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Adventures Ahead



Here are some things that have been inspiring me (saving me) this summer.


Dear Story-Lovers,

I hope this summer finds you immersed in stories and finding time to embrace the joy of reading. As we muddle through the heart of this summer heat, I have some exciting things to share with you – from another month of events and a chance to win in our book club sweepstakes. See all the latest news about Flora Lea below.



Book Club Sweepstakes

From The Barnes and Noble Book Club Pick of May to Friends and Fiction, from Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club to Simon & Schuster Book Club Pick, and more, book clubs have been the lifeblood of The Secret Book of Flora Lea.

And now I’d love to talk to your book club! You can enter the Sweepstakes HERE (with details) and CLICK here to sign up for a book club chat.





Back On The Road

Starting August 1st, I will be back on the road with some incredible events, many of them in conversation with some of the most exciting authors writing today. For months, I’ve been celebrating that The Secret Book of Flora Lea is an instant NYT Bestseller, and now you can click here to see the full tour and celebrate with us! From Cape Cod to Nantucket, I am thrilled to be visiting some of my favorite places in the NE.






Summer Getaway Sweepstakes


Speaking of Sweepstakes, here is another WOW one! Click here to ENTER (with details).

July 17-31, 2023 My brilliant publisher @atria with @makerwine is having a WOW sweepstakes! Is there anything better than a summer weekend at the beach or by the pool with a good book, your bestie, and some premium canned wine? For us, it sounds perfect.




Summer Inspiration


Music: Abba’s Best Hits. My granddaughters were visiting, and we had a few dance parties to Dancing Queen and I was reminded how much I love Abba’s upbeat and cheering music! Book: Shark Heart. Just trust me, okay? Come along for an emotional and beautiful ride. Audiobook: 84 Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff – an oldie but goodie. At a quick 2 hours, this is the perfect audiobook for the road trip and all lovers of books about books! Products: My favorite summer stop for all things – from hats to sundresses to jewelry, there’s nothing as refreshing as Ex Voto (nope, this isn’t a sponsorship, just a little adoration) For Writers: The Kauai Writers Conference. Looking for a getaway and a place to hone your craft? I’ll be at the Kauai Writers Conference with some of your favorite authors — Christina Baker Kline, Paula McLain, Adrienne Brodeur, Adriana Trigiani, Mary Kay Andrews, and many more! An Instagram Account: Foxglove and Ivy. I LOVE PHOTOS OF THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE when I find myself frazzled and out of sorts. And this account is…aaaahhh.



Flora Lea News

By WJHG Newsroom Published: Jun. 27, 2023 PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -For this month's Chapter Chat, we are reading The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry. NewsChannel 7 Today's Jessica Foster discussed her inspiration for the novel with this month's author.

WATCH VIDEO #BNBookClub: Patti Callahan Henry THE SECRET BOOK OF FLORA LEA with Miwa Messer and Shannon DeVito Barnes & Noble Thanks for joining us for today's B&N Book Club event with Patti Callahan Henry in conversation with Miwa Messer, Editorial Director at B&N, and Shannon DeVito, Sr.

BOOKBROWSE FEATURE Beyond the Book The Imaginary Worlds of Childhood This article relates to The Secret Book of Flora Lea In Patti Callahan Henry's The Secret Book of Flora Lea, Hazel Linden, 14, and her sister Flora, 5, are evacuated to Oxfordshire during Operation Pied Piper in World War II.

AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE THE SECRET BOOK OF FLORA LEA By Patti Callahan Henry | Read by Cynthia Erivo, Patti Callahan Henry [Note] Fiction * 12.5 hrs. * Unabridged * © 2023 BOOK REVIEW Narrator Cynthia Erivo's quiet assurance permeates this dual-timeline audio about the powerful alchemy of storytelling.

THE STRIPE by GRACE ATWOOD BOOK REVIEW The Stripe is a lifestyle blog for the stylish bookworm. Since its first post in 2010, it has aimed to be a daily source of inspiration for the modern woman.

Episode 149: Patti Callahan Henry on The Secret Book of Flora Lea and the Magic of Storytelling What a joy to have Patti Callahan Henry back on the podcast this week to discuss her new historical novel, The Secret Book of Flora Lea, which is set outside Oxford in the hamlet of Binsey and involves a…

Here are our seven top picks for July 2023 FIRST FOR WOMEN MAGAZINE June 29, 2023 "7 Books We're Loving Right Now" Welcome, fellow readers, to the very first FIRST for Women monthly book club! Here at FIRST, we're all about a good story.

On the beach. On your deck. In bed. No matter where, here are 4 summer books to read! By Nancy Harris Special to The Patriot Ledger June 22, 2023 BOOK SMART Summer is almost here - and with it comes a host of sizzling new releases.

The Secret Book of Flora Lea is an Indigo Best Beach Reads Pick! need vitamin sea?

By Tim Spalding in Top Titles June 1, 2023 Syndetics Unbound Here are the top twenty titles public library patrons looked for in May 2023.



Before I say goodbye for now, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you. Your support, kind words, emails, gifts, notes, and love of this story inspire and fuel my creativity. I am privileged to be part of your reading journey! Be sure to follow me on social media and visit my website for the latest updates and announcements!


—Patti



Friends & Fiction

By Linda Hurtado Published July 20, 2023 Tampa Bay Reads FOX 13 News Tampa Bay Reads: Friends and Fiction Linda Hurtado reports TAMPA, Fla. - They are four best-selling authors who have become great friends, and they host weekly author chats on their "Friends and Fiction" Facebook page.

New York Times By Elisabeth Egan June 22, 2023 When the author of "The Paris Daughter" announced her breast cancer diagnosis, the Friends & Fiction community rallied. Kristin Harmel donated a portion of her advance for "The Paris Daughter" to Susan G. Komen and the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation.


Join us each Wednesday at 7 pm EST on Friends and Fiction Facebook or YouTube!





About Patti Callahan Henry

New York Times Bestselling Author and Podcast Host

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling author of seventeen novels and podcast host. She is the recipient of The Christy Award—A 2019 Winner "Book of the Year”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020 and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019.

Patti is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast A full-time author, mother of three, and grandmother of two, she lives in Mountain Brook, Alabama, with her husband, Pat Henry. Her newest novel, The Secret Book of Flora Lea, is set outside Oxford in the hamlet of Binsey and was released on May 2nd, 2023, with Simon & Schuster Atria.



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