You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. - Jeremiah 29:13

Pathways Of The Heart


By Diane Yates



How do you seek to redeem yourself when you don’t know what you did wrong? When Kenneth asked Clella to marry him, she agreed, believing their love would never die. But times and people change. Six children, the Great Depression, and two decades later, Clella feels desperate. The man she thought would always be by her side is miles away while she tries to remain faithful and pick up the pieces in another town. When a chance meeting changes everything, Clella’s faith and beliefs are tested. Follow Clella through her true story about love, loss, betrayal, and the courage to love again.

"Pathways Of The Heart  is based on a true story. The family names have not been changed. She was my mother and I am the seventh child." ~ Diane Yates

What Other Had To Say:


"A refreshingly honest story of one woman's struggles and redemption. I laughed and cried as I read Clella's story. Some passages reminded me of women I've known, and I could see myself in other passages." -N. Gladden 

"unpredictable until the very end. I can't wait to meet the author and hear more of her life." - Jayne 

"a good clean read" showing "real people living real life." Roberta Page, Lebanon Daily Record. 

"I just read the entire book one day last week. It was very good." - R. Barber 

"Diane, you have given your mother an eternal voice while allowing us to discover your writing voice. Well done!" - Deb Marshall, Past President, Missouri Writer's Guild. 






In this second book, the story continues with Clella “Catherine” and her family in 1957. Life holds such promise as they travel to new destinations and adventures, from one job and town to another. Catherine loves her husband and he loves her; isn't that all that matters? She soon learns her trials are not over. It's through these trials and adversities, however, that Catherine and her daughter, Diane, discover the will to overcome through the one and only true love, which is all that matters. 

What Others Had To Say:

*In All That Matters, the beautifully written sequel to Pathways of the Heart, Diane Yates tells, not only her mother’s story, but her own as well. Catherine has taken up residence in my heart. Hers is a story I won’t soon forget.
~~Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, author of Please Say Kaddish for Me and From Silt and Ashes


*After reading about Clella, in Pathways of the Heart, I was thrilled to read the "rest of the story" in "All that Matters." I connected with her story on a deep level and kept turning the pages of her life, marveling at her quiet strength and loving spirit in the face of so much disappointment and adversity. Like "Pathways," "All that Matters" is a true story that is written as a novel, so it reads like fiction. Readers who love character driven stories will love this book. Diane Yates is a masterful story teller. - Jocelyn E. Andersen

*I picked up this book one evening and began reading it and I could not put it down. I read until after 11 pm one night and had to get up early the next morning to finish it. To know what Diane went through and how that God saw her through it all. I loved it! It made this old guy cry at times it touched me so. Great read! - Richard E. Holder

*This is Diane's continuing story of her mother's life. Both these books are so well written that they are hard to put down once you start reading them. I hope that Diane continues her writing! - Pat C

"Pathways Of The Heart"

Fayette Friends of the Library meeting

All That Matters


By Diane Yates

Diane Yates
Author and Speaker

Diane's Workshop at Ozarks Writers League on "The Power Of The Pen."