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Elizabeth Wafler’s passion for a story told with heart led her to write her own fiction. Her first novel is one of love, loss and reunion; secrecy and truth; and ultimately redemption. A former elementary school teacher, Elizabeth lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband and Cairn terrier, Mirabelle. The author can often be found at a local farmer’s market in search of the perfect heirloom tomato or bouquet of flowers, or at one of the area’s beautiful vineyards enjoying a glass of Virginia wine. She is currently at work on her second novel, A Faculty Daughter.

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Elizabeth Sumner Wafler You're right. I was an elementary teacher for twenty memorable, rewarding years. Twenty seemed like a nice round number on which to tuck away a first…moreYou're right. I was an elementary teacher for twenty memorable, rewarding years. Twenty seemed like a nice round number on which to tuck away a first career much as you would the layette of a grown child. I held up each year for inspection as you would a tiny, rose-sprigged gown or pair of corduroy overalls, and gently folded them into a trunk of memories.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I found myself at the crossroads of too young to retire and too old for the increasingly young workplace. My husband and I were empty nesters and new to the Charlottesville area. There was too much exploring to do. Too many festivals, charming markets. Too many spectacular vineyards and Virginia wines to taste. Peach orchards and blackberry patches from which to pick.

I’d dreamed of writing a novel of women’s fiction, a story told with heart, with charm and poignancy. One with elements women love. Love both romantic and familial, between lifelong friends. With passages that make us say Awww with misty-eyed satisfaction, or wriggle with pleasure. Passages we are compelled to read twice, three times. We want richly evocative and detailed settings: beautiful interiors and descriptions of the natural world. Of luscious meals and fine wines, fashion. We want to be transported to exotic places apart from our experiences.

I would embark on a writing career from home.

I do see myself as a writer. So many things I've read about the writing life have happened to me, like hearing characters speak to me, having them lead me where they want to go. I love the rhythm of the writing flow, when I'm in "the zone" and ideas are flying.
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Elizabeth Sumner Wafler Oh, my! I'm still filling in the gaps of my classics education. As I finish Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, these titles wait in my stack:…moreOh, my! I'm still filling in the gaps of my classics education. As I finish Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, these titles wait in my stack: Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, John Fowles's The Magus, and Willa Cather's My Antonia. No beach books for me this year!(less)
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From Chapter Two: The first you-know-what hits the fan.

Stepping forward, the board chairman Beau Duffy pulls a slight smile, accepts the clip-on mic from Susan and attaches it to his navy and red striped tie. He clears his throat.


Lina pokes my thigh.


A local pediatrician, nearing retirement and the kind of guy who would come over and roust a mouse from your house, Beau surveys us a moment. He pe...

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“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
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“Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”
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