New book car­ries on se­ries in QA’s

Record Observer - - Community - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

QUEEN ANNE — Lo­cal au­thor Kather­ine Win­field has writ­ten a cap­ti­vat­ing new book, “Belle Grove,” that is cer­tain to in­trigue res­i­dents of Queen Anne’s County. Like all fic­tional works, Win­field’s char­ac­ters and set­tings are not based on any one par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­ual or place, but read­ers will quickly iden­tify with the small, quaint town of Cor­sica.

Com­bin­ing in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion­ships in a small town with a mur­der that must be solved and an un­der­cur­rent of things that can­not be seen by the av­er­age per­son, Win­field crafts a story that draws read­ers in with lit­tle ef­fort. How­ever, it is the ref­er­ences to Eas­ton, Har­ring­ton, Delaware’s race track, the lo­cal sher­iff’s of­fice and de­tails like a con­flict caused by the Depart­ment of De­fense want­ing to pur­chase ru­ral land for the use of as a prov­ing ground, that read­ers on the Mid-Shore might find most com­pelling. Like­wise, the fic­tional town of Cor­sica with its ec­cen­tric char­ac­ters are rem­i­nis­cent of Cen­ter­ville. The lo­cal news­pa­per, men­tioned sev­eral times by Win­field’s char­ac­ters, is of course none other than Queen Anne’s County’s own Bay Times.

Win­field, a res­i­dent of the Queen Anne area since the 1990s, is her­self from the western shore. She and her hus­band re­side on a horse farm in ru­ral Queen Anne’s County. One of the first things that drew her to love the Shore said Win­field was the unique, al­most mys­ti­cal sense of a place that is like no other. Win­field, like many na­tive Eastern Shore res­i­dents, de­scribed the change as no­tice­able once one crosses over the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, a place rich in his­tory and sto­ries.

Win­field was sur­rounded by artists grow­ing up, her mother, grand­mother and un­cle ex­pressed sim­i­lar tal­ents, and as such it cre­ated a rich en­vi­ron­ment for Win­field’s sto­ries to grow, she said, not­ing that she be­gan writ­ing sto­ries down as a small child. How­ever, it wasn’t un­til 2013 that Win­field pub­lished her first book, “Haver­ford House,” vol­ume one in the Cor­sica Se­ries.

Her books have re­ceived high praise from crit­ics, “Win­field mas­ter­fully re­veals how the com­pli­cated lives of the peo­ple in Cor­sica are in­ter­twined .... She paints a rich pic­ture of the char­ac­ters’ per­son­al­i­ties .... [and] es­tab­lishes a strong sense of set­ting ... Win­field draws read­ers in with her use of de­tails … deftly shift­ing from a char­ac­ter-driven story to a plot-driven, ac­tion-filled mys­tery ... With un­usual but ap­peal­ing char­ac­ters, she keeps read­ers deeply en­gaged through­out her ec­cen­tric, com­pelling novel,” said Maria Siano, Fore­Word Clar­ion Re­views. Win­field was also a fi­nal­ist in the IndieFab Book of the Year Award.

Win­field is cur­rently work­ing on a few other projects, and spends her free time with her own horses and dog Zane. Her en­cour­age­ment to other writ­ers is never stop writ­ing.

Win­field will be sign­ing books on March 25 at the News Cen­ter, 218 North Wash­ing­ton St. in Eas­ton. Her books are also avail­able through re­tail­ers on­line.

“Belle Grove” syn­op­sis:

Julie Seev­ers has opened an herb shop in the small fish­ing town of Cor­sica and is jug­gling fam­ily life and run­ning a busi­ness. Tabs Tucker, a mis­an­thropic teen, works part-time at Julie’s shop. And Libby Langston, Julie’s best friend, is look­ing for some­thing to spark the bore­dom of sum­mer. She thinks she’s found it when a new­comer to the town en­ters Julie’s shop and Libby in­vites her to join the Cor­sica book club. But what Libby doesn’t know is that she has started them all down a twisted path of be­trayal, past se­crets, and even mur­der that will test the bounds of friend­ship, fam­ily, and love. “Haver­ford House” syn­op­sis: When Josh and Libby Langston move from Bal­ti­more to a small fish­ing town on the Eastern Shore of Mary­land, they’ll soon find out that the sleepy town of Cor­sica has some deep rooted se­crets. Think­ing that she has fi­nally found the per­fect place to call home, Libby will dis­cover her new dream house has a trou­bled past that is about to be awak­ened.

Af­ter a Haver­ford de­scen­dant, dead for over a cen­tury, sends Libby cryp­tic mes­sages for help, Libby de­cides to seek the aid of the lo­cal towns­peo­ple. How­ever, as the hidden his­tory be­gins to be un­cov­ered, Libby will learn that some­times the past is bet­ter left buried.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Kather­ine Win­field, au­thor of the “Haver­ford House” and “Belle Grove,” nov­els set in the fic­tional small town of Cor­sica.

“Belle Grove” and “Haver­ford House,” nov­els writ­ten by lo­cal au­thor Kather­ine Win­field. Win­field will be hold­ing a book sign­ing March 25 at the News Cen­ter in Eas­ton.

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