I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a Harlequin fan. That’s the publisher of fluffy romances, right?
While in my MFA program at Stonecoast, I happened across a fellow student from California, Paula Trieck DeBoard, a fiction writer who was working on her thesis project, a child-narrated novel. I was immediately interested in her work since my project was of the same ilk. Later, I remember reviewing her bound thesis in the Stonecoast graduate library and wondering where this manuscript might go. It was a beautifully written story of a Wisconsin farm family dealing with the disappearance of their son’s girlfriend. Narrated by a believable nine-year-old daughter, the story is poignant and very compelling.
What a thrill it was to pick up the published copy this summer! The Mourning Hours was published by Harlequin MIRA. Thanks to Paula’s skill, this novel lands in the coveted “cross-over” category, a read to be enjoyed by both adults and young adults.
All though the read, I kept asking myself what makes this story impossible to put down? I dissected the dialog, the sentences, the plot line and can only conclude that the art on the page is pure magic. I’m so happy for Paula’s success.