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    Last Turn Home

    A dream job, a loft apartment all to herself and a relationship with one of Chicago’s favorite sons is all Tessa Wallace thinks she needs to be happy.  Life is moving along exactly how she planned it. When a phone call from her hometown comes with news of her estranged grandmother’s passing, Tessa is faced with a decision she never thought she’d have to make.

    Going home was never an option, until it became the only one.

    Tessa finds her way back to Chapel Corners, the small town in Michigan she left over a decade earlier without a plan, or a suitcase. Using her instincts, her love of Lake Michigan, an old friend and a few new ones, Tessa works to uncover the truth about her past.  Will revelations about her mother, her estranged grandmother and her beloved Grandpa Henry teach her what it really means to be comfortable in your own skin? Or will discoveries about her past cause Tessa to run away again, giving up on finally making peace with her past and plans for her future?

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    Nora Phillips’ life is perfect. Well, she wants you to believe it is. 

    With her youngest son graduating from high school eight years after her daughter, Nora should be looking forward to the adventures that lie ahead and spending more time with her husband, Joe. Instead, on the evening of Sullivan’s graduation her life begins to unravel in ways she never would have predicted. Nora finds herself struggling to let go of the pieces of her perfect life to make room for the imperfect life she has. 

    Will she find the strength to redefine herself and find the moments of beauty that are hidden in seasons of change? Or will she cling to a perfect ideal that never quite measures up?

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    True North Collection Book 2 Coming Soon

    The second book in the True North Collection is coming soon! Stay tuned! xoxo

“They had forgotten to look for the beauty hidden deep inside moments of velveteen imperfection … In a life well lived, that is where the beauty is.”

― Lara Alspaugh, “Where the Beauty Is”

About Me

Since I can remember, I have always wanted to be a writer. There is always a journal beside my bed, my words tucked deeply inside the pages. Pen and paper have been a safe place for me to be honest with myself in ways I perhaps struggle to be honest in the daylight. In fact, I often do not know what I think or how I feel about something until I’ve written about it.


Lara Alspaugh - Author

Book Talk & Signing

Mulliken District Library, Mulliken, Michigan

Book Signing

Sanctuary Spirits, Grand Ledge, Michigan

Book Talk & Signing

Artworks, Big Rapids, Michigan

Book Discussion: Big Rapids Women’s Caucus

Blue Cow Cafe, Big Rapids, Michigan

Book Club Appearance

Sand Hill Winery in Jackson, Michigan

Book signing

Artworks, Big Rapids, Michigan
In The News

Capital Area Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Interview on Sunny FM radio in Big Rapids, Michigan

“Last Turn Home” Award Finalist in Women’s Fiction category of the 2019 American Fiction Awards

Listen to Lara discuss Where the Beauty Is and writing at Artworks in Big Rapids

“Last Turn Home” Award Finalist in Independent Author Network (IAN) Book of the Year Award