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Five Things To Know About…

November 2022 | Newsletter

Hello Friends!

I am so happy to be in your inbox and we have much to talk about. I want to talk about the five things to know about what I love, about what is inside The Secret Book of Flora Lea, about what I am doing these days, and about Friends and Fiction.

I am so grateful for all of you and I’d love to hear what you are loving these days!

Love, always


…About what I love these days

~Nature hikes. They are keeping me sane and reminding me of one of my favorite quotes by John O’Donohue, “The patience of nature enjoys the ease of trust and hope.”

~The book, Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpot reminds me that we are always living in uncertainty and that is okay, in fact more than okay – we can thrive!

~The podcast. Bethane Patrick’s podcast called Missing Pages, where she uncovers the power struggles, mistaken identities, and unfathomably bad behavior within the secretive world of book publishing. With Ron Block, I had the pleasure of interviewing her for our Writers Block Friends and Fiction podcast – what a great conversation.

~The novel, Dawnlands by Phillipa Gregory. Hoo boy, I loved falling into the intrigue and beauty of the late 1600’s England with this phenomenal author.

~The music of Jason Isbell – lately I can’t seem to get enough of his voice and lyrics, right alongside Chris Stapleton. LINK to Jason’s music. With lyrics like, “Just find what makes you happy girl/and do it til you’re gone.” What’s not to love?

…About what’s inside The Secret Book of Flora Lea

Of course, there are more than five things about Flora Lea that I want you to know, but here are a few teases: ~A mysterious fairy tale ~A missing sister ~A story of lost love ~The river Thames ~A medieval hamlet called Binsey in the countryside of Oxford. You can pre-order right here and there is so much more coming!

“Two sisters, dual time periods, a magical secret place, an abiding mystery — THE SECRET BOOK OF FLORA LEA is an enchanting story of survival against all odds. With her trademark warmth and a feather-light touch, Patti Callahan Henry weaves together events both real and imagined. Transporting, heartfelt, and atmospheric." Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of The Exiles

……About what I'm doing

~Wrapping up the goodies for a pre-order package that is so exciting I can’t wait to tell you about it. You, of course, will be the first to know. ~Preparing for the holidays! ~Speaking at a few events (you can keep updated here) through the new year! ~Visiting my daughter and grandbabies in Hawaii (you can follow along on my Instagram) ~Planning The Secret Book of Flora Lea book tour so first mark your calendars for May 1st, 2023 — a launch party with the Friends and Fiction gang for a Charleston experience with Buxton Books! (Keep an eye out—LINK to come)

"At the heart of this novel is a shattering loss that irrevocably changes the lives of a cast of complex, delightful characters. Henry is a born storyteller, keeping the reader on tenterhooks as she expertly unveils the truths and lies that drive this gripping, magical tale." —Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Palace

……About Friends and Fiction

~We have a weekly show and so many amazing guests coming up! ~We have a YouTube channel for anything you’ve missed. ~All four of the cohosts have books coming out in 2023: Patti Callahan Henry, Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Mary Kay Andrews secret project ~We have an incredible podcast that comes out on Fridays with our beloved Writer’s Block cohost librarian Ron Block. ~We have a book club led by Lisa Harrison and Brenda Gardner!


During NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) we are posting a Writing Tip a Day from some of our stellar author guests. Head over HERE every day to see the tips!

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, EPCA, and Globe and Mail bestselling author of sixteen 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 will be released on May 2nd, 2023 with Simon & Schuster Atria.

Photo Credit: Bud Johnson Photography Savannah, GA

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