Stories from Thornton & Beyond
A Thornton Vermont Novel
Kate Pease has everything under control--her bakery’s expansion, her best friend’s wedding, and her carefully guarded heart--until Thornton College’s new novelist-in-residence maligns her scones in a student newspaper. Never one to back down from a challenge, Kate confronts him, only to discover he’s more dreamy academic than snarky stranger. Living in a postcard town, Kate knows better than to fall for an appealing tourist, but there’s nothing wrong with a fling.
Ewan Lovatt is in Thornton, Vermont for a semester to teach--and to research the Damselfly Inn’s past for a new project. His agent wants pages, but it’s not the historical house that inspires him. Tangling with the town sweetheart tempts Ewan with an undeniable attraction and a compelling new character. Suddenly his vision for the future and his agent’s big dreams for his career are at odds.
Somewhere between winter and spring, these two fiercely independent souls find magic together, but Kate offered her love to the wrong man once before. She’s not inclined to risk it again--especially on one who’s not staying in Thornton.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good back-catalogue of popular novels, must be in want of a wife."
When visiting author Ewan Lovatt makes the mistake of casually criticizing Kate Pease's scones, it seems likely that a war rather than a romance will result. For Kate is the formidable owner of the Sweet Pease bakery, and a woman who has suffered heartbreak before...
Ms. Garriepy is well-practiced at pulling the reader's heartstrings, and her many fans will not be disappointed in her latest offering in the 'Thornton Vermont' series. Choc-full of sympathetic characters, love, and food, this is a feel-good novel to savour. I put on half a kilo just looking at the cover.
Highly recommended for all the romantics out there.
The second novel in the Thornton, Vermont trilogy, Sweet Pease revisits the town—and the characters—readers fell in love with in Damselfly Inn.
Four Stories About Love
"Love is metaphysical gravity." R. Buckminster Fuller
A force beyond reason and the laws of nature, love draws us together in many ways. In these four short stories, four authors explore the essence of love, from practical to magical.
"In Her Hands," by Angela Amman, explores the moment in which a woman weighs the choice between expectations and the lasting passion she craves.
A shy librarian offers her beautiful best friend a shot at the English teacher she secretly desires, in Mandy Dawson's "Home." But what if beauty isn't all he needs in a lover?
Cameron D. Garriepy's eponymous "Valentine" is a young woman whose fairytale is sidetracked by a trickster loose in the streets of New Orleans.
In "Elephants in the Atmosphere" by Kameko Murakami, a young woman in extraordinary circumstances finds love in an unexpected place and against all odds. Is a happy ending even possible?
Metaphysical Gravity is a shimmering jewel of a book.
“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” ~ Pema Chodron
Angela Amman's debut collection of short fiction delves into the private shadows of three very distinct relationships. For these three women, there are lessons to embrace before they can release the turmoil which holds them back from hope.
"Cicada Song" tells the story of a mother's struggle with her daughter's attitude toward food, revealing her own fears and misgivings.
In "Splinters," a young woman on the brink of first love copes with secret pain she thought long buried and banished.
"Scents of Iron and Pine" explores the depth of subtle cruelty and self-delusion a wife is willing to endure to hold her family together.
Angela Amman's writing is lyrical, powerful, and truly wonderful. I love how much psychology and intense emotion--sometimes disturbing emotion--she packs into a short tale.
As the live-in manager at her father’s funeral home in Burling Gates, Missouri, Vienna Oaks has succumbed to the mediocrity and abject loneliness of her life. Her days are suspended between the mundane and the misery of her clients’ throttling grief, of changing light bulbs, and encountering strangers as bereft as she. But after orchestrating the funeral for a little boy named Parker prompts a severe panic attack, she finds herself at a personal crossroads in which she is forced to confront the pregnancy she’s been hiding, her childhood nemesis, the boy she never stopped loving, and the deep-seated secret surrounding her mother’s death more than a decade before.
In another part of town, Heather Turnbull has just learned from her estranged father that her mother, a lifelong recluse, has died. When making arrangements for her funeral, Heather chooses Oaks Family Funeral home, where she comes face to face with Vienna – the woman she tortured throughout grade school, the woman who has recently had an affair with her husband.
Together, Vienna and Heather navigate through a makeshift friendship born of circumstance and devised to assuage their ambivalence towards motherhood and their tenuous relationship with reality, discovering, in tandem, the art of forgiveness and the will to go on.
...if a writer can keep themselves, their ego, their opinions, their mental junk out of the way and pinpoint the focus, the story tells itself. This is what great writing is about. This is what Unkept is about.
With humor and poignancy, Ericka Clay’s debut novel, Unkept, explores the thorny landscape of childhood trauma and the ferocious politics between little girls — and the adults they become.