Special Delivery, Unveiled.

Days before Christmas I mentioned  here on my blog that Miss Charlotte had received a special delivery from my awesome publisher, complete with a special note. I was feeling a little down that she wouldn’t be able to come to our home for Christmas this year, something she’d been doing for the past ten years. So, it was such a wonder gesture on my publisher’s part.

 

Needless to say, she was one happy girl. Miss Charlotte likes the cover as it is but it has yet to be finalized at this time, so we may see some changes when the book actually comes out.

What’s the book about? Well, for those of you who are familiar with the Cammie series, this book is the prequel to those.  Readers will finally find out who Cammie’s mother is.  Much of the book is set at the Ideal Maternity Home in East Chester, the infamous home of the Butterbox Babies. Here’s the back cover blurb.

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

Release date for The Family Way is April 2021. That’s only four months  from now. I’m so looking forward to sharing the rest of Cammie’s story with you all. In the mean time, I’ll be hard at work on the edits for my next novel, A Sure Cure for Witchcraft.

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  1. How special. I look forward to reading this book.

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  2. sirje ruus

     /  December 28, 2020

    How wonderful, Laura. What a busy girl you are! Congratulations. Hope to see you before the LAUNCH!

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    • Thanks, Syr. Definitely hoping to see you before the book comes out. I’ve missed out coffee chats. Fingers crossed that 2021 will smarten the heck up! ❤

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  3. You are on a roll, girl! Sounds very interesting.

    And very Happy for Miss Charlotte. Hope you are all together soon. That would be a great sign for all!

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  4. So nice of Kate to send that to Charlotte – can’t wait to hear her thoughts:) See you sometime…

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    • It was very nice of her. I was told Charlotte got a little misty-eyed when she read the dedication. Yup–let’s hope we’ll get together in the new year.

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  5. That is a lovely gift. Very special. I believe Charlotte is Laura Best’s number one fan.

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  6. Kathy Morgan

     /  December 29, 2020

    Exciting news, Laura! I look forward to getting a copy.

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