In Caddis Wood by Mary F. Rockcastle combines a strong sense of place with family drama. Told in alternating points of view, husband and wife Carl and Hallie combat Carl’s debilitating illness until Carl discovers letters written to Hallie by another man. This shakes his faith in their relationship and Hallie’s devotion. Memories abound in this lyrical novel that explores the inner workings of marriage and the bond between two people over time that tightens and expands as they grow and change together and within their family. It’s this family that offers the couple a chance to forgive and heal one another.
Rockcastle presents a deep love of the environment and a realistic view of both environmental degradation and the degradation of a marriage in her novel. While her characters have their flaws, hope lies in their chance for redemption, if willing to get dirty, take close note of changes in the environment around them, whether in the natural world or the romantic one, and are ready to embrace the challenges and rewards of a long-term bond. Rockcastle works with a delicate brush and paints a picture of a marriage and the fortitude these characters have to endure and flourish.
Hazel Gaynor’s gut wrenching account of the poorest of the poor in London during the late 1800s will grab readers immediately. Flora and Rosie Flynn are hanging on for mere existence while selling flowers on the streets of London. Their meager survival is [...]
Crow Fair is a group of short stories, all set in Montana. The characters in the various stories are all at some level of an emotional shipwreck. Some are aging, some are ill; most are at various stages of life’s travails. For example, marriages are [...]
“Nothing is wasted by the novelist,” writes author John Coyne in Long Ago and Far Away. “All experiences are potential material… life experiences, for writers, become bits and pieces of thoughts and sentences… material to be fashioned into [...]