Laurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heartâ€”a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Her ninth published novel, her first romance novella, Sweet Water, was inspired by a visit to Oregonâ€™s magnificent coastline, and time spent with Mother Eugenie, upon whom the character Mother Thomasine is based.Â
Laurieâ€™s womenâ€™s fiction novels include The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), Awakening Avery (2010), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis.Â
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), Twilightâ€™s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawnâ€™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 summer 2017 release, a re -release of a romantic comedy, and sheâ€™s working on another historical fiction novel for a 2018 release. She loves to hear from readers.
Fears and secrets are the dragons we each must face. . .Â
In need 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 requestâ€”for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.
Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pairâ€™s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnesâ€™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 Agnesâ€™s attic raise painful questions about Tayteâ€™s dead parents, steeling Tayteâ€™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 Agnesâ€™s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte healâ€”for Agnesâ€™s sake, and for his.Â
â€œYou were amazing, Agnes . . . so brave. You knew just what to do.â€
She smiled. â€œI am all they have. Being needed makes you brave. Sometimes we simply do what we must. But then, you know a bit about that as well, donâ€™t you?â€
Noah looked at his pocked arms. â€œYou mean my scars?â€
Noahâ€™s lips pursed as he remembered the feel of the burns. â€œIt was my fatherâ€™s way of motivating me.â€
â€œBeast.â€ It was spoken like a curse, and it made Noah smile. â€œThe shame is his. Not yours.â€
Noah undid the ties that fastened the three-inch-wide leather band worn over his wrist. Beneath it were rows of straight scars. â€œNot just his, Agnes. I did these myself.â€ He felt his face burn with shame.
Agnes leaned on her shovel and searched an unknown spot in the sky. â€œWhen the bombings ended, only one tree remained in the park near my house. Everyone said we should protect it and honor it. I went out at night and threw rocks at it. I pulled on its branches and tried to kill it because I thought, better I should kill it than wait for the dragons to return and destroy this one also.â€
Now Noah understood. â€œThe Nazis were the dragons?â€
â€œThere are many dragons, mon cher. You fought yours in the only way you knew how, but that war is over now.â€
â€œYou think so?â€
Agnes walked to him and placed a wrinkled hand on his cheek. â€œYou slew your dragons. I can see peace in your eyes.â€