Her future fell apart until she found the courage to look inside.
In a Northern California seaside town, two women without families, who have both suffered deep loss, forge an unlikely bond and become forever connected.
Annie, a Pop-Tart- and espresso-fueled twentysomething thinks she’s grown up but is still reaching for shiny gold stars. She establishes a comfortable home with her boyfriend and is on the rise as a user-interface developer with an established San Francisco tech firm.
In Drake’s Valley not far from the city, a mysterious souplady runs a one-room B&B in a little town sheltered from time’s advances. Tragedies shaped her solitary life and made her the target for gossip. Neighborhood kids call her "the bone lady." Despite being labeled the town eccentric, when someone is ill, she has what they need; a medicinal broth that takes on an almost magical quality.
Annie is so focused on getting a promotion and the office’s tedious work-a-day routine, pieces of her life fall away one at a time. Losing her boyfriend pales in comparison to missing the last moment ever to speak with her mother. She spirals into a dark place wanting everything normal again. The Golden Gate Bridge becomes her yellow brick road of escape to a mystical fog-capped valley along the seashore. Hope of resurrecting her life comes when Annie crosses paths with the enigmatic souplady who ladles out her special brew and intuitive views.
Praise for Eleven Sundays
November 2014 Update:
Eleven Sundays received an Honorable Mention in the 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards for Mainstream Fiction!
"Fast-paced writing, enjoyable characters, and highly skilled talent [...] Overall, very enjoyable read by a very talented author."--Judge, 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
"Beautifully written [...] A richly descriptive tale of grief and gratitude."--Kirkus Reviews
"Eleven Sundays is a heartfelt, heartwarming story that touches the heart. [...] What's nice about stories like these is that we can all relate on one level or another, and that's what draws you in as a reader. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and growth Annie experiences during the novel."--New York Times Bestselling Author Cheryl Bradshaw
"Eleven Sundays is a search for renewal and redemption. Mystical, beautiful and often spiritual. The souplady is like no character I've read before. The main character, Annie, will steal your heart. I found myself reading slowly, not wanting it to end."--New York Times Bestselling Author Carol Davis Luce
"Eleven Sundays was recommended by a friend and I'm so glad they did. It was a great read and certainly one for 'The Book Club'. Spiritual, sad and redemptive, you want to cheer the heroine on for finding and creating her own path to fulfillment and happiness. The first chapters take some time to get into but after that it seemed to draw me in until it had me hooked and then there was no getting away. Thanks so much and I look forward to future works from you." --Suzanne Gardner. (Aspiring writer). Melbourne, Australia
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