Perfect Xmas Gift for Ereaders

Looking for the perfect gift for a friend who enjoys reading books on his or her Kindle reader or Kindle App?  Here are a few accolades from fans for Midwife of Normandy:

…a beautiful and flowing story with elements of history, romance, and storytelling brought together by a colorful cast of characters.

…definitely a page turner. I haven’t read a book cover to cover for years.

…a good book always relies on strong characters and this one did not disappoint. Clare was a fully fleshed out woman grappling with real problems that might have faced a woman of her times.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Midwife of Normandy takes place in the late 17th century.  The waggon Pierre Dupres used to transport his bolts of silk fabric to Dieppe would have resembled the one in this photo (minus the artistically posed pumpkins.)

Announcing Winning Number

With Darcy 2018 tintedWe have a winner!    The lucky number in the drawing for the free copy of Midwife of Normandy is 000280.  Congratulations, Jan! Please contact me with your mailing address so I can send your book to you. And a big thank you to all who entered the drawing at the Cottonwood Library Book Fair.  You will soon be notified of a special sale on the Kindle ebook version for only 99 cents.

Upcoming book signing


On Saturday, November 10th, I will be signing copies of my books at the Cottonwood Library Book Fair, in connection with “Walkin’ on Main.” The weather will be beautiful and there will be many events happening in Old Town Cottonwood.  Stop by and see me in one of my many historically themed costumes.  Enter to win a free book!

A beautiful portrait

It was August 5, 2016 when I discovered this painting on Pinterest. It reminded me of Clare Dupres and her daughter Lucina.

Two years ago, as I was making final revisions to Midwife of Normandy, I found this image of a 17th century painting.  It reminded me so much of Clare Dupres combing her daughter Lucina’s curls, that I changed the color of Clare’s wedding gown to match. This is the type of gown a French lady of quality would have worn back in 1684.  And Clare did have a set of pearls that Jacques gave her for their anniversary.

When I researched the painting, I discovered that the child was actually a little boy!  Yes, it was difficult back then to tell young boys from girls. So this would most likely have been her son Jean-Pierre.  Continue reading “A beautiful portrait”

Meet the Doll Book Club

20180715_103821In July, the members of the Doll Book Club chose Midwife of Normandy for their monthly discussion.  They recommended it to all their doll friends and look forward to reading Lucina’s Destiny at their next meeting!

FYI: Author Carole Penfield is an avid doll collector, as well as an enthusiastic reader of historical fiction novels. These are among the 200+ dolls in her personal collection.


lucina ebook cover 72 dpi Lucina’s Destiny, is the continuation of the family saga of the Dupres family.  If you read book one, Midwife of Normandy, you will be familiar with midwife Clare, her son Jean-Pierre and daughter Lucina. Now you can read their adventures as they begin their new life in England.

Meet their new friends and neighbors in the village of Tunbridge, Kent.  Eliza Weller befriends Lucina–she is the real life great-grandmother of famous author Jane Austen. Just a hint why I call this series “Secrets of the Austen Midwives.”


July already??

Can’t believe the year is half over.  I’m making slow progress on Book Two, but I have a tentative title;  Lucina’s Dilemma.   I hope to have this sequel to Midwife of Normandy published in time for Christmas.  Doing things backwards, I already have the cover designed although the book isn’t finished.  Does anyone else write like this?

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