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About Katherine Valentine
My friends call me just 'Kate'. I have been writing since I was a child and apparently was rather good at it since my 7th grade teacher accused me of plagiarizing a story that I had written for English class.
There is something magical that happens when I put a pen to paper to begin a new book. Although I have a semblance of where I wish the storyline to go, as soon as the characters take form, I become more an observer, reporting were I am led. When I was writing my first published novel, 'A Miracle for St. Cecilia's', George the plumber, just showed up one day and never left. My husband 'St. Paul' likes to tell the story of how when he come home from work I would often meet him at the front door shouting, "You won't believe what George did today!"
Perhaps I inherited my love of storytelling from my Irish ancestry. But however it came, I am especially fond of stories that revolve around small country towns. Having lived in several throughout my married life, I am always thrilled when someone begins a sentence with...."Let me tell you about the time...."
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Then tragedy strikes. Emma’s husband disappears with a large sum of the bank’s money along with the family’s savings. Within weeks, she and her son are stripped of everything and forced to live in the inner city projects. With no marketable skills, Emma feels alone, abandoned and without any hope for the future.
But God has other plans.
Sweet Dreams is the story of redemption, forgiveness and the power of faith to turn tragedies into triumphs and transform a broken life.
Twenty-plus years ago, author Katherine Valentine gave a cherished Rosary to a homeless woman in a gesture of the Father's love. Two people were transformed that day. The woman, who was filled with hopelessness and despair, awoke to the revelation that she was greatly loved by God. And Katherine, who felt that she had little to offer the Lord, became a purveyor to a powerful source of intercessory prayers reflected by a strand of beads.
The Gift is the story of the small beginnings of a lay ministry begun by one woman--a ministry that has taken the Rosary from a devotional that many consider passé to a worldwide phenomenon that is bringing comfort and miracles to those who have lost their way.
About the Author: Katherine Valentine is the award winning author of the popular Dorsetville novels (Doubleday) which includes, A Miracle for St. Cecilia’s, A Gathering of Angels, On A Wing and A Prayer, Grace Will Lead Me Home and Country Fair. She is a sought after speaker and her 1980 near-death experience, the subject of several books, has been featured on television shows including Good Morning America. Katherine lives in Woodbury, Connecticut with her husband of 40 years, ‘St.’ Paul.