- Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (April 22, 2017)
Long before fracking ever came to Minden, Pennsylvania, the fissures in the Pierson family were developing into major fault lines.
Green Energy arrives, offering the rural community of Minden the dream of making more money from their land by leasing natural gas rights for drilling. But orchardist, Jack Pierson, fears his brother, Wade, who now works for Green Energy, has returned to town after a twenty-year absence so desperate to be the hero that he’ll blind their hometown to the potential dangers. Jack also worries his brother will try to rekindle his relationship with LeeAnn, Jack’s wife, who’s recently left him. To protect his hometown and to fulfill a promise to himself, Jack seeks out his mother and environmental lawyer, Stella Brantley, who abandoned Minden–and Jack and Wade–many, many years ago.
“Brandes checks off all the boxes for quality fiction: the characters are well-rounded, the settings, such as the apple orchards, the crisp Silver Creek, and the rocky outcrops, are vividly described, and the plot is well-organized and crisply paced. The tension between the characters satisfyingly rises to a crescendo that’s in sync with the larger environmental crisis that threatens the town.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS
An environmental scientist with 20 years of experience, Kate Brandes is also a watercolor painter and a writer of women’s fiction with an environmental bent. Her short stories have been published in The Binnacle, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Grey Sparrow Journal. Kate is a member of the Arts Community of Easton (ACE), the Lehigh Art Alliance, Artsbridge, the Pennwriters, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Kate lives in a small town along the Delaware River with her husband, David, and their two sons. When she’s not working, she’s outside on the river or chasing wild flowers.
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Monday, April 17th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, April 18th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Monday, April 24th: The Book Whisperer
Wednesday, April 26th: 100 Pages a Day
Friday, April 28th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, May 1st: Write Read Life
Tuesday, May 2nd: Kritter’s Ramblings
Wednesday, May 3rd: The Paperback Pilgrim
Thursday, May 4th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, May 8th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, May 9th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Wednesday, May 10th: Books and Bindings