Good news for followers of this blog and other friends! My newest book, Lucia of Fatima, is published!
Here is the incredible true story of three children who witnessed visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary on a hillside in Portugal 107 years ago today. Two years in the making, I relied on the memoirs of Lucia and her Carmelite sisters to portray all the visions, ensuing turmoil, and holiness of Lucia, St. Jacinta, and St. Francisco. My intent is to cast a fresh eye on this famous story, to engage young readers, and to feel like we are walking in the footsteps of Lucia.
Here is the opening paragraph:
Imagine that you are a little girl standing in a pasture tending sheep. Suddenly you see a beautiful lady standing on a small tree in front of you. Would you run away in fear? Would you think that you were dreaming? The story you are about to read recounts the experiences of a child favored by extraordinary visions on a Portugal hillside in 1917. Turn the page and begin a journey into the life of Lucia dos Santos, chosen by God to receive supernatural messages for the world.
Once again, artist John Folley shared his talents to create engaging illustrations for this book. Here is a sample of his work in which we see the mayor kidnapping the children.
How amazing that Lucia of Fatima was published this week, just in time for the memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Now that’s what I call providential!
Lucia of Fatima is written as historical fiction for ages 10 and up.