The Mercy of Time and Chance spans three generations of an Italian-American family. The first is steeped in old world customs, living in the manner expected of them by their church and community. The second clings to the old ways while the world continues to change. The third embraces the modern but reverts to the past when it suits them. Caught in the middle is Renie. Weaned on rejection and raised on neglect by a bitter stepmother, she’s unsure how to mother her own children, unwittingly passing on what she believes are the proper roles of men and women. Tragically, fate delivers a cruel blow and two of her children are stricken with mental issues that further divide the family.
I was reading women’s fiction for many years before I finally decided to take the plunge and write my own stories. One of my books, Serendipity House, was named best indie romance for 2011 by Lynn of Red Adept Reviews. Another, So Wonderful as Want, was also lauded as an outstanding read by a prominent reviewer. As the mother of four grown daughters, I’m familiar with the problems women face finding love, raising children, and stepping back when necessary. That’s why family dynamics play a large part in all my books. Sibling rivalry, drug abuse, and problems with spouses figure prominently in my stories. Of course, there’s always a touching love story threaded through the pages. Who doesn’t love a good love story? When I’m not secluded in my office marketing my work, I like to put jigsaw puzzles together. When I really want to rest my brain cells, I sprawl out in front of the TV and usually fall asleep.