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Today's guest author, Cathy Gohlke, writes novels steeped with inspirational lessons from history. Her stories reveal how people break the chains that bind them and triumph over adversity through faith.
In her latest novel, Until We Find Home, as the German army plows its way west, American Claire Stewart flees France with five Jewish children--children meant to be rescued by a Resistance contact who never shows. Stranded on British shores, and desperate to return to Paris and the man she loves, Claire begs an estranged aunt living in England's storied Lake District to take the children into her grand estate. Her aunt agrees--but only if Claire will remain to help.
When not traveling to historic sites for research, Cathy, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their grown children and grandchildren.
Cathy is giving away copies of Until We Find Home to three book club readers. Enter the drawing. Someone's going to win and it could be you. Go to: https://authorcathygohlke.com/contact/ Be sure to scroll down the page to the CONTACT CATHY box and put DEAR READER on the subject line.
Please welcome author Cathy Gohlke...
The new year has begun, but I'm still savoring last year's autumn tour of New England author homes. There's nothing like sharing the inspiration of longtime friends who wrote books we love. I garnered fresh insights into their personal lives, their reasons for writing, and better framed my own.
Mark Twain's fabulous home underlined the importance and joy of family for me. We don't know the number of our days, or of those we love. Nothing--not even writing--must usurp the laughter, care, or time we offer one another. Books can be rewritten or replaced, but family, never.
Emily Dickinson, reclusive from general society, wrote from sheer delight in the world around her, and from the need to frame that beauty into the economy and precision of poetry. Her room is pretty, and flooded with early light. I pictured her at her tiny writing table in the morning--a purposeful and petite woman in white.
But Ralph Waldo Emerson's home stole my heart. In the center of his study sat his large round writing table--no sharp edges (much like his own heart). Tomes and manuscript pages spread before him, his favorite rocker nearby. Cases of the books he voraciously read lined the walls. His quote hangs there: "The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it." I felt, if quiet and purposeful, I might draw up a chair. In silence we'd write the day away, black ink and pen nibs scratching paper.
The parlor held a larger table with much seating: a room to gather with intimates and friends, to share or debate common causes--abolition being chief in his day. It was a place where discussions ran long into the night as gas lamps burned low.
And then there was the nursery, replete with a much-loved rocking horse and a doll's house built for the Emerson children by friend Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau, poor in this world's goods, depended on Emerson's open hospitality and financial support, as did the Alcotts. Emerson received payment from Thoreau in the form of filled wood and kindling boxes--an arrangement pleasing to both.
I loved those images--Emerson's open hospitality, his generosity of spirit, the lively discussions in his parlor, his support of people and causes he believed in, his determination to look into the face of nature and beauty and harvest its gifts.
If I can do that--even a fraction of that--in my living and writing, both will have been worthwhile.
Go--visit. You'll be glad you did.
Enter to win a copy of Cathy's book, Until We Find Home. Go to: https://authorcathygohlke.com/contact/ Be sure to scroll down to the CONTACT CATHY box and type DEAR READER on the subject line.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.