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I thought it was a tree when I planted it!

A friend was showing me around his garden, stopping in front of a small flowering stalk, he remarked, “I thought it was a tree years ago when I planted it. But it’s not. It is lovely though!

Walking away I thought back to when I had Nick. He is not what I thought he would be all those years ago. He is lovely though.

I had so many expectations and goals for both of us.  Everyone does.

When we start down a path, we typically have a idea of where we are heading. Not everything goes as planned.

In fact some of my most memorable joyful experiences were completely unexpected.

Sometimes the unexpected is traumatic and we feel off-balance and even angry. It is important to recognize what we are feeling and then work to allow the rational mind to try and make sense of it. There are times when I can’t make sense of things and that is when faith and trust bring peace to my soul.

I don’t know all the answers but I do know that joyful moments are possible even in difficult times.


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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.