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Evangeline Kelley

Evangeline Kelley

Genres:
Contemporary
Evangeline Kelley is the pen name for the writing team of Patti Berg, Pam Hanson & Barbara Andrews, and Camy Tang, who collaborated to create Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn. Each of them has published novels individually, but this is their first series together.
A Restoration of the Heart

A Restoration of the Heart

(April 1, 2013)
Seattle: What happens when three sisters come together in Nantucket for the first time since their mother’s death? Much more than the Marris sisters could have ever anticipated! The Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series (Guideposts Books) introduces readers to Caroline, Gracie and Sam as they gather for a vacation where they spent the summers as children, and follows their adventures as they fulfill their mother’s dream of opening a bed and breakfast. As the sisters heal from their mother’s passing, they bond in ways they never imagined and discover evidence of God’s hand in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

A team of four authors come together under the pen name of Evangeline Kelley to bring the unique personalities of each sister to vivid life and welcome audiences to the charming and historic island of Nantucket, complete with cobblestone streets, quaint shops, ferries, sandy beaches and salty air. The series weaves together the stories of each of the sisters as they progress through their own unique personal journeys. Along the way, readers will discover the wonder of God’s love in the lives of each of his children. With each installment, readers are drawn deeper and deeper into a mystery right alongside the characters. When the sisters start investigating the 1880 disappearance of a young woman from the house, they find that their family connection to the Misty Harbor Inn goes back much further than they ever realized. They also uncover something they never knew about their own mother. With elements of history, romance and a dash of suspense, Misty Harbor Inn has something for every reader.

In the first book, releasing this spring, Seaside Harmony (April 2013/ISBN: 978-0-8249-3246-6/$13.99) readers meet the Marris sisters as they arrive in Nantucket for the summer and discover their beloved Misty Harbor Inn is not only shuttered and run-down – it’s for sale. Drawing on their memories of their late mother’s love for the stately old colonial house, Caroline convinces her sisters to pool their resources and shared inheritance to buy the inn and fulfill their mother’s dream of opening a bed and breakfast. Renovations at the Misty Harbor Inn get under way, bringing a number of challenges, but as the sisters restore the inn, the old house becomes a place of grace and transformation, both for the guests and owners. Along with repairing the house, Caroline also has to learn how to work on her relationships since her free-spirited and often unfocused ways have a tendency of hurting those she loves.

Readers won’t have to wait for the second release in the series as it will be available alongside the first. Sunflower Summer (April 2013/ISBN: 978-0-8249-3247-3/$13.99) picks up the story from middle sister Gracie’s perspective. The Misty Harbor Inn is the ideal place for a romantic getaway, and the sisters are always excited to welcome honeymoon couples. However, Gracie is especially distressed when one young couple seems headed for a breakup over breakfast. As she wonders if she should intervene, she asks God to show her the way. Helping the young couple helps Gracie make an important discovery about herself: Her sense of responsibility and unadventurous mindset occasionally make her judgmental and unyielding. However, by helping the couple, she realizes that she does have a role to play at the inn and really is needed there.

This fall, the series will close with Whispers on the Dock (August 2013/ISBN:978-0-8249-3259-6/$13.99), featuring youngest sister, Sam. When Sam decides to enter her mother’s blackberry cobbler recipe in the Summerfest baking contest, she finds that she has a formidable opponent, a past winner who is not above engaging in dirty tactics to keep her title. Can Sam's burgeoning faith—and her sisters Caroline and Gracie—help her rise above the fray to reach out to this lonely woman? Sam also realizes something we all could use a reminder of: Being around people who genuinely love God makes her love Him, too.

Between the entertaining sisters, delightful setting and fascinating guests, readers won’t want to leave Misty Harbor Inn.

For more information on Guideposts fiction and non-fiction releases, visit Guideposts.org.

Advance Praise for Seaside Harmony

“Rife with intrigue and intimations of more action to come, the plot moves slowly but evenly through the sisters’ changing relationships with each other and their blossoming friendships in the Nantucket community, creating a heartwarming tale of faith and love.”

~ Publishers Weekly

“The details of Nantucket Island are amazing: You can feel the breeze on your skin and the warmth of the local people in your heart.”

~ Romantic Times Book Reviews

“This first book in the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series offers a little bit of everything: History, mystery, family drama, and a touch of romance. A charming setting and realistic characters make this leisurely read perfect…”

~ CBA Retailers + Resources

About the Authors

Patti Berg is a USA Today best-selling author who began penning stories while in elementary school, when she wrote the script for a puppet show she and her friends put on at a local hospital. Thirty years later, one of her dreams came true when the first of her many warm and lighthearted novels appeared in bookstores.

Scared of dogs until the age of fifty, Patti now goes out of her way to pet every dog she gets close to and would happily bring home all the puppies in the pound if her less-impulsive husband would only let her. He’s had less success keeping her from saying yes when family, friends and others ask her to volunteer. Patti has been very active and held several offices with the Sacramento Valley Rose chapter of Romance Writers of America as well as Published Authors Special Interest Chapter. She is currently volunteering with the Ada County Sheriff’s Department.

Patti lives in southwestern Idaho with her husband and a huggable Bernese mountain dog named Barkley. To learn more about Patti, go to pattiberg.com.

Pam Hanson and Barbara Andrews are a daughter-mother writing team. They have had nearly thirty books published together, including several for Guideposts in the series Tales from Grace Chapel Inn.

Pam’s background is in journalism, and she previously taught at the university level for fifteen years. Reading is her favorite pastime, and she enjoys being a volunteer youth leader at her church. She and her college professor husband have two sons. Pam writes about faith and family at pamshanson.blogspot.com.

Previous to their partnership, Barbara had twenty-one novels published under her own name. She began her career by writing Sunday school stories and contributing to antiques publications. Currently, she writes a column and articles about collectible postcards.

Barbara is the mother of four and the grandmother of eight. She makes her home with Pam and her family in Nebraska.

Camy Tang grew up in Hawaii and now lives in San Jose, California, with her engineer husband and rambunctious dog, Snickers. She graduated from Stanford University and worked as a biologist researcher for nine years, but now she writes fulltime.

Camy is a staff worker for her church youth group and leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. On her blog, she ponders knitting, spinning wool, dogs, running, the never-ending diet and other frivolous things. She loves hearing from readers and encourages them to write her. Keep up with Camy at camytang.com.

 

 

 

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