“Whispers from St. Mary’s Well” is a fictional family saga steeped in mystery and mysticism. It chronicles the life of Caroline Rose Newlyn, who was born in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, in 1851-beneath the veil, predicting episodes of clairvoyance. She witnesses her family’s painful losses, her mother’s descent into deep depression, and a brutal murder that incites decades of racial violence. Virtually orphaned at a young age, she must find a way to raise herself with help from spiritual allies, a supportive community, and her role model, Cappy the Madcap, a character from her favorite book. The books that young Caroline read as a child inspired her, just as this book has inspired many readers. Please join them on a journey into the nineteenth century and into the world beyond. The book is narrated by Caroline’s great-granddaughter, Carrie Rose Stillwell. While researching her genealogy she slips into a hypnotic trance and witnesses Caroline’s traumatic childhood, discovering truths about her own life by diving into the wellspring of her heritage. This novel includes a Reading Group Discussion Guide, and the author, Carol Kenny, a long-time supporter of book clubs, invites your reading group to join her in the discussion of this book. You may visit her at www.carolkenny.com
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BIO: With an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a graduate degree from Duke University, Carol Kenny earned a Certificate in Literary Fiction at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Whispers from St. Mary’s Well is her first novel. Her story, “In Touch with Faith,” is in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book.
Carol wrote her first poem at the age of seven. She always wanted to write fiction, but life intruded. Years ago, she wrote a weekly column of book reviews for a newspaper. She also wrote travel and feature articles for magazines and newspapers, before the era of the Internet. She founded an instructional design firm and wrote books for corporate clients like American Express, Pepsi, and Ralston Purina. She wrote for the book, The Road to Home Ownership, for United Guaranty. It won the David Campbell Innovation Award for Creative Excellence.
Recently, Ms. Kenny was able to follow her passion and focus on fiction. She won Honorable Mention in the West Virginia Emerging Prose Writer’s Contest and was a finalist in the Press 53 Short Fiction Contest. She wrote the poem, “Israeli Oxymoron,” at three o’clock in the morning, after returning from an Interfaith Mission to Israel, and it was published in Inspirit Literary Magazine. Now, her novel, Whispers from St. Mary’s Well, is touching the hearts, minds, and souls of readers everywhere.