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                                 The story of Anne Conrad's journey home to Maine.

                                                  RELEASED ~  MARCH 2014

                                                                             . . .  The most incredible journey of discovery we take is the one that brings us home.

  "SEA SWEPT "

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                              Copyright ~ 2013 ~ BONNIE NELSON ~ Green Valley, AZ

The original acrylic painting created especially for the cover of IN MY FATHER'S SHADOW 

 

Anne Conrad grows up spending summers on the coast of Maine at "Sea Swept," the Conrad family cottage. Returning each year, her first thoughts are of Harry, who is part playmate, part grand-father and part confidant.

Harry Jensen is the kind of man everyone wants to know and those that do, know they are fortunate. Harry and his wife Esther, content on the Cushing peninsula in mid coast Maine and well into their forties, have accepted there will be no children until Esther's surprise pregnancy promises a special miracle. Complications begin early in the pregnancy and then escalate and eventually take Esther's life. Harry is shattered with grief. Michael and Lucinda Conrad, his summer neighbors and lifelong friends, and the peninsula "family," rally with care and concern for Harry.

When Michael and Lucinda are killed in a plane crash, Anne struggles with her own grief and her return to Boston after a memorial service spirals into a fog of questions and uncertainty. Relationships are strained when Anne challenges their sincerity. Returning to her roots on the coast of Maine, Anne finds in Harry the anchor that moors her and provides a foundation on which she can rebuild. "Sea Swept" and Harry are the final destination in Anne's journey.

On an early October Friday, wind from the coast slaps rain against the house cascading it down over the windows. Anne is in her father's study and stumbles through a series of chance discoveries that leave her bewildered, and hurt. When she reconnects with Erik Billings, a summer friend from years past, he provides a sensitive sounding board as Anne wrestles with haunting questions. With Maine's coast as a back drop, waves of uncertainty and pain are reduced to small swells. At "Sea Swept," and with Erik, Anne revisits the growing years that shaped her identity; redefining her priorities she recognizes how a place and its people frame who a person becomes. Absorbed into the character and charm of coastal Maine, she embraces the peninsula community that gathered around Harry when he needed them most. Anne confronts the fine line that exists between holding on and letting go. A sense of place and a love for it validates, for Anne, that the most incredible journey of discovery is the one that brings you home.

Early Reader Comments
 
 
"I finished your novel a few moments ago. It is remarkable . . . beautiful . . . wonderfully written . . . and in its own way emotionally draining. I kept a pad of paper and a pen beside me all the time I was reading but was so engrossed I wrote down very little."
 
F.B.H.
Ogunquit
Maine 
 
 
"Your novel really grabbed me - I had a hard time setting it down and didn't very often. I loved the pace - very descriptive but stopped short of being too much. I found it quite moving - brought me to tears more than once. I dont know if 'sentimental' is the right word, but it wasn't sappy. It brought many of my emotions to the surface and left me with a cleansed feeling. I guess it is fair to say I really enjoyed it."
 
J.C.N.
Daniel , WY and Green Valley, AZ