From the Earth to the Moon

A Thornton Vermont Story

Book Cover: From the Earth to the Moon
Part of the Thornton Vermont series:

Thornton, Vermont, 1953:

After six years in the Navy, the last three spent engaged in the Korean War, George Cartwright is coming home. No longer craving adventure, George wants nothing more than to start building a quiet life. When a beautiful, unexpected stranger meets his train, George understands why it's called love at first sight. Ginny Fletcher is everything George never knew he wanted in a woman, but his love forces him to question the meaning of brotherhood, family, and the weight of promises.

Reviews:Angela Amman on Amazon wrote:

Garriepy does a wonderful job of transporting her readers back to 1953, when family expectations weighed heavily on family dinners and the promises between young men and women were made with heartfelt conversations and small touches. Her characters are captivating, and the story she builds around two brothers and the woman who may come between them is developed with perfect pacing.


From the Earth to the Moon is a work of short romantic fiction.

Sweet Pease

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.

Reviews:Diogenes on Amazon wrote:

"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.

Damselfly Inn

A Thornton Vermont Novel

The picturesque college town of Thornton, Vermont is the perfect place to open an inn. Or so Nan Grady thinks until a late summer storm drops a tree branch through her roof and local contractor Joss Fuller into her path.

Romance has been the last thing on her career-oriented mind, but Nan can’t deny the attraction between them. Nor can she deny the history between Joss and her most important guest: a sophisticated Manhattan academic.

And then there is the mysterious vandal targeting her home and livelihood.

As summer fades to autumn and Joss becomes a fixture around the Damselfly Inn, Nan navigates the joys and complications of life in her new home town. But when the vandalism becomes increasingly upsetting, threatening Nan and her guests, as well as her budding relationship with Joss, Nan questions her place in the town, at the inn, and in Joss’s heart.

Reviews:Andra Watkins on Amazon wrote:

Do you remember what it felt like to fall in love with your soul mate? To negotiate a first kiss? To experience the first heat of passion? We all need to escape into stories that make us remember where we've been and what we've been given.

Damselfly Inn is that story.

I read Damselfly Inn in one sitting. Four or five hours of delightful time. The characters are all well-developed, likeable and flawed, and the author helps us pull for them with her shifts of perspective and turns of phrase. Set against the gorgeous Vermont countryside, the story unfolds in a town I wanted to visit and never leave. I even enjoyed the ancillary characters and wanted to know more about them, something I hope the author is giving us with her sequels.

This book is a perfect beach read, a best pick for a vacation or a delicious page-turner to wile away any afternoon. Do yourself a favor and read it.