New England Trilogy, Book 3
by Suzy Duffy
Release Date: October 30 , 2014
Published by The Writers Coffee Shop
Genre: FICTION/ Contemporary Women/ Romance/Contemporary
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-274-7
~~SUMMARY~~Kate Kavanagh is happy raising her daughter and focusing on work, but when the girl moves to New York for a fantastic job and ends up moving in with her philandering father, things get complicated. Her best friend, Madeline Stein, has been a career girl all her life. As a single mom, her job defines her, so when she loses it, Maddy needs to find something or someone else to make her forties fun. Portia Kavanagh hits New York with a bang, but she’s so hungry for adventure she bites off more of the Big Apple than planned. Portia retreats to what she thinks is the sanctuary of her father’s home and soon discovers she’s not the only one in the family with an overactive appetite. Kate and Maddy find themselves leaving their lovely hometown of Lincoln, outside Boston, for the fertile and romantic hills of Tuscany. However, blue skies, rich wine, and charming Italians bring the women a whole new world that they have to maneuver with the grace and style of a Lincoln Lady. Portia’s high-octane life in Manhattan comes at a price, too. Out of the millions of men she could have, she chooses the only one she’s meant to avoid. Her quandary: Has she made a mistake of epic proportions or found the one in a million? This is a story of three fantastic women on a journey of self-discovery. With more ups and downs than a Florentine fairground, the ladies survive love, loss, and fresh pasta by laughing at life and using a doggie bag. There are lots of thrills and spills along the way, but in the end it’s all about friendship, attitude, and walking off that fabulous food. Come on an adventure and enjoy the ride with the lovely Lincoln Ladies.
Learning to let go (and loving it)
I know we have to start letting go almost as soon as we’re born. Babies cry when they separate from their mothers. Toddlers hate leaving to start school. Life is full of change and I accept that; but moving from Ireland to America hit with me an experience I never thought I’d face and definitely wasn’t prepared for. Truth be told, I’m still adjusting.
I got married and had my babies in Dublin. There, the tradition is to go to a nearby school and then onto one of the excellent universities the city has to offer. Students aged 18 -21, who live in Dublin continue to live at home! Don’t get me wrong, they still manage to escape. During the long summer months, it’s traditional for third level students to head to Australia, the USA, maybe the Far East. I think they try to get as far away as possible but they always come back. When they finish college, they usually get a job and then move out. Here in the USA, things are very different. Their babies – BABIES – leave home at eighteen and head to college. Sometimes it’s only a three hour drive but they can go up to 5 thousand miles away. When I first heard about this, I didn’t worry because I thought we’d be back in Ireland by now and my eldest would still be safely under my wing. We’re not and she’s gone.
I’m going to suffer a double whammy because, like the American kids, she’s gone to college for term time but she chose Trinity College, back in Dublin so like the Irish kids she’s going to travel during vacation time with her Irish buddies. So I’m slowly coming to terms with my new situation. She. Is. Gone. She’s not really coming back. I may get a long W/E or two and Christmas. They don’t do Thanksgiving in Ireland so we’ll do that without her. It really is my worst nightmare and yes, I cried my heart out as reality hit me.
It was about this time last year when I got the distinct feeling that she and I were moving toward a precipice together. It was inevitable, unavoidable and after that point, she’d go one way and I another. I started to write about it. That was the birth of Lincoln Ladies – Line 1 on page one… “Mom, are you ready? We seriously have to go.”
There was no way I could hold her back or change the situation. All my Irish friends still have their kids living at home and all my US friends get to have their kids back for summer. I don’t. As last year moved on, I realized I was going to have to figure a way to get through this transition. We set up all sorts of cell phone apps to talk for free, text and send photos. She’s not beside me but she’s still in my life. I began to focus on the things I would do with the gap in my life her exit would create. I had to learn to let go and be at peace with it.
Here’s the irony. She has four younger siblings and that gap has closed fairly swiftly. I’m focusing on my other children and writing more than ever. I’ve even joined the gym again. (First visit tomorrow morning – waghhhh.) I’ll be honest and she knows this. I think the idea of her going was a lot worse than her actually going. Do I love her being gone? No, but just like Kate Kavanagh in Lincoln Ladies, I’m using the time I would have spent with her in other fun ways. I haven’t come as far as Kate but I’m working on it and I’m open to suggestions, friends - because I have another daughter leaving me in two years and going to have to go through all of this again…. I can feel a sequel coming on!
Here’s to letting go, ladies and right now I’ll settle for liking it.
Lots of love,
Ok now blink and ….
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
Suzy Duffy is an international and #1 best-selling author. She writes laugh-out-loud, life-affirming stories about women from five to ninety-five. (Sometimes she writes about men, too, but only for comedic purposes, and pets—if they’re funny.) Her books have won numerous awards and critical acclaim. They’ve been published in Norwegian and German, and she gives 10% of her royalties to www.FOBH.org Her New England trilogy includes: Wellesley Wives – September 2012 Newton Neighbors – September 2013 Lincoln Ladies – September 2014 Praise for Duffy: “Five Star rating . . . An all-American heart-warming romantic comedy.” “Suzy Duffy . . . I had wondered who would be filling Maeve Binchy’s shoes . . . EXCELLENT . . . Highly Recommended.” “Duffy isn’t just a good writer, she’s a darn good storyteller, too—a rare combination.” Suzy is Irish and currently lives in Boston with her husband, five children, and one dog. She was recently a guest speaker at the Sydney Writers Festival in Australia. She loves connecting with readers, book clubs, and writer’s events.
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