Unfortunately, my children know this and have no compunction about exploiting my
weakness. Over the last 26 years, that exploitation has been demonstrated in
countless ways. Allow me to list a few.
By my count to date I have …
* Read “Goodnight Moon” 1,630 times.
* Cut the crusts off 4,274 peanut butter sandwiches.
* Delivered forgotten items to school (including books, homework, gym clothes,
and lunch boxes of crustless peanut butter sandwiches) 712 times.
* Spent half a year’s wages on overpriced tennis shoes that were outgrown in
four months or less.
* Spent another half year of wages buying fundraising items I didn’t want or
need, including but not limited to magazines, wrapping paper, calendars,
Christmas wreaths, Easter lilies, popcorn, candy, pizzas, and pies.
* Washed 368 industrial sized dumpsters full of dirty laundry.
* Edited 39 term papers, generally between midnight and two a.m. on the day they
* Driven the equivalent of 48 busloads of teenagers to the movies.
If you’re a mother, you know this list is far from comprehensive, but you get
the idea. And if you’re a mother, chances are you’re just like me. You’d do
anything for your kids.
Ivy Peterman, the main character in my newest book, A THREAD OF TRUTH, is just
the same. Her kids mean everything to her. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t
do for them. Even make the riskiest and most dangerous move of her life,
fleeing her husband and her abusive marriage.
A THREAD OF TRUTH was
the toughest book I’ve ever written. Ivy’s life experiences differ drastically
from mine, and sometimes I found myself wanting to back away from her
experiences. But I couldn’t. This book forced me to step out my comfort zone,
and, because of that, I also believe it’s the best book I’ve ever written.
The more I wrote, the more I realized how much Ivy and I have in common. We’re
both women, we both long for real and meaningful relationships, and we’d both do
anything for our children. Ultimately, this is what drives Ivy to finally face
her fears, her deep and unshakeable love for her children. That is something I
As the book progressed, I began to admire Ivy. I longed to help her find her
happy ending. And I knew exactly how to do it. I would help Ivy find her way to
New Bern, Connecticut. The charming village is site of the first book in my new
Cobbled Court series, A
SINGLE THREAD. There, in New Bern, Ivy would step into the company of
Evelyn, Abigail, Margot, Liza, Mary Dell and all the big-hearted women who
frequent the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop.
Since A SINGLE THREAD
(now in its sixth printing) was released in November of 2008, I have received
literally thousands of letters and emails from readers who wanted me to return
to New Bern as quickly as possible. Or, better yet—now! As you can imagine,
this is a dream scenario for any writer, but it’s also a situation that brings a
lot of pressure to bear. Clearly, A SINGLE THREAD was going
to be a tough act to follow. Would the second book in the series live up to the
high expectations set by the first?
Fortunately for me, reviewers from Publishers Weekly and Library
Journal seem to think it has, as did the people at IndieBound who have
chosen A THREAD OF TRUTH
as an IndieNext Notable Book for June of 2009. Hearing that news was a
But, as wonderful as it is to be honored by "those in the know" in the
publishing world, what really matters to me is how my books are received by
actual readers. And I'm happy to report that, there, too, the early reviews are
Reader Mary Sue Russell, the very first reader who wrote me about A THREAD OF TRUTH, said,
"I loved the first and really didn't expect the second to be as good. BUT
IT IS !!!!!! Every bit as good—a compelling story of relationships between
women. I read it in one sitting—just couldn't bear to stop."
The world we live in today is so busy and frequently chaotic. Whoever you are,
chances are you spend a lot of time doing for others—and that’s a good thing.
But everyone needs a break now and then. So whatever you’re up to this week,
whether washing your 112th load of dirty laundry or tackling your
1200th rush hour commute, I hope you’ll find the time to treat
yourself to an armchair vacation to the village of New Bern, and a heart-warming
visit with the wise and wonderful women in A THREAD OF TRUTH.
After all, you not only deserve a break today, you deserve a happy ending, too.
12 comments posted.
I want more threads in my life. These books are on the right track. Keep me in stitches and continue spinning the yarns.
(Alyson Widen 11:49am May 29, 2009)
Your book sounds wonderful. It has heart and soul. We all love and sacrafice for our children/grandchildren.
(Rosemary Krejsa 4:18pm May 29, 2009)
I've done all these for my children ... and more! Now, my grandkids are expecting it!
(LuAnn Morgan 1:16pm May 30, 2009)
I have nieces and nephews, and I spoil them rotten...much to their Mom's chagrin!
(Mari M. 1:48pm May 30, 2009)
My son is a true spoiled brat, he knows I would do anything for him, and my grandson tells me he is THE Brat!
(Patsy Hagen 1:57pm May 30, 2009)