With heartfelt thanks to my husband, Pat, my children, Sean, Mary and Aidan, my sister, Chris, and my faith in God. Without them, I would not have completed this novel to its end. Because of them, I count myself among the fortunate to be able to pursue a lifelong dream of writing a novel.

A special thank you to my publisher, Kira Henschel and HenschelHaus Publishing, for believing in me and my work.

Thank you to Victoria Grundle, my editor, and to all the authors who helped me to locate the resources and most of all, the confidence to keep going.

Thank you to all of my friends and family who read and commented on my book (either whole or in part) over the years during its writing and provided me with invaluable feedback. I am forever in your debt.