The Duchess, The Knight & The Leprechaun by Heidi Thurston
"I LOVED this...it's wonderful, fun, engaging, involving, dishy, scandalous and literary. It's a blast to read...So much in these pages—it's definitely a family romance, with the past threatening it."
—Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories, an Amazon "Best Book of the Month" the "Book of the Week" on Oprah.com
A widow in her middle years, Anna Thornberg, has recovered from the loss of her long-time husband Robert, a caring, and usually cheerful Irishman, but one harboring a dark side. Her life is full and rewarding; she is surrounded by family and friends; is active in her community, and has a part-time job she enjoys. Her best friend, Reenie, however, has another opinion and tells her she needs a man in her life.
On an early spring day, Anna’s life takes a new turn, with the discovery of her old high school diary. On an impulse she contacts her old boyfriend, the young man she left behind, years ago, when she came with her family to the United States from her native Denmark.
Her initial contact ultimately leads to a visit to Ireland, several trips to the beaches in North Carolina, a pilgrimage back to Denmark—and the reunion with Christian.
During her journeys, Anna uncovers the deceit and half-truths that filled her early years and resolves a series of mysteries and secrets related to her past. In the process she starts removing a lifelong guilt and begins looking ahead to the promise of a brighter future.
Heidi Thurston was born, and spent her early years, in Copenhagen, Denmark. In her late teens she immigrated with her parents to New York City. She later met and married her husband there.
Thurston worked as a journalist, feature story writer, weekly columnist, and reporter for The Evening Times, in Sayre, Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of several awards from the Pennsylvania Press Association and has had a number of stories published in various periodicals. This is her first novel.
Ms. Thurston resides in Kannapolis, North Carolina, with her husband Chuck Thurston, an author, playwright, and columnist. The couple have two sons, Mark and Curt, and a daughter, Kristine; seven grandchildren and two great grand-daughters.