The Family Way

Just a quick blog post to bring everyone up to speed about my next book.. Yes, there’s soon to be a next!

The title of the new book is The Family Way and is due to be published in April 2021.

The ARCs have been sent off to the printer awhile ago. We still have to finalize the cover for the actual book but there’s still plenty of time for that. If you remember, ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) are sent out early to reviewers and book sellers in advance of the actually book. To, hopefully, get people excited about the book before it actually comes out.

The Family Way is what we call a stand-alone middle-grade novel, but is also the prequel to my other two Cammie novels, Flying with a Broken Wing and Cammie Takes Flight. What that means is that you don’t have to have read the other two novels in order for this one to make sense. Thus the term—stand alone. The book is set at the infamous Ideal Maternity Home in East Chester in 1939, the year Cammie was born. If you’ve heard anything about The Butterbox Babies, this is where that true life story actually happened.

Here’s the back cover copy and will give you a bit of an idea what the book is about.:

Set in 1930 and based on true events, this middle-grade novel explores family secrets, set at the Ideal Maternity Home.

Tulia May lives in rural Nova Scotia with her mother, who works in the laundry of the nearby Ideal Maternity Home. It’s a place where unwed mothers can discreetly give birth, a place where adoptions by rich Americans can be quickly arranged. Tulia doesn’t think about the workings of the home much; mostly she hates being roped in to helping scrub the endless diapers. Her friend Finny Paul has suspicions that the home is holding sinister secrets—the worst being that unadoptable babies are being buried in butterboxes—but Tulia thinks he’s being ridiculous. When Tulia’s sister Becky ends up in the home, Tulia truly starts to consider Finny’s concerns. And when she and Finny discover what’s really going on there, she knows she has to act quickly to keep Becky’s baby safe.

Based on the true story of the Ideal Maternity Home, and its tragic Butterbox Babies, The Family Way is a thoughtful and engaging exploration of family and of Nova Scotia’s history. A stand-alone middle-grade novel, it also serves as a prequel to the critically acclaimed Cammie novels, Flying With a Broken Wing and Cammie Takes Flight.

When I have a finalized cover, I will share it here on my blog.  In the meantime, edits for yet another middle-grade book A Sure Cure for Witchcraft  will be getting underway in the next month or so. I actually started that book many years ago and have worked on it  off and on since then, trying to get it to a place where I’m satisfied with the end result.  I’m so happy that it is now going to be published in fall 2021. The story is set in Germany in the mid-1700’s and at the time when Foreign Protestants were immigrating to this country. It was actually where my ancestors on both sides of my mother’s family came from, so this book is especially important to me.

So that’s sort of it for now. I hope you’re finding some positive things in your life these days. It has been difficult for so many of us with the pandemic on, but despite the pandemic, life still goes on. That means we have to learn to adapt, to search for the joy in our lives, no matter how difficult that joy may be to find.

Have a wonderful November.

 

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  1. Well done, you. So pleased you have kept on writing. Both books sound wonderful. I love stories based on historic events. Stay safe my friend.

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    • Thanks, Darlene. Writing is the one thing that has helped me these past few months as I’m sure you can relate to. It has definitely been challenging. i hope all is safe in your part of the world. Our numbers here in the “Atlantic Bubble” have been increasing and we’re all VERY concerned. We had been very fortunate, but, it seems, that people are forgetting the seriousness of it all.

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      • Yes, writing has been a blessing although I do get distracted easily these days. My family is doing OK but I worry about my 91-year-old mom. Cases have increased all around us but we have been lucky so far. I guess folks are tired of it and letting their guard down. xo

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        • Yes, you must be very concerned for your mother. We have lost so many in long term facilities due to this virus. Sending good vibes and an extra big hug for you and your Mom. ❤

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  2. Well, we should plan a trip to Germany for that one! And stop over in France to visit my Foreign Protestant ancestors’ home:) Glad to see you’re writing and looking forward to both these new ones!

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    • Yes, that would be fun and if you remember one of our earlier conversations we had, my grandmother’s ancestors came from France. I believe you checked and they had travelled on the same ship. Looks as though we were destined to become friends!

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  3. Elayne

     /  November 21, 2020

    Laura, I have a cousin who was born there.

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  4. ainslie veinotte

     /  November 21, 2020

    good to hear about another book,like reading your books very much,all the best and stay safe and healthy

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    • Thanks for the kind words Ainslie. I very much appreciate it! May we all stay safe and healthy. He’s hoping next year will be a much better one for all of us.

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  5. “A Sure Cure for Witchcraft” sounds like an intriguing book. Like you, my Tibert (Diebert) ancestors came from Germany in the 1700s to settle Lunenburg, NS.

    You are certainly busy with books. It’s wonderful to hear. Congratulations.

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    • Thanks, Diane. I hope other share your sentiment for “A Sure Cure.” Interesting that your ancestors also came from Germany. Small world we live in.

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  6. Wayne & Marie Sheridan

     /  November 25, 2020

    as always I know I will enjoy these …will look forward to their release …well done Laura!!

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  7. Christine

     /  November 25, 2020

    Dear Sister, you never cease to amaze me, I am so looking forward to reading your next two books! Keep them coming ! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Sis! I’m hoping to soon get back into my writing groove. The Family Way ARC will soon he arriving and I’m quite excited about that. Feel free to order a few hundred copies at any time. 😉

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