to historic Mapleton with the hope of healing Anna’s troubled mind and spirit. But as they drive down the main street of their hometown, the couple is immediately propelled back into their memories, unpleasant as they may be. Now Anna must come to grips with unsavory events from her past before she and David can ever move forward and find happiness again.

George F. Ford was raised in a rural community where he showed hogs, milked cows, and bred cattle. He has held positions in sales, higher education, business, and has pastored two churches. Now retired, he and his childhood sweetheart, Anita, reside in Vincennes, Indiana, where he enjoys driving his restored pickup and spending time with family.

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“George Ford’s debut novel Mapleton is a fascinating account of the secret interactions of seemingly ordinary people in a seemingly ordinary town. Exciting, complex, and surprising, the novel’s twists and turns keep the reader’s interest from the first sentence to the closing paragraph. Ford’s intimate experience and knowledge of life in a small town will resonate with readers regardless of their own backgrounds and affiliations. If you are a fan of mystery and mayhem, Mapleton will exceed your expectations.”
C. Harold Hurley, PhD., Professor of English, Roberts Wesleyan College
“Reading Mapleton took me back to the days of my youth with its vivid descriptions of life in a small community with complex social and religious relationships.”
Dr. Barbara Rose, Professor Emeritus
“I was completely immersed in this story. Really couldn’t put the book down.”
C. S. Hill, retired college administrator
“Change is hard, but going back into the past for healing is even harder; especially when it is littered with scandal and tragedy. However, there is an abundance of story to unpack and inspiration to be found in the pages of Mapleton through healing and a lot of prayer.”
Angie Witt, Counselor
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