The annual County Fair sparks a flurry of activity and brings some surprising secrets to light in this heartwarming conclusion to Katherine Valentine's beloved Dorsetville series. It's the end of summer and Dorsetville folks are busier than bees. Days are filled from dawn to sunset with last-minute chores, while the women struggle to find time to prepare their special dishes in hopes of winning a coveted blue ribbon at the annual County Fair. As opening day of the fair draws near, folks have plenty to occupy their minds as well. Much to the chagrin of Father James, he has been chosen to help judge the apple pie contest; Matthew Metcalf worries about how to keep his girlfriend and pay for college at the same time; the Petersons welcome a long-awaited and newly adopted baby; and Hudson, Marion Holmes's butler, hopes to give his beloved employer a new reason to live by researching the parentage of a young boy who has just arrived in town along with the fair. The boy is a carbon copy of Marion's deceased son, William. Could he be the product of an old love affair between William and a girl whose uncle once owned a carnival? Before this mystery can be solved, however, the sheriff and the FBI must figure out--before it's too late--that the owner of the fair is planning to risk the lives of the fairgoers in order to hide a major drug deal he is taking part in. THE COUNTY FAIR is a wonderful continuation of the Dorsetville series, where good friends are never farther away than a handshake and God's intervention is as close as a prayer.
In Katherine Valentine's A Miracle for St. Cecilia's the citizens of Dorsetville saw their prayers answered when their beloved church was saved from destruction. Now, in A Gathering of Angels, new beginnings are in the air. The redoubtable Mother Superior and her nuns bustle to open a retirement home. Harry at the Country Kettle - absorbed in a budding romance with the lonely town spinster - welcomes a take-charge waitress from New York. Father James Flaherty faces the challenges of lagging repair work at St. Cecilia's and his growing waistline. But when a young girl is in danger and out-of-town mobsters menace Barry Hornibrook's half-built hotel, it's time for all Dorsetvillians to pull together. When they do, there's no telling what miracles are in store. Katherine Valentine will delight fans of Jan Karon and Philip Gulley. She is an American folk artist who has been a regular guest on Lifetime's Our Home show and an instructor with the New York City Museum of American Folk Art and the Brookfield Craft Center.
Following "A Miracle for St. Cecilia's" and "A Gathering of Angels," this third endearing installment in the St. Cecelia Church series captures the everyday miracles of a small-town Catholic parish. Through the fictional New England town of Dorsetville, Katherine Valentine has created a world where the dilemmas of modern life are met with timeless grace and wit--a cause for celebration among the author's growing fan base. Doubleday
The author of the popular Dorsetville series takes us to the small town of Bend Oaks to meet a group of hookers--rug hookers, that is. When rumors of a haunted rectory shake up the small town, a new priest comes to pastor, and what he discovers will change all of their lives forever. Bend Oaks is a small town with a big problem--every new priest who comes to town flees the rectory in the night, and no one will say why. Strange disappearances, unexplained sounds and smells, and mysterious deaths all haunt this hallowed building. But this doesn't stop the St. Francis Xavier Church Hookers from continuing their decades-old tradition of meeting in the rectory to hook their colorful rugs to auction off at the Strawberry Festival in order to raise money for the parish. This tight-knit band of faithful women is startled by the arrival of Father Rich Melo, sent by the archdiocese to live in St. Francis Xavier's "haunted" rectory. Father Rich brings skepticism to his mission in Bend Oaks, but he also carries with him the terrible memory of an earlier encounter with demonic forces. From the unearthing of an ancient biblical curse to an exorcism in Rome to the bowels of a decaying insane asylum, Valentine brings readers on a wild ride set against the familiar backdrop of small-town New England. This heartfelt tale is both an exciting suspense story and a deeply moving story of the power of faith. From the Trade Paperback edition.
In the New England town of Dorsetville, the citizens are poor in worldly goods but rich in faith and compassion. For generations-long before the last woolen mill closed five years ago-Dorsetvillians have been bound together by the massive St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, slated to close after mass on Easter Sunday. On a bitter cold Ash Wednesday morning, Father James Flaherty despairs of ever turning the parish finances around. What will become of his flock and the beloved, ancient Father Keene, who had planned to live out his days at St. Cecilia's? Delightful and moving, with a cast of endearing and quirky characters, A Miracle for St. Cecilia's warms hearts and enchants readers everywhere.
The New England town of Dorsetville, "where miracles are never far away," faces unexpected challenges in this much-anticipated fourth volume of Katherine Valentine's beloved series. The rumor mill is running at full speed: the Country Kettle Café, meeting place for everyone who's anyone, may close down now that the owner's wife has struck it rich. Deputy Hill is devastated over his open-ended assignment to the graveyard shift, his just desserts for having nearly wrecked a car and a wedding in one unfortunate mishap. Then tragedy strikes: the Gallagher twins are fighting for their lives after a fall through the ice--one on life support and the other in a coma. Doc Hammond is waging his own battle for life while helping the twins. More than ever, Dorsetville needs a miracle.
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