Thursday, July 3, 2014

Annie's Stories by Cindy Thomson

The year is 1901, the literary sensation The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is taking New York City by storm, and everyone wonders where the next great book will come from. But to Annie Gallagher, stories are more than entertainment—they’re a sweet reminder of her storyteller father. After his death, Annie fled Ireland for the land of dreams, finding work at Hawkins House.

But when a fellow boarder with something to hide is accused of misconduct and authorities threaten to shut down the boardinghouse, Annie fears she may lose her new friends, her housekeeping job . . . and her means of funding her dream: a memorial library to honor her father. Furthermore, the friendly postman shows a little too much interest in Annie—and in her father’s unpublished stories. In fact, he suspects these tales may hold a grand secret.

Though the postman’s intentions seem pure, Annie wants to share her father’s stories on her own terms. Determined to prove herself, Annie must forge her own path to aid her friend and create the future she’s always envisioned . . . where dreams really do come true.


No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home. ~L. Frank Baum, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ

Late August, 1901
Sometimes the smallest things ignited memories Annie Gallagher would sooner forget. This time all it took was a glimpse of a half-finished tapestry Mrs. Hawkins had left on her parlor chair: Home Sweet Home. Annie pressed her palm against her heart, trying to shut out the realization that she was far from home—and not just because she now lived in America.
        In a few days it would be her birthday, but she wanted to forget. Birthdays held no significance when your parents had gone to heaven.
        For most of her life Annie had traveled with her father, a seanchaí, a storyteller from the old Irish tradition. She had learned the age-old stories of the great warrior Cuchulain and the tragic tale of a cruel stepmother in “The Children of Lir.” She learned of kings and monks and lords and wild beasts. But when night came and he tucked her into whatever straw cot they had borrowed for the night, he told her tales that were just for her—Annie’s stories, he called them. Now that her father was gone, those stories were all she had, her only connection to a place, intangible as it might have been, that she called home.
        She held on to them, brought them out from time to time to remind her she’d once lived in someone’s heart. Without that, she feared she might plunge again into darkness.

        Annie approached the breakfront cabinet gracing the wall opposite a substantial parlor window that looked out to the street. She opened the door, revealing her special lap desk. Suddenly her father’s voice lived again in her mind.

About The Author

Cindy Thomson is a writer and an avid genealogy enthusiast. Her love of history and her Scots-Irish heritage have inspired much of her writing, including her new Ellis Island series. Cindy is also the author of Brigid of Ireland and Celtic Wisdom: Treasures from Ireland. She combined her love of history and baseball to co-author the biography Three Finger: The Mordecai Brown Story, which was a finalist for the Society for American Baseball Research's Larry Ritter Book Award. In addition to books, Cindy has written on a regular basis for numerous online and print publications and is a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. She is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Historical Novel Society. Cindy and her husband have three grown sons and live in central Ohio. Visit her online at

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Cindy Thomson is giving away a copy of Annie's Stories. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Susan P said...

I have been reading good things about this book! It sounds intriguing. :)
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Amy Putney said...

This sounds like a wonderful book! And the cover is certainly intriguing! Hope to get a chance to read it soon!

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sm said...

Ooh! this book, Annie's Stories, sounds very interesting. Love to win and read it. sharon CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Charity Lyman said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway!! Been watching for this book ever since I heard about it. Thanks!

Wendy Newcomb said...

I have read Grace's Pictures and really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading Annie's Stories, thank you for the chance to win a copy.


beckie said...

I am an Irish girl and I would love to read this book.

Linda Marie Finn said...

Sounds so good. i would so love to read your book.

Linda Finn

Merry said...

Thanks for a peek at Annie's Stories!
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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Adele said...

Looking forward to reading some of your books. Having Karen Robbins giving us the link is a great introduction for me. I love reading stories that involve history and diaries that people leave behind. Thank for the chance to win, but, I will be reading your books. Blessing to you toady!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read this book. Please enter me in the contest.
Joyce Guard, Carney, MI

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the second opportunity to try again. Love to read.
Joyce Guard

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