Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Coming in the fall of 2012 from Barbour Publishing:
A Bride Sews With Love In Needles, CA
Here's a brief synopsis of the story:
Meghan Thorson, a Harvey Girl in the fabulous El Garces Hotel of Needles, California, delights in waiting on the hundreds of ‘doughboys’ headed for the trenches in Europe. With a brother fighting somewhere in France, Meghan’s service to the soldiers is her way of joining the cause. When her brother is wounded, she enlists her fellow Harvey Girls to sew a Red Cross signature quilt to raise money to help injured soldiers.
Local horse breeder Caleb McBride longs to enlist, but the army won’t take him. Ashamed of the infirmity that keeps him out of the military, he allows people to think him a coward rather than reveal his polio-crippled foot. Instead, he contributes by breaking horses for the US Cavalry. Though the town thinks he’s only trying to profit from a war he won’t fight in, Meghan’s poor opinion of him hurts the most. How can he be worthy of her love when he despises himself?
When influenza invades the town, the hotel is made the temporary hospital. The Harvey Girls become nurses to the soldiers, travelers, and locals who succumb to the sickness. Caleb is taken ill, and in the course of caring for him, Meghan learns the secret he’s kept hidden all these months. Both of them must kill their pride before their chance at love comes apart at the seams.
I'm so excited to work on this story! The research has already been so much fun.
I'm also excited because I get to go pick up Heather from school tomorrow for the long weekend! Squee!!!
We're also going to take in the Treasures of Egypt exhibit at the MN Science Museum on the way home...and exhibition I've wanted to see for a long time. So exciting!
What are you excited about these days?