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  • Posted December 31, 2008

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    Illness, death, grown child missing, child birth, and so much as well as romance in the book

    Roberta Denys loses her husband to an illness. The day of his funeral her home is burned down. In the process of grieving she tries to locate her grown son and that leads to an adventure in itself. There is the adventure of moving into a gardeners shed and trying to find solitude to only find her life entwined in those of others in the community. You see a community reaching out to each other and drawing each other in. You see no person in the community is without troubles but all care about each other. She finds new friendships. In her search for her son, she learns about natural child birth and her search for her son takes on new meaning. She serves to homeless people and sees how they live and shelters and finds her son, to lose him, and to finally find him again. She decides to not let him get away again and this leads to a magical experience that brings her right back to her gardeners shed. So many events, so many new adventures, and life is full of sorrow, joy, happiness, sadness, etc. But in it all one learns one can keep moving on looking for that deep relationship with God that one desires.<BR/>A book worth reading and keeping to read again and again.

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

    Gift for the soul.

    The Feast of Saint Bertie","Wonderful, inspiring, and such a welcome breeze! Very thoughtful and believable. The spirit of this graceful writer is everywhere and on every page you turn in this magnificent story. It will keep you spellbound from the first page clear through to the end. Roberta and India and all the other characters will grab at your soul, as Popa weaves their fascinating, complex, yet often simple story of living, overcoming and triumph. In a world that often challenges us to question what is of real value and importance; and how to live a truly authentic life. This story leaves you with the belief that the answers are out there if we will allow ourselves to discover them. You will want to recommend this book to your family and friends, as I have. They have all thanked me and asked me if she has written any others. Well, of course, I tell them, To Dance in The Desert! And I hear Popa is working of her next book as we speak. How many stories does she have in her? Let's watch(and read)and maybe we will find out. Perhaps she is the next Michner and she'll be keeping us entertained and inspired for decades. One can only hope.<BR/>Peggy Kelly Durfey"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2008

    fans will enjoy Kathleen Popa┬┐s fine contemporary

    In Saratoga, Roberta ¿Bertie¿ Denys buries her famous in Silicon Valley husband Larry who suffered from Parkinson ¿s disease. Her only regret is their adult son Garrett failed to show up at the funeral Garrett vanished four months ago. After the burial, Bertie comes home to find her house on fire an arsonist struck. Her neighbor Suzanne takes her into her home.----------- Bertie moves into a rural shed where she plans to pray every three hours and learn what her visions mean. There she meets pregnant general store owner pregnant and single India, Russ, his ex wife Brenda and his ex partner Gil who is Brenda¿s second husband. Russ and his former father in law Boyd repair Bertie¿s roof. Bertie also helps at a food kitchen for the homeless where she sees Garrett who came in for a meal. He promises to visit her soon even as letters from her late spouse begin to arrive once a week to help her move on.----------- This inspirational character study stars a strong female protagonist trying to move on after the death of her beloved spouse who suffered for quite awhile with his debilitating illness. Part of her adjustment is from taking care of her late husband. As she seeks an inner peace through prayer, Bertie wonders if she can find this need for ¿all shall be well¿ without first finding her son. With a strong eccentric support cast, fans will enjoy Kathleen Popa¿s fine contemporary. ------------- Harriet Klausner

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