Hello and Hello!

A friend of mine asked me if a nine-year-old girl who was clever would like my new book, A Year In The Secret Garden.

I replied it depends... "Is she the kind of kid that likes to make and do, read stories and likes history, crafts and the outdoors? Is she more into texting and computer games or does she like old fashioned recipes and helping plants grow?"

My wonderful friend Valarie Budayr, who created the book with me, says that A Year In The Secret Garden is a great read-aloud book. Reading the book to boys and girls, as young as five-years-old, promotes empathy for the characters in the story, especially Colin's illness and Mary's loneliness.

So if you know families who would like a way to spend more time together making things and enjoying the wonders of nature then tell them about A Year In The Secret Garden. It would be a grand favor.

And if The Secret Garden was one of your favorite stories growing up, treat yourself to a copy. I hope you like it!

Best thoughts,


"O terque quaterque beatum”
We are three or four times blessed.


A Year In The Secret Garden ~ Now On Sale from Audrey Press

I've asked Audrey Press to extend the online sale through December 18th, just for friends of the Toymaker.



Book $15.00 on (not applicable for Amazon purchase)

Click here to buy it


Every chapter in A Year In The Secret Garden unfolds a new adventure month by month.

To see inside my new book,

A Year In The Secret Garden, click here

It makes a lovely present.


"She made herself stronger by fighting with the wind.”
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden



“Books are proof that humans are capable of working magic." ~ Carl Sagan

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