Found it! Now there’s a title to catch your attention. I found the right picture for the cover of Anna’s Legacy actually it was Erin, my wonderful publishing manager at Tellwell who found this one and I think it will work well. Now the designer works his magic. I’ll post a preview for my blog readers next weekend or as soon as I have it.
Print vs e-books. Personally, I love to hold, smell and feel the pages of a book and it seems there are many readers like me, so I am expanding the purchasing options. The updated covers for the print copies of Ruins in Silk and The Blue Pendant will be available on Amazon tomorrow. Click title.
A reminder to Book Clubs
The Blue Pendant- book 1 of The Sackville Hotel Trilogy is an ideal book for book clubs. I am pleased to announce a downloadable PDF document listing suggestions for discussion and questions for book clubs. Book Club Info. There are a limited number of copies of The Blue Pendant available for loan to book clubs in Ottawa. Contact Susan for details.
Ruins in Silk is a short easy read novella and the prequel to The Sackville Hotel Trilogy. Here is a short excerpt.
Chapter 1 – September 1906 – Italy to England
The train station in Lucca was crowded. Two tall handsome men stood confidently above the crowd. They were almost identical in looks and stature except for their clothing. One, a casual, almost peasant-like farmer, unloaded the trunks and bags onto the baggage cart. The other man, immaculately dressed in a dark suit, waistcoat and stiff white collar, unobtrusively tipped the porter. His wife slipped her arm under his, and his daughter held her mother’s hand as they approached the train carriage.
Roberto kissed and hugged his niece, Sophie, and fondly kissed his sister-in-law, Martina, on each cheek and then helped them board the train. The brothers hugged and slapped each other on the back, shaking hands with a defiant resolve for success.
“Brother, it is up to you to make our new venture in England prosper and our father and grandfathers proud.” Roberto’s words sounded enthusiastic to everyone except Alberto. He heard the edge of doubt in his brother’s voice.
“Have faith Roberto. Romano silk will become a household name. Derby is only the beginning. I’ve always had faith in your farming skills. The silkworms have no better guardian. Treat the business as well as you do the silkworms and the farm will thrive. I will do my job in England.”
No one was more aware of the risks than Alberto. If either the farm or the Derby silk mill did not thrive, they risked losing it all. But to do nothing was certain death for the generations-old Romano Silk. Alberto would not let that happen. Pushing any doubts from his mind, he took his seat beside his wife. The train jerked a few times and then picked up speed. Alberto smiled at his little family as they began their journey to England and a bright future. Twelve-year-old Sophie sat by the window, her eyes bright with excitement.
“Papa what is it like in England?”
“It’s different. I think we’ll miss the sunshine; I understand it rains daily in England. I have leased a big house with a big garden not far from the mill. Mama will enjoy the garden. The rain makes the plants grow.”
Alberto took his wife’s hand. “You will like it once we’ve settled.” Martina moved her lips, but instead of the intended smile her lips quivered and sadness trickled down her cheek. Alberto gently wiped her tears, making her smile.
“English gardens are pretty. It will be nice to tend to a variety of flowers. I shall enjoy sketching and painting in the garden. Art is good for the soul and my soul will draw strength to endure this new life.”
“And so it will my dear.” Alberto couldn’t take his eyes off Martina. He wanted to kiss her and make her sadness go away. He felt guilty for asking her to leave Italy, particularly because he had not confided the true reason—sustaining the Romano name and business. To order this book print or e-book
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