From Dust

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Freya Barker

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Pain punished her… The bottle numbed her… Guilt kept her trapped… In the dark alley of a pub, a homeless woman tentatively grabs on to the slim thread of hope offered by a helping hand. The pub owner never expected the shadow of a woman he finds in his bar, to bring him the air and the light he’s



Short Summary

Sydney, a homeless woman, is found eating from the dumpster behind an oceanside pub. An employee finds her, brings her inside for a meal, and offers her a job. At first Gunnar, the gruff bar owner, isn’t pleased with the addition to his staff, but the quiet woman soon intrigues him.

After years of running from a traumatic past, Sydney has found a new home at The Skipper, and a new family with Gunnar and his two children. Gunnar hardly recalls the timid little bird he first saw scrubbing his bathroom floor when he looks at the strong and capable woman who has claimed his heart.


Holyoke Wharf - Portland, Maine

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Rags to Riches

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse, Language/Profanity,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Sydney

Age: 39

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Modest,Charming,Clumsy,Complex,Sexy,Empathetic,Selfless,Engaging,Flexible,Gracious,Romantic,Secretive,Educated,Honorable,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Gunnar

Age: 44

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Confident,Sexy,Decisive,Blunt,Outspoken,Heartthrob,Sarcastic,Heroic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Leader,Unapologetic

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Development Pitch

Similar to the novels of JoJo Moyes, From Dust offers a strong visual backdrop to a story chronicling a woman’s journey from unspeakable tragedy to a new beautiful life. Traumatized and homeless, a woman is reminded there is kindness in the world when the staff of a local pub, The Skipper, welcomes her into the fold, despite its handsome owner’s misgivings.

About The Author

USA Today bestselling author Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Driven to make her books about 'real' people; she creates characters who are perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills in their lives. Recipient of the 2019 Best Book We've Read All Year Award for "Covering Ollie, the 2015 RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for Best First Book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the 2017 Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning,Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Freya Barker

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available