The latest Tomes from local authors. —Lynn Norusis
‘Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love’
by Anna Whiston-Donaldson
Local An Inch of Gray blogger, Anna Whiston-Donaldson, thought her first book would focus on remodeling on the cheap. But after a horrific September day brought tragedy to her family, her thoughts of frivolous writing were supplanted by questioning God’s acts.
After torrential downpours struck the Northern Virginia area during the fall of 2011, Whiston-Donaldson was faced with choosing between her children: her son Jack had been swept away while playing in a small neighborhood-creek-turned-rapidly-flowing-river, yet her daughter was with her in the car, disabled by the rising waters.
This memoir brings to the forefront the hardship of a parent burying their child and the impossible task of moving on with life while trying to understand why such events happen. (September 2014)
by Sherryl Woods
Virginia resident and New York Times– bestselling-author Sherryl Woods takes readers on a journey of heartache, friendship and budding romance in her latest novel “Swan Point,” the 11th book in her “Sweet Magnolias” series.
This feel-good romance follows Adelia Hernandez as she tries to rebuild her life after a messy divorce. A new home, new job and staying strong for her four children who are also learning how to deal with the abrupt change in their lives, Hernandez has no time to dedicate to a new love.
Yet, when former troublemaker Gabe Franklin returns to the quaint town of Swan Point, trying to start a new, calmer life, the chemistry between the two cannot be denied. Both, along with others in town, try to fight the love that is growing between them. But sometimes love cannot be tamed. (August 2014)