Honeysuckle Hill

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Honeysuckle Hill
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Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: Complete novel
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication Year: 2007
ISBN: 142574303X
Daniel Rivers and his wife get more than they bargained for after they purchase a Honeysuckle Hilllong-abandoned, ramshackle house on the outskirts of Shelton, Connecticut. This is a charming tale, revealed by the house itself, along with some help from a resident Pootatuck Indian spirit who is bound to the house and property until she can set straight the legend that history has erroneously changed. As the house undergoes transformation, Daniel and his wife discover the history of their property and vow to help set history straight.
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Daniel Rivers and his wife get more than they bargained for after they purchase a long-abandoned, ramshackle house on the outskirts of Shelton, Connecticut. This is a charming tale, revealed by the house itself, along with some help from a resident Pootatuck Indian spirit who is bound to the house and property until she can set straight the legend that history has erroneously changed. As the house undergoes transformation, Daniel and his wife discover the history of their property and vow to help set history straight.

Based on the real-life Legend of Lillinonah, for whom a lake in Connecticut is named, the story is set in and around the Lower Housatonic Valley where the Pootatucks, a branch of the Algonquin Nation, once made their winter home. It is the second in a series of stories wherein history is recalled through the procession of a house’s residents.

Honeysuckle Hill introduces a host of former inhabitants in addition to the Pootatuck Indians: early European settlers, a naval family, artists, actors, and gypsies. As the couple in the story tries to set history right, we are reminded how each one of us helps shape future history while being affected by the past. It helps immensely knowing that Daniel’s wife is none other than Merline Madagascar, the historical interior designer who can communicate with a house’s spirit.

Discover for yourself that history is alive as the house’s legacy unfolds. Come away knowing that behind each house could lie a rich and interesting past.

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Author’s Notes

When a friend suggested I set my second book in my hometown I immediately knew that I wanted to write about the area surrounding Indian Well State Park. Knowing little to nothing about the Pootatuck Indians I researched their culture and lives for over six months. What I learned was truly fascinating and I hope I’ve done my best to portray them accurately.

One of the topics I touch upon in this book are mature romance, i.e., having two people with grown children find love once more after they’ve lost their own first loves, proving that love has no age restrictions. Another topic dear to my heart is that of people who are physically challenged. To that end the character of Bert was created. He is patterned in part on my nephew Denis.

I had lots of fun writing this story and I sincerely hope that those of you who read it will find something to touch each of you.

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