Author Spotlight: Laura Valenti

Posted by Sara Matz
Published On Aug 19, 2016

Author Biography:

Laura L. Valenti has been blessed to be a Bennett Spring resident and a freelance writer for over 30 years. She has written more than 500 newspaper and magazine features, including several on the history of the state park. She is the self published author of two non-fiction books and two previous novels. She and her husband, Warren, recently retired from the Missouri Department of Conservation, are the parents of four grown children and grandparents to five grandsons, all of whom still love to fish at Bennett Spring. The Heart of the Spring is also available on her website


Between the Star and the Cross: The Election

In Between the Star and the Cross: The Election, Sheriff Dale Harper and his deputies are confronted with puzzling murders and difficult circumstances in the midst of his re-election campaign. At least he felt he could take some comfort in his tender new friendship with the lovely director of the Christian mission, Milagro Palacios. When that relationship suddenly cools, however Dale Harper finds himself struggling with one more mystery or as his best friend, Eddie says “trying to explain a woman!” Investigations, politics and the warmth of common folks in the Ozarks add zest to this new journey to Serenity.


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Between the Star and the Cross: The Choice
While battling meth cooks, arsonists, and his past, Sheriff Dale Harper finds a feral child. Will Milagro, the Christian mission director, help to save him in more ways than one?

The Heart of the SpringBecky Darling loves working at the Brice Inn in the summer of 1924 but will the new Bennett Spring State Park become a reality and threaten her way of life?

The Heart of Spring Lives On
Ben Darling discovers a woman hiding amongst the men CCC workers at Bennett Spring State Park in Depression-era 1935. She begs him to keep her secret but at what cost?

The Heart of the Spring Comes Home
Nurse Esther Darling grapples with her own feelings after returning to Bennett Spring after World War II as she confronts the many changes she finds at home and within herself.

The Heart of the Spring Everlasting
Tabby Darling Shine, the youngest of the Bennett Spring Darling family, ran away to the chaotic streets of San Francisco in spring 1967, but discovered that California dreamin' was not what she expected.

Ozark Meth: A Journey of Destruction and Deliverance
Ozark Meth: A Journey of Destruction and Deliverance