Elena Louise Richmond will be reading from her newest book Advancing the Retreat on July 16th. We will gather together for a reading at 6:00pm.
In this new novel, April March wants nothing more than to be left alone to putter in her garden, but her husband has joined the church across the street and April gets pulled into the schemes and secret of the congregation.
Meanwhile there's a squirrel loose in the church, a loan to pay off, a sacrilegious calendar--meant to be a fundraiser--that outrages the minister's wife. April annoys the minister by creating a magnificent labyrinth in her yard to rival his plastic one with which he hoped to attract rental groups to the new wing of his church. This cheery tale of a community at odds reminds us to love and accept the individuality of each other.
Rachel's life as a musician began early: At age 3, they put her on a church platform and she sang. She began piano lessons at age 4, voice lessons at 15, continuing both beyond my years at Whitman College where she majored in English literature and education. She opened her music teaching studio in 1983. It became the Local Dilettante Studio in 2009 when she began to sell and teach watercolor painting and wrote her first book 99 Girdles on the Wall.