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Hi! I’m Dave Riese.  (This is me on the day UPS delivered my first box of books!)

When I retired in 2012, I had a long talk with myself. I knew I’d better ‘knuckle down’ if I ever wanted to succeed as a writer. I had been writing all my life since high school, but never published anything except a half dozen stories in college magazines.

About that time, an elderly friend told me about her engagement to a handsome, wealthy man when she was 18-years-old in 1951 Montreal. The end of her story astounded me and she graciously agreed to let me write a short story based on her experience. It was obvious after a month that the story was not going to be short, but neither of us dreamed it would become a novel.

I completed the first draft in ten months. After a year and a half of revision, it was completed. Her original story was only the outline of the novel – about 5% – the rest was created out of whole cloth.

I hope you enjoy reading the novel as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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