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A couple of years ago we decided to add on a few days in Paris to our usual trip to Ireland.  Both Arden and I had wanted to visit the City of Lights, so we asked Nick if he wanted to go to Paris.  He said “Yes, we see the sights.”  So of course we were intrigued as to what he might know about Paris and asked him what sights he wanted to see.

It is fun to watch him thinking about answering a question.  He counted two things on his fingers as he said, “the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa.”  The Eiffel Tower is iconic to Paris so that I could understand, but the Mona Lisa?  How on earth did he know what the Mona Lisa was and that it was in Paris.  I did want to visit the Louvre, but I had no idea how Nick would respond to being in a museum.  We had never taken him to a museum before.

Well he loved it.  We spent hours wandering through the various exhibits.  But the first place we went was to see the famous painting.  It really is small in comparison to many of the other paintings on exhibit.  We got there first thing in the morning, but the room was already full of people waiting to see the Mona Lisa.  We went to the back of the line and slowly made our way to the front.  As we approached the rope that is used to control the crowds, the security guard came up to Nick and Arden and invited them to come inside the secured area to view the painting.  Nick was so happy.  He and Arden spent about 15 minutes studying the portrait, within just a few feet of the security glass.  Finally Nick said, “I done, let’s go.”

I have no idea what his thoughts were about viewing da Vinci’s mysterious woman.  He hasn’t been able to articulate that.  I was surprised first of all that he even knew about the painting, and secondly, it surprised me how long he was engaged in viewing it.   Even now, he remembers that he saw the Mona Lisa and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

It is experiences like this that have solidified our understanding that there is much more going on with Nick Gremmert than is deduced by just looking at him.  We have learned to expect the unexpected.  Just this past week, his longtime neurologist, re-affirmed that Nick has far exceeded his own expectations, especially in the area of speech and communication.   We agreed with the doctor.  Nick continues to amaze us as well.

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.