An exclusive #excerpt of The Lost and Found of Green Tree @Gpoddessfish #Greadreads #HistoricalFiction

The Lost and Found of Green Tree by Bobbie Candas released on September 2 in the coming of age, historical genre.

Both heart-warming and gut-wrenching, the merging stories of Mariah and Nanette reveal their grit and determination as they attempt to carve out a better life for themselves during one the twentieth century’s most arduous decades.

Growing up in the rural village of Green Tree, Nanette is convinced she’s meant for a bigger life, perhaps in the spotlight of Hollywood. But selling popcorn in a Minnesota movie theater is a far cry from the glamor she dreams of; nevertheless, Nanette is undaunted by challenges.

Mariah, living just outside of Green Tree, yearns to move off the family farm and take on a modern job in a bustling city, but she’s sidetracked by love. By eighteen, she finds herself married to her high school sweetheart, giving birth to twin daughters, and living only a few miles from the home she grew up in.

As the economy worsens during the Great Depression, Nanette’s and Mariah’s lofty goals are forced to change as early tragedies confront both women. Brought together by a mutual friend, Nanette extends a generous offer to Mariah, but in time she exacts a frightening price.

It was a weekend I’d never forget. It was the first time either of us had stayed at a hotel. It was just a simple room, with a springy double bed, a desk and chair, and a bathroom down the hall. But it was our room and our bed. We had made love before, a few rushed and secretive times in the backseat of the car, but it always felt off, like something special was missing. Now we had the luxury of lying in a comfortable double bed in private, exploring each other’s bodies for hours.

As the sun came up through our hotel window, I looked over at Sam who was awake and smiling, his head propped up above two pillows. I asked, “So, after almost four years of waiting, was it worth it?”

He grabbed and kissed my hand, “So worth it. You’re perfect. All I ever wanted.”

From my calendar calculations, our family was started that day, and the twins came tumbling out nine months later.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I’m a Texas girl: grew up in San Antonio, went to school at UT in Austin where I earned my degree in journalism, and settled in Dallas where I raised a husband, two kids and a few cats. My husband, Mehmet, and the cats will probably disagree on who raised who, but I’m a sucker for a robust discussion. 

For years I was involved in retail management, but have more recently focused on my writing, taking deep dives into the lives of my characters. When you can pry my fingers off the keyboard, I enjoy entertaining, sharing food and drink with friends and family. I enjoy shopping, usually on the hunt for apparel, with a special weakness for shoes, and will frequently jump at the opportunity of an unexpected trip to a far-away place.

And I always make time for reading. I keep a stack of novels ready and waiting on my night stand, with a few tapping their toe in my Kindle. I bounce around genres, and I’m always ready for a good recommendation.

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  1. Good morning Viviana, I loved reading your background story. Thanks so much for hosting me and helping to introduce my new novel, the Lost and Found in Green Tree. I’ll check back later if readers have any questions or comments. Enjoy your day!

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  2. Happy Friday! I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, The Lost and Found of Green Tree sounds like a wonderful read and I am looking forward to it. Do you have any reading or writing plans for the weekend?

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    • Yes Beatrice, I’m working on a new novel, about 1/2 way through, tentatively titled Blooming Violet. I have a chapter to rewrite. Hope you have a great weekend.

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    • Thank you Piroska, I appreciate your comments. I agree, my cover designer really did a great job of capturing the essence of the novel. Hope you give it a read!

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