Now Available: Love and Loyalty on the Loire, by Gwen Holbrook


My good friend, Gwen Holbrook, published her e-novella, Love and Loyalty on the Loire: A Tale of Medieval Hearts Divided by Battle Lines, yesterday on! You don’t have to have a Kindle to buy it–the kindle app will do, so check it out! To pique your interest:

When Elodie de Clery, a French peasant maiden, finds an injured English knight in the woods of the Loire Valley during the Siege of Orleans, she must decide whether to help a man or to leave a soldier. Her family and his military loyalties collide as her home village becomes ensnared in the Hundred Years War. Will the knight prove to be a faithful friend, a foreign foe or something more?

I had the great privilege of beta reading drafts of Gwen’s book, and to assist in editing. It was truly a joy and I’m so proud of what she has accomplished. More to come on what I love about the book! In the meantime, congratulations, Gwen!

Welcome, and why I started this blog



Welcome to my blog! Yesterday, my kids checked some books out of the library, including Dr. Seuss’ I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (Beginner Books). I’d never read it before, and was struck by the quote in the image above: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” THAT basically sums up my whole perspective on reading. I used to think I read for fun, but then I realized that I read to LEARN. Reading is only fun and engaging for me if I’m learning something. Luckily, though, I believe you can learn from just about anything that is written, hence “the edifying word.” I’m hoping to use this site to share some of the lessons I learn from what I read, and hopefully you will find those lessons interesting, or enlightening, or even just entertaining! I’ll be back soon with some thoughts on what I’m reading…