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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:108
  • eBook ISBN:9780972331852

The Australian Pen Pal

by Michelle Linn-Gust

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Overview
College English professor Rachel Monroe realizes life is about connections. Before her husband Tom’s death from cancer, he made her promise she would pursue all the goals and dreams she had left behind in her life. Knowing even in death Tom is leading her, Rachel completes her first fiction manuscript, one of the goals she had never accomplished, and finds a second career as a writer. When a publicity tour takes her from her Kansas home to several cities in Australia, she has the opportunity to find her Australian pen pal, Jenny Phillips, who had quit writing near the end of their senior year of high school. Rachel visits Coolum Beach, the oceanside town where Jenny lived most of the years the two girls corresponded. Rachel can sense a change, that Tom isn’t guiding her as he once was. She struggles with a new manuscript and reconciling her hope that somehow she’ll find Jenny. In the process, she meets Jamie Stephens, on vacation himself, and as Jamie’s life becomes intertwined wit
Description
In The Australian Pen Pal, college English professor Rachel Monroe realizes life is about connections. Before her husband Tom’s death from cancer, he made her promise she would pursue all the goals and dreams she had left behind in her life. Knowing even in death Tom is leading her, Rachel completes her first fiction manuscript, one of the goals she had never accomplished, and finds a second career as a writer. When a publicity tour takes her from her Kansas home to several cities in Australia, she has the opportunity to find her Australian pen pal, Jenny Phillips, who had quit writing near the end of their senior year of high school. Rachel visits Coolum Beach, the oceanside town where Jenny lived most of the years the two girls corresponded. Rachel can sense a change, that Tom isn’t guiding her as he once was. She struggles with a new manuscript and reconciling her hope that somehow she’ll find Jenny. She meets Jamie Stephens, her condo neighbor at the resort, and finds herself spending her free time with him, discussing Tom’s death and her need to find Jenny while in the midst of it trying to piece together a new manuscript. As they mold and shape their friendship, Jamie becomes intertwined with Rachel’s life. Near the end of her trip, she and Jamie travel to Brisbane to locate the address where they find out Jenny’s parents still live. Rachel isn’t prepared for the news about what happened to Jenny. In the process, she realizes that her connection to Jenny was not just about writing letters, but ultimately a guide for Rachel’s life.
About the author
Michelle Linn-Gust, Ph.D., is an international author and speaker about finding hope after change and loss in life. She is the author of several books including Rocky Roads: The Journeys of Families through Suicide Grief and Ginger’s Gift: Hope and Healing Through Dog Companionship. Her first book, based on the suicide of her younger sister Denise, Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling, inspired siblings around the world in their survival after a loved one’s suicide. The Australian Pen Pal is her first published fiction novel. Read more about Michelle at www.michellelinngust.com.
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