This past February...while mourning the unexpected loss of my oldest brother...my long~time blog friend Clarice emailed me with a few sample snippets of her first novel "Wren Bay". It was a work in progress at the time. Clarice's labor of love.
In a rare quiet moment during a harrowing time, I read her work and was comforted. Reading about Wren Bay transported me across time to a cozy place populated by charming, productive characters.
Immediately, I responded.
My Dear Friend Clarice,
I LOVE this concept! From what I've read so far you are creating a world that reminds me of a cross between Barbara Macomber (?) and Jan Karon!....I am down at my dad's house and....everyone is now napping so I thought I'd try to get my mind off of the sadness by losing myself a bit on the computer. So, I must say thank you for the lovely story bits you've sent. They were a comfort to read and I just want to jump into their world. It's my (humble) opinion that we need more books like the one you are writing....
Please keep going with this project as it sounds wonderful and comforting and just what the world needs right about now. You know your market (us bloggers) and what we like and need. I think you have a winner.
More soon my friend.
Love and good thoughts from Tracey.
Happily, a few months ago I was able to buy the newly published copy of Wren Bay and I am so pleased I did. I've long been a fan of Clarice's creativity and Wren Bay is a fictional form of her inspirational blog Storybook Woods. Generously peppered throughout the book are Clarice's tried~and~true recipes and practical tips. She has taken the subjects she blogs about (fashion, crafting, whole food, self education, up cycling and the like) and weaves them into a charming fictional tale. Like Clarice herself, the main character (Wren) takes the simplest things in life and makes a celebration out of them. As Wren grows and learns new skills and ideas, so do we.
If you'd like to learn more about Wren Bay (or purchase a copy of your very own) just click HERE to make the jump to Clarice's charming blog. Please tell her Tracey says "hello"!
Sending love, comfort and good thoughts to all.
Tracey and Family