Storm Passing, though complete in itself, is the sequel to the novel Approaching Storm.
Life has changed for Belle Lapointe. As a small child she was abused by an uncaring step-father. Escape came when in desperation she told her story to school counsellor Ruth Hammond, plunging both into danger as they ran from the stepfather and from authorities that threatened to return her. With a blizzard as a backdrop, a night of terror and death finally ended the abuse and explained the unsolved murder of a popular young teacher.
Now six years have passed, and Belle has managed to put the childhood abuse behind her. She lives with Ruth’s parents, Bob and Helen Hammond, is an outstanding student at her high school, and life can only get better.
But Belle can’t escape her past. Once more, she finds herself among the hunted, and the stakes are far higher. This time it’s not just abuse, but insane revenge that threatens every member of her new family.
She’s not a child anymore, but is protecting the people she loves more than she can handle?
For a second time, Belle and Ruth find themselves in a battle, where good seems a weak force against evil as old as time.
About the Author
I'm a recently retired high school teacher and guidance counselor who has finally found time to devote to pursuits like writing and painting. Though originally from Prince Edward Island, my home is now in Barrington, on Nova Scotia’s extreme southwestern shore. Prior to my teaching career, I was a meteorological technician and lived at a variety of remote weather stations. I have bachelor degrees in Arts and Education, a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Measurement, and a graduate diploma in Education (Technology). My novel, Approaching Storm, is set in Maine, a familiar state, similar in many ways to Nova Scotia, and it features a main character who is a school counselor— I'm writing about what I know best. My release of a print version of Approaching Storm was very well received, and some readers requested a sequel (which I hadn't anticipated). After some thought, I wrote Storm Passing in 2011, picking up the story again six years later.