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Okay, Clarice, Share The Secret Already

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Well I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel, so I can FINALLY share what I have been obsessed (and bugging you) with. I think most of you think I have written a cookbook or craft book. Wrong, well sort of. I have written a novel.

Wren Bay, the story of making a home

It all started a couple of months ago, when I shared the sweet, little doll Paula made for me. I told you I had this little story in my head and decided to write it out for myself. It was about a doll, which had an herb garden. She was a newlywed and her husband was off to war. I thought it would be a page or two, because I am NOT a writer (I know Sharon I am a writer, I just do not feel like one  ;-)  Well 60,000 something words, 27 chapters, 3 parts later I have a novel. Not about a doll either. It is about Wren Bay, a newlywed, whose husband is gone to serve in WW1. Wren is a Boston socialite (although she was homeschooled), who is now living on her husband's dairy farm in Massachusetts. She knows nothing about dairy farms but she does not need to, she has the Harrison's family. They are caretakers of Bay Farm.

Wren is determined to use this time of separation from her husband, Devlin, to learn how to take this amazing, old stone house and turn it into a home. She will learn how to use all she has been gifted with and make the most of it.

Wren Bay, is also about the people in her life. Like her Aunt Sophia, a milliner who has raised Wren since she was 9. Aunt Sophia may be impractical and dreamy but she is a savvy business woman, who lives her life on her terms. Also there is Madam Mimi, Aunt Sophia's French cook. Who came to America after losing her beloved husband, Benard. She has given Wren the joy taking perfect ingredients and making heaven out of it. As Madam Mimi says, "One should never cook like a chef but understand and have the same skills as one." There is the Harrison family who have always been caretakers of Bay Farm. Mrs. Harrison, Mary, is very unsure of Wren and her harebrained (creative) ideas. Wren is trying to find her space in this new world, to focus on her blessings, not her losses and make her dreams come true, despite Devlin not being with her.

I have been told Wren sounds like my alter ego but I guess you will have to read Wren Bay and tell me what you think. I have someone editing for me (thank you editor xoxox) and fine tuning the story. Hopefully soon, we will have ALL my grammar errors fixed ;-o (Really it is insane for a dyslexic person to try to write a book, what am I thinking???) Soon I will ask your opinion on the cover and share more (there is soo much more). I am off to take more photos. Thank you for letting me share  xoxox


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Kathy Craig

I can't wait to read it!


Well, since I've had the honor of reading a snippet or too, I'll just say I think it will be a charming book Clarice, and wish you all good fortune with it.


Tracey McBride

Wren Bay is a wonderful character and a truly well done, comfort~read my dear Clarice!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with me, and us all. It is an honor to know you, Wren Bay and the others in her world.
Love and hugs,
P.S. Plus,it's my ultimate frugal luxury, a lovely read with practical and inspiring inspiration. :)

Nancy Geaney

Good for you! I can't wait to read it, and try all of the recipes. One of my all time favorite books is Like Water For Chocolate. Good luck, Clarice!


Sounds exciting!!


How exciting!!!


How exciting! It sounds like a wonderful story!


what??????????? I wasn't the first to know?????? Yay my Clarice...

Well, you did it Clarice. Do you STILL think that you're "not a writer." Honestly, I guess when you're really are a writer you don't try to tack a name onto yourself.

We all look forward to the next chapter.


Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Brenda Kula

It sounds truly delightful! I love her name.


WOW!!! What a surprise!!!!! Congrats to you - what a GREAT achievement. I love the synopsis of the book you provided. You must definitely share of snippet of it with us when you're ready. Again, how wonderful this is!!!! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to see the cover!!! xoxo Theresa


Clarice!!! How wonderful and exciting and I'm in awe! Is it going to be an ebook or paper? I'm a serious bookworm. A little addiction I have. Can't wait to read it!

What an amazing thing to add to your ever growing list of accomplishments. You go girl...LOL


Good for you Clarice!
You Go Girl!
Follow your heart and your dreams!

Sharon D.

How exciting Clarice!!! Congratulations :) I look forward to reading it too :)

Have a most pleasant day!



I know everyone is going to love it. You have the courage to just do it, you don't let things stop you and I think that is great and I wish I could do the same. Love you. Mom


Oooh, Clarice! Can't wait to read it. Congrats, what an accomplishment. Bet it feels good to be finished with the writing and now just the "icing" left to do. Keep us posted.


