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I’m a novelist and chronicler of family drama, dysfunction and suspense. My next book, AT WAVE’S END, arrives August 15, 2017.

Pre-order AT WAVE’S END in paperback, Kindle and audiobook.

AT WAVE’S END is the story of a woman who wins a down-and-out inn at the Jersey shore…weeks before a major hurricane. Here’s how my publisher describes this novel:

After a childhood as unpredictable as the flip of a coin, Faith Sterling has finally found her comfort zone in the kitchen of an upscale Manhattan restaurant. A workaholic chef, at least there she’s in control. So when her free-spirited and often-gullible mother, Connie, calls to announce that she’s won a bed-and-breakfast on the Jersey Shore, Faith’s patience boils over. Convinced the contest is a scam, she rushes to Wave’s End to stop Connie from trading her steady job for an uncertain future.

When a hurricane ravages the coast, Faith is torn between supporting the shore rescue and bailing out her beleaguered boss. But the storm dredges up deceptions and emotional debris that threaten to destroy the inn’s future and her fragile bonds with her mother.

As the women struggle to salvage both the inn and their relationship, Faith begins to see herself and Connie in a new light—and to realize that some moments are better left to chance.

Doesn’t AT WAVE’S END sound like the perfect beach read to wrap up the summer? Reserve your copy now.

Advance Review: This is an engaging story about a bottled-up woman who is transformed after she winds up dealing with a bunch of wounded characters, among them her mother, in a ramshackle inn following a storm. Susan Breen, author of The Fiction Class and the Maggie Dove Mystery Series.

DELIVER HER: Kindle First, April 2016

Coming May 1, 2016
DELIVER HER: Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Women’s Fiction.

A daughter’s grief, a mother’s desperation, and an endless highway of deception.

Published in 2016, my debut novel DELIVER HER is the story of Meg Carmody, a mother who goes to extreme lengths to rescue her teenage daughter Alex, whose behavior is spinning out of control. When the secret transport Meg arranges for her daughter goes awry and Alex goes missing, Meg must answer for her deception.

DELIVER HER has garnered more than 600 five-star reviews to date.

Here’s what readers are saying about DELIVER HER:

“A powerful story about a mother’s efforts to save a daughter who seems to be going out of control. It’s a story about love and family and betrayal.  A perfect book club book.”

“I’ve found a favorite new author. If you’re a fan of Jodi Picoult’s books, this novel is a must-read.”

“Compelling story about life and the choices that we make. I was caught up in the spell of this book.”

“It’s about what’s going on in today’s society and [Donovan] nailed it.”

“Suspenseful throughout and left me hoping for a sequel.”

“Action-packed: somewhat like a modern-day ‘prodigal son.”

“The characters are well developed: flawed, utterly human, and relatable.”

“A today story!!! A good read for parents of preteens and teens.”

“Very good book about family love and trials of teenage years. I would recommend it to parents struggling to help their children.”

“Fantastic read. Grabbed me in the beginning and wouldn’t let go.”

“A well-crafted story of a family in crisis.”

“Good novel with empathy and the pain of loss successfully conveyed. This is a well executed novel with relevant theme.”

“Awesome read; very topical subject matter. I was on the edge of my seat!”

“Takes you on an emotional ride through loss, family and hope…A worthwhile and enjoyable read.”

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