I hope you are doing well during this time, and I think we can all finally see an end in sight to the pandemic.
Meanwhile, only two weeks until June 3rd when my new book, Back of the Yard is released. So I'm offering you a free sample of the book so you can meet Betty O'Leary and begin her journey through the Great Depression and into the 1950s. Click the link below.
Early reviewers say, "...a beautifully written story with vivid imagery, characters that come off the page, and a narrator that could pass for a chat with an old friend."
"A story of struggle, compassion, and the determination to overcome life's obstacles. The reader is cheering for Betty through every step of her journey. A must-read book."
"The first chapter had me hooked because there was so much I could relate to personally. The timing, dynamic and language come together here to build suspense and a compelling desire to read on. What is going to happen? Where are we heading here?"
Not that I'm old, but I recall roller skating with the wheels clamped on my shoes, hopscotch on the sidewalk, and my cousin's grandma had a collection of dishes that actually came in flour sacks!
For those of you who'd like to write a review or quick blurb on Amazon and/or Goodreads on June 3rd or after, I'll send a reminder right before with a direct link to the page.
Thanks so much for reading this, and I hope you all stay safe and in good health.
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?
The story gives voice to those struggling with emotional pain and shows how families can heal with love, courage, and promise. It tells of a neighborhood reflecting America’s cultural changes and how one’s childhood is forever present.