Dear Clarice,
I am so happy for you! I know you have put your heart and time into writing this book and it will be enjoyed and loved by everyone that reads it!
Love, Paula

P.S. That is so neat about Flora Thompson!!! I LOVE Larkrise to Candleford and the third season was wonderful!



I'm so happy for you! What a wonderful endeaver. Your family must be so very proud.
You are a fantastic writer, and a great friend.
Can't wait to read the novel.


Jill ♥


I am amazed and pleased for you. Well done and congratulations.


Oh my, oh my, how simply delightful!
Glory be to goodness, I am so pleased for you. Heartfelt congratulations; and NOW how shall we all wait to see and read the finished book!??? Gill. xxx


I think it's WONDERFUL that you've written a novel. Dyslexia makes your accomplishment even greater. (Loud applause)

Gumbo Lily

What an exciting adventure you've taken -- writing a book. I'm so proud of you! I know it will be wonderful.



Congratulations Clarice!! how exciting. It sounds like a wonderful story line and I can't wait to read it.



Dear Clarice,

Ooh, I can't wait to read it! That is wonderful news, and well worth "secreting" :).




Congratulations Clarice! This book sounds right up my alley.Looking forward to all future posts :0)

Best of luck...



Clarice, that is so exciting!!! It sounds like a wonderful story. I'm looking forward to hearing more about it.


Like giving birth, but a few months less pregnancy! You've certainly been sick enough tho! ;-)
So fun! Congrats and what an accomplishment for you. I kept thinking of your dyslexia the whole time I was reading your post!



Congratulations Clarice!! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of your novel - it sounds wonderful! I can't even imagine the time and effort you have put into it, you must have quite an imagination. Can't wait to purchase your book!



Congratulations, Clarice! Will you sign my copy?! :~P


This is very eXciting news! I confess, I was eXpecting it might be a book, but had no idea the genre would be a period novel. Wow ~ that's huge! So proud of you, my friend.


How cool! High five and congrats and all that! I have always wanted famous friends. :)
I look forward to reading all about Wren and the people in her life.


I rest my case! :)

Hugs... M

The Pleasures of Homemaking

Well my comment disappeared so I'll try again!

That sounds exactly like something I'd enjoy reading! How exciting - (I did think you were working on a cookbook or something like that). Can't wait to find out what the more is LOL!

Hope you feel better!


The Pleasures of Homemaking

That sounds like something I'd enjoy reading! This is so exciting (I did think you were working on a cookbook or something of that nature)! Can't wait to find out what the more is LOL!

Hope you feel better!



That is cool!!
Can't wait to read it sometime!


I want one!!! I am so proud of you Clarice...Even a dyslexic person can beat the odds. It sounds like a charming book... I can't wait to see the outcome of it all once it is edited...YAY!!! HUGS your way...Mica


How awesome...I cannot wait to read it!!! Congratulations Clarice!



Wow, this is super exciting. I can't wait to read it!! I am very proud of you, the girls must be delirious with joy for their Mom:)

Junie Moon

This is most wonderful news, Clarice, I'm so tickled to hear this. And no, it's not at all insane for anyone with dyslexia to write a novel; after all, that's why there are such things as editors. It's the ideas and storyline that's important, someone else can fix things.


thats amazing! I know how these things can take hold of your heart and not let go. What a fun thing to do, and I cant wait to see it all come to fruition!~!


Well how exciting is this news? Congrats!! :-)

kristi patriarco

Wow!!!........Tears my friend....So Proud of you that is huge..Cannot wait to read your wonderful book...Lots and Lots of love to an inspired and amazing lady...Thank you for sharing.


Oh, congrats, Clarice! I would love to read a book like that, especially one written by you! Blessings, Debra


Are you kidding Clarice?!!! You are the COOLEST ever! I will SO read this book, I'm already jonesin' for the first chapter. Any thoughts about when?? What a huge undertaking, I know it will be wonderful, you are such a talented girl. Lisa

Lauren Mumford

CLARICE!!!!!! OH wow!!!! I'm so excited for you...proud of you...just thrilled for you!!! This is most exciting news dear one and I can't wait to read it. It sounds exactly like the type of book I'd love to read! Congrats my friend!!


Congratulations! What a cool thing to do!

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