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When Light Breaks

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Praise for the Novels of Patti Callahan Henry
When Light Breaks
“Not just a beautiful story, but an important one as well. It’s about all the things that make us worthy as human beings—integrity, honesty, and living the life you are meant to live. And perhaps most importantly, it shows us what brings genuine happiness.
When Light Breaks
is a triumph!”
—Dorothea Benton Frank,
New York Times
bestselling author of
Pawleys Island
 
“A passionate, unforgettable novel of self-discovery, regret, and the illuminating power of love. Patti Callahan Henry’s writing is as lush and magical as the Lowcountry she loves. Once caught in the emotional currents of her story, you’ll not be released until the last, satisfying page.”
—Mary Alice Monroe,
New York Times
bestselling author of
Sweetgrass
 
 
Where the River Runs
 
“Books about the journey to self-realization often make us contemplate our own lives and choices. You travel with the character through joy, heartache, and redemption, and when it’s over, you have laughed and cried. This book proves no exception….Descriptive language, paired with heartfelt characters, accentuates the story, which is peppered with Lowcountry culture and customs....After reading this tale, cherishing family and home becomes the reader’s own mantra.”—
Southern Living
magazine
 
“Quietly reflective and softly compelling, this tale of a Lowcountry woman’s reblossoming will touch your heart and make you wonder about long-forgotten possibilities waiting to be rediscovered in your own family and soul.”—
The Charleston Post and Courier
(SC)
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“A melodious, encouraging tale that upholds memories, friendship, and family.”—
Atlanta Woman Magazine
 

Where the River Runs
is an expression of love between author and story. Readers will instantly fall for Patti Callahan Henry’s unique voice and lyrical writing style in this satisfying story of a secret revealed.”

Topsail Magazine
 
“A poignant tale. . . . Fans of Anne Rivers Siddons will want to read Patti Callahan Henry’s deep character study.”—The Best Reviews
 
“As in Henry’s debut,
Losing the Moon,
and this beautifully written story, the sheer lyricism of the author’s voice transports the reader. Fans of such books as Mary Alice Monroe’s
Skyward,
also about the Gullah, and Patricia Gaffney’s
Flight Lessons
will add this book to their list of favorites.”

Booklist
 

Where the River Runs
is a novel not so much about what you do as who you are. Which seems just about right for a day of doing nothing much.”

Creative Loafing
(Atlanta)
 
“This poignant story of a woman reclaiming her life touched me in a way a book hasn’t in quite a long time. The powerful message is translated through Meridy’s eyes and has an added impact being written in the first person. . . . With exceptional storytelling skills, newcomer Patti Callahan Henry conveys pure, potent emotions sure to reach out to every reader.”
—The Romance Readers Connection
 
“Well crafted . . .
Where the River Runs
is the perfect pick for an easygoing sunny day on a Lowcountry beach—and a good substitute for chocolate.”

The Beaufort Gazette
(SC)
 
“A plot [that] would make a great country-and-western hit.”

The Knoxville News-Sentinel
 
“Patti Callahan Henry writes this story from her heart and creates characters who reach out to us as we read. . . . Southern writers have a sweet melancholy inside them. It permeates every story they tell. Terry Kay has it. Anne Rivers Siddons has it. Pat Conroy definitely has it. It has become the defining trait of the great Southern storytellers. Patti Callahan Henry has it. . . . Meridy’s story will affect you and entertain you. It will touch your heart with its sweet melancholy, and it may just hold up a mirror to your own forgotten used-to-be you.”—
Rockdale Citizen
(GA.)
 
 
Losing the Moon
 
“Henry’s beautifully written debut romance is meant to be savored, with its poetic descriptions and settings deftly mirroring the emotions of the characters. Readers who enjoy the lyrical voices of Patricia Gaffney and Mary Alice Monroe will also be drawn to this talented newcomer.”

Booklist
(starred review)
 
“Patti Callahan Henry joins the ranks of Anne Rivers Siddons and Pat Conroy with this debut novel.
Losing the Moon
is lyrical, sensual, and as delicate as a seashell. Lovely and poignant.”

New York Times
bestselling author Deborah Smith
 
“I loved
Losing the Moon
! Patti Callahan Henry’s engaging story and compelling characters captured my heart from page one, and stayed with me long after the final, satisfying conclusion. Don’t miss this wonderful book.”

New York Times
bestselling author Haywood Smith
 
“A dazzling example of the new style of fiction writing to come out of the South. Chosen as the first book in the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum’s Emerging Writers’ program, Henry has been hailed as being included first in the ranks of important Southern writers such as Pat Conroy and Anne Rivers Siddons. If this debut novel is any indication of what we can expect from Patti Callahan Henry, we can look forward to many years of reading enjoyment to come.”—
Chance Times Record News
(TX)
ALSO BY PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY
Losing the Moon
Where the River Runs
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First published by NAL Accent, an imprint of New American Library,
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First Printing, May 2006
 
Copyright © Patti Callahan Henry, 2006
Conversation Guide copyright © Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2006
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA:
 
Henry, Patti Callahan.
When light breaks/Patti Callahan Henry.
p. cm.
eISBN : 978-1-101-11805-4
1. Older women—Fiction. 2. Golfers—Fiction. 3. Reminiscing in old
age—Fiction. 4. Southern States—Fiction. 5. Marriage—Fiction. I. Title.
PS3608.E578W46 2006
813’.6—dc22 2005030147
 
 
 
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I dedicate this book to my sweet Meagan.
I thought of you as I wrote every page of this novel,
and I pray that you will always hear
God’s still, small whisper in your heart.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
I had always hoped that I would bring something of worth to the writing, but I soon discovered that it was the other way around—writing has enriched my world in many ways, and one of the most beautiful of these ways is the heart-expanding friendships I’ve discovered along this journey of publication. This story is more complete because of many friends, family members and colleagues, and I am indebted to every single one of them.
First I must express my gratitude to those integral in the formation of this novel. Kimberly Whalen is beyond an agent. She is a genius in storytelling and thematic structure; this novel is richer, deeper and cleaner because of her understanding of the story’s heart. Ellen Edwards is an editor of such immense patience, acuity and thoughtful, cohesive editing that I express my esteem with a humble heart. I want to thank Laura Zidar of the PGA TOUR for her expertise and kindness while answering my numerous questions about the golf tour; if I have made any mistakes describing the tour, they are my fault alone. I am, as always, grateful to Sandee O for being willing to share her expert knowledge about cameras and photography.
I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to those who have entered my life through this wonderful world of writing, and therefore enriched my writing with their friendship and insight. To Mary Alice Monroe, lyrical, gentle in spirit and wisdom—I am honored to call you friend; to Marjory Heath Wentworth, South Carolina Poet Laureate, who can light a room with her very presence; to Dorothea Benton Frank, a wild Irish soul whose very words can lift a spirit to greater heights; to Annabelle Robertson, whose wit and genuine warmth has brought raucous laughter to many a dreary day; to Jackie K. Cooper whose generosity and authentic heart know no bounds; to Gracie Bergeron at the Margaret Mitchell House, I am grateful for your joy in life, even in the harder times—you are an example of a courageous woman; to Mary Kay Andrews, who makes me laugh—and what is better than that?; to Haywood Smith who always, above all things, has an awe-inspiring faith. All of you encourage and inspire me.
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