#CharacterCasting #Snippet: 'Dragons of Alsace Farm' by Author LC Lewis
Agnes, an 82-y-o French WWII survivor will teach Noah and Tayte the greatest lessons of their lives:
The strength of tested love.
The promise of new love.
The power of family love.
And the courage each requires.
In need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.
Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew.
Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.
The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.
Laurie (L.C.) Lewis was born and raised in rural Maryland where she and her husband still reside. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a lover of sappy movies. The Dragons of Alsace Farm, her eighth published novel, was inspired by a loved one’s struggle with dementia. Her women’s fiction novels include Unspoken (2004) and Awakening Avery (2010), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).
She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a late spring 2017 release, and in March 2017 she will release a romance novel for Gelato Book’s “Destination Billionaire’s Series.” She loves to hear from readers, and she can be contacted at any of these locations.
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Elyes Gabel from Scorpion is my def pick for Noah
Katherine McPhee would me by Tayte pick.
Dame Judy Dench as Agnes
He wondered if he dared ask it, and whether she’d even answer. “Do you love him?”
“I’m not very good at loving people.”
“Did he tell you that?”
“He didn’t have to.” She turned her face away from him as if she were interested in something off in the distance.
Noah wanted to pull her back around to face him, but instead he stared at the ground. “It’s not true. I’ve seen what you’ve sacrificed for Agnes.”
“And as you’ve so rightly pointed out, I’ve made a mess of things.”
“No.” His head swung her way. “I never said that.”
“Yes, you did, and you were right. I’ve messed up everything I’ve done.”
“You try too hard. You don’t need to push.”
“You mean with Agnes?”
“With anybody.” He felt his throat tighten and worried whether his words and voice had revealed the crazy thoughts being near her raised in him. He tried to diffuse the tension he felt. He looked at her phone again. “Even with him.”
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