The Dragons of Alsace Farm – A 2016 Whitney Awards Finalist
In need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.
Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew.
Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.
The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.
. . . I used to spend my quiet time at home writing episodes of my favorite TV shows, casting me as the guest star. I was nine or ten, and my leading men were Bobby Sherman, David Cassidy, and Donnie Osmond. This overactive imagination couldn’t be contained at school either. My stories were so real I was often caught talking to myself, which resulted in my desk being moved to the hallway on more than one occasion. So imagine my delight when my imaginings finally found an acceptable outlet like novel writing?
I’m a Marylander. I love the spring and fall and crabs, but I’ve been luke warm on the local teams since the Colts left town and Cal Ripken retired. I love the abundant local history, which is why I wrote “Free Men and Dreamers.” Point me to Fort McHenry, Philadelphia, D.C., Williamsburg, or any other old spot, and I’m in heaven.
Husband Tom (we met on a CB radio in the 70’s, but I digress. . .) has become my able research assistant. Our kids have never really been bitten by the history bug, but we’ve managed to drag them out to a few of our favorite places. There is still hope for the ten smidgeons, (otherwise known as the grandkids.)
Favorite foods? Fried chicken, good ribs, lemon squares, and pecan pie. Yeah . . . I’m a real health nut.
I would have made a good scout. God, family, and country are my anchors. Plus good friends. These are the themes in my books. My goal is to uplift and inspire. I love the concept of redemption. Don’t we all need a bit of that?
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