I'm working hard to make up for going almost two weeks without a post.
I finished another very good book today. It isn't quite as serious as Trudy's Promise, but it is an awesome read.
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen is a charming story of two Southern sisters who just happen to have a little magic, including a clairvoyant apple tree. Very intriguing, no? Allen does an excellent job of subtly weaving mysticism in with a story of love and family.
You can read more about Allen and her books at her website: http://www.sarahaddisonallen.com/index.html
One of the things I found inspiring is that it took her 12 years to get published. I think I needed to read that because I got a rejection letter on the teen novel I submitted recently. It was a very nice rejection letter, as far as that goes. The editor called the mystery "compelling" and praised the plot, but said "the narrative voice wasn't quite there." So, I guess it is back for more revision.