Greetings to all of you,
I hope you’re doing well, although these times are still unsettling. After months of planning, we finally moved from Houston to Orlando in late July.
It’s great to be near our daughter and family, but I really miss my book club friends in Houston. I hope to find a group here. We’re also still dealing with moving issues like damaged furniture and a missing sofa. Oh, well, it’ll pass!
I’m dropping a line to tell you that Back of the Yard will be free for Kindle from today through Sunday, September 26. I’m sure you can relate to the characters and themes in this family tale of the Great Depression.
All the best to you, and happy reading.
Set in the south Chicago neighborhood of Sinclair’s The Jungle, Betty O’Leary grows up during the Depression, struggling to scrape by in this harsh, foul-smelling, yet compassionate area. The youngest in her Irish Catholic family, Betty is overshadowed by her pretty older sister, and when tragedy threatens to shatter her world, Betty is sent away to stay with relatives.
As grief and loss take its toll on family members, Betty eventually meets Phil, who offers hope for long-awaited happiness. But secrets begin to unravel, and depression gradually descends on Betty. Is a family history of asylums and madness the cause? And unlike her disturbed mother, will she ever find peace and fulfillment?
“Being from Chicago and Irish made this book somewhat relatable. The author did a good job describing time and place.”
—Jeanne B., Amazon review