By age 52, Barbara Malone had endured a bad marriage, raised four children and then lost her husband to a sudden heart attack. She shocks her family, friends and neighbors on Willow lane with her decision to join the Peace Corps. This sets in motion an intense story of family ties that are threatened by distance, doubt and antagonism. It is a parallel story of her family back home in Lewiston, Pa. and her new unpredictable one in Central America. Honduras proves to be a challenging adventure as she balances drug-running rebels, corrupt military officers and the peace-loving villagers caught in the middle. Barbara's life in the mountain village, where phone service is sporadic and electricity a rare luxury, proves to be exciting, though exhausting. Barbara grows to love her work with the Hondurans and a dash of romance helps her feel more alive than she has felt in years. But after a short visit stateside, she realizes Willow Lane no longer feels like home and wonders where she really belongs.
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Writing is my second, or maybe third career, and I love it. I married young, had three children, then divorce left me a single mom. College loans and part-time jobs made it possible for me to earn degrees in Nursing, Psychology, and finally a master’s in Creative Writing. I retired after many years as an RN, though I still keep my license active in NY and Pennsylvania, a girl never knows when she may need to go back to work!
I review books for WPSU, our local NPR radio station, BookBub, and Story Circle.org. My work has been published in magazines, writing journals and newspapers. I'm currently editing my husband’s memoir, in addition to working on my next novel. I am an avid reader and enjoy spending time with my husband, our dog, friends, and family which now includes five adult children, ten grandchildren and several mates, plus seven great grandchildren. I write a monthly blog, you can read @ www.annmccauley.com