FRESH START SUMMER, now available in audio. Award winning, fan favorited, read by Hollywood actress Connie Ventress.
A movie crew’s headed to town, and BFF’s Grace and Maggie have different opinions on how much to get involved with those folks from the land of “fruits and nuts.” Revisit, or meet for the first time the folks introduced in the first book in The Seasons of Cherryvale, where neighbors care, gardeners care, and God allows do overs!
Novel Rocket recommends it as “a thoroughly good read.” Amazon review
Christmas Bells, A Cherryvale Holiday Novella
A Christmas Eve blizzard strands dozens of tourists like a bad episode of Survivor:Cherryvale on Grace’s wedding anniversary no less. Instead of directing the Christmas Festival, and hibernating to spend an evening alone with her husband, Grace must scramble to feed and house the multitudes. When she challenges a troubled young soldier fleeing mistakes she’s made with her own family, Grace is reminded of the real meaning of Christmas.
AUTUMN CHANGES is now available!
Along with shorter days and cooler nights, big changes are stirring up Cherryvale. While the trees along the CherryPath exchange summer-green garments to autumn’s crimson and gold, Grace and Maggie scurry to prepare for the town’s annual Harvest Festival, but spar over how to help pop star Tiffany Lane adapt to her new lifestyle and adoptive hometown. A surprise visitor—or two—spice up the town like cinnamon in Grace’s pumpkin walnut muffins just in time for The Scrapbook’s preview opening. The second book in The Seasons of Cherryvale, Autumn Changes continues the stories of the friendly folks and charming small town introduced in the much loved Fresh Start Summer, and Grace & Maggie Across the Pond.”
Will peaceful Cherryvale ever be the same after all the changes blown in on the autumn wind?
What gives with all these pesky teenagers? Will Grace & Maggie ever get them under control in time to for the annual Harvest Festival? And who will turn Rose’s head as the leaves change from green to gold?
When you’ve caught up with all the changes in Cherryvale, get ready for turkey and a side of romance in Hearts Unlocked: A Cherryvale Thanksgiving Novella.
Perfect for a weekend read, Hearts Unlocked follows Autumn Changes. Settle in with a slice of your favorite pie and some hot cider as romance blows in on the autumn wind. Both titles available in Paperback and Kindle.
Winner of the 2011 San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild “Nancy Bayless Excellence in Writing” Award
Named one of Real Simple.com’s Top 21 Great Summer Books, and a finalist in the 2011 Grace Awards.
FRESH START SUMMER is now available in AUDIO.
FRESH START SUMMER whisks you to Cherryvale, where neighbors care, gardeners share and God allows do-overs. With a touch of humor, a smattering of faith and a glimpse at movie-making glamour, you’ll adore the folks living on The Cherrypath, a unique artery that stitches lives together as one in heart and mind.* Paperback and Kindle.
What are others saying?
“…for a yummy read, here’s the recipe: a big handful of heart-tickling humor, a bit of mystery, a dash of teary-eyed Kleenex grabbing moments, and you’ll find that Fresh Start Summer is a great read, no matter the season!” Joanne Bischof, author of The Cadence of Grace series, book one due from Multnomah/Waterbrook, October 2012.
Grace & Maggie Across the Pond (Lamp Post)
The stars of Cherryvale are back in this novella, perfect for a weekend read. Summer is over, and the former rivals celebrate their rekindled friendship by traveling “across the pond” to England’s countryside. But their pony-trekking plans soon go awry when they discover a friend in need.
From Jeanette and Ralph Hood: ”I read the “Grace & Maggie Across the Pond” Novella and enjoyed it so much that I thought my husband would also appreciate it. He agreed for me to read it to him…while we sat in our “happy little lawn swing.” …we both thoroughly enjoy the humor with which you write. We see that on your website you invite folks to get acquainted with Jesus and want to tell you we appreciate that, and pray God will bless you in your endeavors of ministry.”
In this strikingly honest book, McDonough shares the story of her overnight transformation from a normal kid in a working class, Irish Catholic family, to a Hollywood child star. She reveals intimate memories of life in and around that idyllic Virginia farmhouse (really a Warner Brothers back lot in Burbank) – sneaking off to steal candy from Ike Godsey’s store; developing crushes on guest stars; trying to crack up cast members during takes; and, most of all, forming a tight-knit second family who played, worked, hugged, and squabbled together. But in the years that followed the show’s long run, as McDonough tried to reinvent herself, she found herself battling depression and personal insecurities amplified by her celebrity. Gradually she gained the courage to stand up not just for herself, but – in true Waltons tradition – for others, taking on a new role as an activist for women’s body image issues. Winner of the 2010 Ella Dickey Literary Award, Lessons is more than just a book about a television show, and continues to receive rave reviews for McDonough’s frank honesty of what it was like to “grow up Hollywood,” and take on the world. Hardcover, Kindle, nook.
From her friend, George Clooney: ”Mary is a whole lot more than Erin on The Waltons. This book shows how she’s handled all the highs and lows with grace.”
Visit Mary at www.marymcdonough.com, or Like her on Facebook.
Tote in Style
Grace always carries an extra bag in her bike basket for shopping or honor garden discoveries as she pedals along the Cherrypath. And now you can as well!
These totes are lightweight, but durable enough to carry all your stuff to the beach, books home from the library and everywhere in between. $9.95 each from Zazzle.com. Click on the picture to go to Zazzle. Why not get a dozen or so?