Agnes, an 82-y-o French WWII survivor will teach Noah and Tayte the greatest lessons of their lives:
The strength of tested love.
The promise of new love.
The power of family love.
And the courage each requires.
of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers
forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor
Despite all Agnes has lost,
she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman
whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew.
Items hidden in Agnes’s attic
raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to
save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.
The issue strains the fragile
trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-
equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the
teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.
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Tayte stared back at the table, glancing at Noah, who had folded his napkin into an origami shape.
“For the most part, you’re still a mystery to me, but I have observed a few things. For instance, I know you
play with things when you’re nervous. Am I terrible for pointing that out to you?”
Noah gave a comic huff as his tight lips pressed into a timid smile. “It’s an old habit. My father ran
dinner like a prison mess hall. No joking. No talking. I was hardheaded. I ended more than a few meals with
a backhanded slap that landed me on the floor. After a while, I realized if I kept my hands occupied, my
mouth was less likely to get me into trouble. When I started fiddling with the napkin or the salt and pepper
shakers, my father knew he had intimidated me.”
“I’m sorry. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be hit. I was never even spanked.”
She reached a hand across the table to touch his wrist and felt the leather band. “You always wear
that. Is it sentimental?”
He slid forward and met her eyes. “Are you sure you want to know me, Tayte? Really know me?”
“Yes.” She didn’t hesitant in her reply.
He rolled up his sleeve and watched her face melt in sympathy as the round pocked scars
appeared within the tattoos. Then he unfastened the band, revealing the healed cuts on his wrists. He
pointed to his arms. “These were gifts from my father.” Then he touched his wrist. “And this is how I dealt
Tayte covered his wrist with her hand. “Is that all of them?”
He shook his head. “There are more burns on my shoulders and my back.”
She gave a silent gasp. “Oh, Noah. He was a terrible father.”
The comment was underscored by a firm squeeze of Noah’s wrist, and then the removal of her
hand. Noah missed her touch immediately. The warmth. The connection. He rolled his sleeve back down,
savoring the memory.
1. What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you going when your writing gets
difficult? We all have limited time and so many demands on that resource. That
pressure causes me to doubt the call to write from time to time. Positive feedback
from readers who find enjoyment, or comfort, in my books fires up my drive and
sends me back to the keyboard. I know this is true for most writers, so please
know that every email, comment, and review, feeds us creatively.
2. How did you come up with the title? This was the first time a title came to me early on,
and remained my first pick. Agnes refers to her “dragons” throughout the book. I
loved that term for the challenges we each face. And since her farm is that anchor
in the story, it seemed a perfect title. I’ve come to realize that readers have a hard
time with it, so I may republish it under a new title later on.
3. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member? Great editors
in critique partner Beth Bentley, and longtime friend Angela Eschler. Both
improved this book tremendously, and cheered me on.
4. If you could travel anywhere in the world for thirty days and just kick back and relax,
where would you go, would you take anyone with you and why would you chose this
vacation spot to go? Kicking back is only fun when you’re with people you love, so
I’d take my family, all twenty of them, and head to a beach house in Hawaii,
because we all love the sea.
5. What is your favorite late night snack? Oh man, this is what kills me. I write way too
late, and I snack to stay alert. All my go-tos are bad—salty popcorn, chips and
salsa, and cereal. I’m the worst. . .
6. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? I hope to have a nice shelf of award-
winning books and a large mailing list of faithful readers and book clubs who
can’t wait for my next release. (Big Smile.) My dream is to walk on a plane and
see someone carrying one of my books on board as their entertainment.
7. Tell us 5 random things about yourself. I’m a joyful LDS Christian, have a crazy
affection for nesting boxes and twinkle lights, I’m a kidney donor, I love to sing,
I’m crazy about Christmas!
8. What was the most surprising part of writing this book? Discovering how many of my
friends were silently struggling with their own loved one’s dementia.
Laurie (L.C.) Lewis was born and raised in rural
Maryland where she and her husband still reside. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a lover of sappy movies.
The Dragons of Alsace Farm,
her eighth published novel, was inspired by a loved one’s struggle with dementia. Her women’s fiction novels include Unspoken (2004) and Awakening Avery (2010), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS
historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007),
Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008),
Dawn’s Early Light
(2009), Oh, Say Can You
See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).
She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a late spring 2017 release, and in March 2017 she will release a romance novel for Gelato
Book’s “Destination Billionaire’s Series.” She loves to hear from readers, and she can be contacted at any of these locations.
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