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The Delight of Gratitude

Nov 21, 2022 | Thanksgiving Newsletter




Dear Friends, The experts say that gratitude shifts our perspectives, that it opens us up to better things, that it improves our health and relationships. I know there is so much to worry about — so much — and yet today let’s choose to be thankful. We can all find a few things; I know we can. I wish all my American readers the most beautiful Thanksgiving, and for those abroad, I send gratitude for you and for your love of story. I am grateful for marshes and bays that glitter in SC, for novels that grab me and won’t let me go, and for friendship and family and love. I am grateful for Friends and Fiction and the deep and abiding community that has grown around the love of story. I am grateful for my family who can gather this week, a husband who cooks the turkey, and a dog who watches all of it with curious eyes and big ears. I’m grateful for the publication of The Secret Book of Flora Lea, a story I wrote in secret and will soon see the world in May. And, of course, I am grateful that because of all of you, I can build a life (even with the hard stuff) fashioned of creativity and writing. See? I already feel better. I hope you’ll join me for all the exciting upcoming events for The Secret Book of Flora Lea and Friends and Fiction. There is so much good coming up! Love, always Patti





“The Secret Book of Flora Lea is a beguiling blend of hope, mystery, and true familial love. It exposes the deep wounds of a family tragically separated because of war. Told in an utterly fresh way with dual timelines and a host of unforgettable characters this is a story that is both necessary and satisfying through the last page. Powerful and spellbinding!" Sadeqa Johnson International best-selling author of The House of Eve

Keep your eyes out for Book Tour Dates Coming Soon!

Only five and a half months until

The Secret Book of Flora Lea meets the world!

US and AU Editions

As The Secret Book of Flora Lea begins to make its way into the world on May 2nd, I love seeing foreign covers, and I have to say, in my not very humble opinion, that this Australian cover is giving me all the best feels. I love them both madly. If you look closely at this Australian cover you can see all sorts of hints about the story from hidden animals, to stars to the secret woodlands.

Keep your eye out for the most OMG pre-order package, party announcements, tour and so much more! Pre-Order Now.


Most Anticipated Historical Fiction of 2023




Friends & Fiction Live: Patti's The Secret Book of Flora Lea Launch Celebration Monday, May 1, 2023, 5:30 PM— 8:30 PM The Riviera Theatre 227 King Street Charleston, SC, 29401 Purchase your event tickets here and order your copy of The Secret Life of Flora Lea Check optional VIP Add-on events Order Tickets & Learn More




On Monday, May 1st, The Charleston Place & Buxton Books Literary Series are thrilled to host a very special pre-publication launch LIVE event honoring New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry and her new book THE SECRET BOOK OF FLORA LEA!

Gather up your besties, your book club, your co-workers, your family, and your neighbors. Come one, come all. And get ready for a super awesome night in the beautiful city of Charleston. Get your summer reading kicked off early at this can’t-miss event. It promises to be a spectacular night, so get your tickets before they sell out!





Patti's Holiday Gift Guide for Booklovers


The holidays are peeking at us from around the corner and I put together all my favorite gifts for the book lover in your life! From personalized paintings to a book event experience to candles, from socks to personalized bookplates, to First Edition signed books – here are my favorites for that book-loving reader in your life! One-click, wrap it up with a bow, and swish-swish you’re done and dusted! Read More I had so much fun gathering all these ideas. And let me know what you loved! Of course, it includes loads of Indie Bookstores!






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Thanksgiving Special with Indie Bookseller Pals! Next week’s episode of FRIENDS & FICTION is our Thanksgiving special! Join us on Thanksgiving Eve—Wednesday, Nov 23rd—as we welcome some of our favorite indie bookseller pals for a very special holiday episode of Friends & Fiction! Tune IN Read More









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Share the Holidays with Patti & Mary Kay!

'Tis The Season for Books! A Novel Idea. A Holiday literary event in collaboration with Atlanta Writer's Club Tues, Dec 13, 2022 @6:00 - 7:30 pm Alpharetta Library Auditorium 10 Park Plaza Alpharetta, GA 30009 Free. Reserve Your Space.

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Patti in the News!

Media: The Best of Savannah Magazine—Patti in the News

TV: WTOC 11— Ships of the Sea Museum Holiday Guide

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TV: WTOC 11 Production—Ships of the Sea Museum Solstice Seafarers Dec 16-31st

Media: Savannah Magazine—Patti in the News





About the Author

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.

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