“Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget.” Maria Edgeworth, Irish Writer, 1767-1849
Are some wounds impossible to recover from? In THE LEAF QUEEN by Janet Roberts, Dina, a young American student studying in Ireland gets pregnant and makes the difficult decision to give her daughter up for adoption. To fully understand the scope of this situation, readers learn, Celia was raised Catholic and her earliest childhood memories, being hungry and homeless with two drug-addicted parents.
Her grief and trauma follow her back to Pennsylvania, where her older sister, Celia steps back into the role of wanting to protect Dina. She tries to put her life together, but finds herself loving a guy not worth loving and then diagnosed with cancer. Her married sister, Celia tells her she’s pregnant and a new sliver of hope sparks in Dina’s life. Dina will have to find courage she never knew she had, while completely changing her whole attitude, if she has any chance of living to see her niece grow up or having a second chance at happiness.
Janet Roberts has created an intensely intimate portrait of two sister’s love. Dina and Celia have grown up knowing all only have each other and they’re determined to do anything to keep that bond. THE LEAF QUEEN also has a subtle Irish folklore feel to it. When their parents were finally gone, Celia and Dina were raised by their Granny Mauve from the “old country,” who instills in them, the love of their Irish heritage, particularly for Dina the poetry of Keats. There is that looming undercurrent unique to the Irish, that if possible, a situation can always get worse. But surprising Janet Roberts gives readers an ending that’s not cliché or contrived, just perfect and hopeful.
Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Janet Roberts graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. After working as a journalist and later as a paralegal, she obtained her masters in communications from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Although her current job has meant moving to a variety of cities, she often returns to her Western Pennsylvania roots in her writing.
To connect with Janet you can check out her website www.booksbyjanetroberts.com
Here’s a sneak peek at Janet Roberts’ THE LEAF QUEEN, Chapter 1.
We’re lucky to have one copy of THE LEAF QUEEN to giveaway. Just tell us what you know about adoption. Perhaps you’re adopted, or know someone who is, maybe you’ve read about an adopted character in a novel. We’ll announce a winner Monday. Have a wonderful Holy week.