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True Love.

I love the movie “The Princess Bride.”  The dialog is incredible and there are many memorable quotes.  One of my favorites is when Wesley declares to Buttercup, “This is true love, you think this happens every day?”

The definition of true love has been at the heart of lyrics and literature since time immemorial.

Nick and Dominique Centeno have found true love.  Nick thinks about her when he is not around her.  We know this because he talks about her regularly and asks us what she is doing.  Although non-verbal, Dominique completely expresses her joy when she sees Nick by her tremendous whole-body smile.  They love sitting next to one another in companionable silence.   Just look at the picture we took yesterday during a school outing.

Because of their individual challenges, they are not able to do the things that we typically connect with the expression of true love.  Yet if you have the privilege of sitting in a room with them, you will feel it.   It is tangible.

I have learned that true love is not about doing anything, it is about feeling everything.  It is peaceful, joyful, and incredible.  It is having a complete acceptance of the other person, caring for them, having concern for them and their well-being.  True love is unconditional, with no expectations or limitations.

It seems that as mankind seeks for true love, Nick lives it.  Nick experiences true love for many many people.  He expresses his true love for others both publicly and privately.  It is another lesson I have learned from him.

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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.