Penny for Your Thoughts

What route does life’s journey take?
When best friends lose contact, is it possible to reconnect?
Is it ever too late to find true love?

Toward the end of Vaughn’s award-winning novel Love on the Misty Isles, three characters, Sheryl, Libby and her brother Corbin, realize they had all come from the same fictional town of Crocus Plains on the Canadian prairies but hadn’t known one another. The sequel/prequel Penny for Your Thoughts returns to Crocus Plains and the life of Penny Ryan. Penny’s life journey begins with her father William’s story and the secrets it holds throughout the 1930s Depression years and World War II. Penny shares her growing-up years with Sheryl Leigh in Crocus Plains. They go their separate ways during college and eventually lose contact with one another. In the meantime, Penny becomes the summer nanny for the Campbells, a new family in town. Siblings Libby and Corbin capture Penny’s heart. Penny pursues her career as a math teacher and then principal of the high school in Crocus Plains. She becomes the siblings’ mentor and role model as they follow in her footsteps and pursue careers in education, which eventually take them far away from the prairies. Throughout her life, Penny encounters many opportunities for love, but none are the kind that last. Will her life’s journey eventually lead her to find those beloved friends of her past? Will the journey end before Penny finds that one special and enduring love?

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Penny Ryan’s life journey begins with her father William’s story and the secrets it holds. Just as the 1930s Depression years and World War II shaped William’s “Greatest Generation,” the 1950s developed what has come to be known as the Baby Boomer generation—Penny’s generation.

Penny shares her growing-up years with Sheryl Leigh on the Canadian prairies in the fictional town of Crocus Plains, where they pledge to be friends forever. However, they go their separate ways during college and eventually lose contact with one another.

In the meantime, Penny becomes the summer nanny for the Campbells, a new family in town. Siblings Libby and Corbin Campbell capture Penny’s heart. Penny pursues her career as a math teacher and then principal of the high school in Crocus Plains. The siblings once again take center stage in Penny’s life when she becomes their mentor and role model as they follow in her footsteps and pursue careers in education, which eventually take them far away from the prairies.

Throughout her life, Penny encounters many opportunities for love, but none are the kind that last. Will her life’s journey eventually lead her to find those beloved friends of her past? Will the journey end before Penny finds that one special and enduring love?

Growing up on the Canadian prairies, Rosemary Vaughn has drawn on this experience for her sequel/prequel to her award-winning debut novel, Love on the Misty Isles. Vaughn’s personal experience in education and a return trip to Haida Gwaii also lend authenticity to her characters’ experiences. Visit Rosemary on her website at www.rosemaryvaughn.com or her Facebook author page at www.facebook.com/authorrosemaryvaughn.

Availability:

Penny for Your Thoughts is currently available in both ebook and paperback at amazon.com, amazon.ca, indigo.ca, indiebound.org, booksamillion.com, and barnesandnoble.com. The ebook is also available on iBooks. Independent bookstores that order books from the distributor Ingram should be able to order a print copy for customers.

  • Strengths of Vaughn’s writing include giving the readers a sense of placeStrengths of Vaughn’s writing include giving the readers a sense of placeReview from Sue Ready on her Ever Ready blog

    Strengths of Vaughn's writing include giving the readers a sense of place to an area in her sequel focusing on the Canadian prairies, a region she is familiar with. With her description of the landscape and everyday life in this region readers will feel what it's like to live in such a unique area. Readers may even find that life growing up in the 50's and 60's was quite a similar experience for both Americans and Canadians. It was particularly interesting learning about the role of Canadians during World War II. Vaughn purposely included information in the story to highlight the differences between the US and Canada during this time period appealing to  readers interest  from each country. Any novel that covers a wide range of decades is a challenge for authors.  It's obvious Vaughn strove for accuracy in Penny for Your Thoughts. She was able to effectively capture the area's culture and way of life covering an extensive time period by fact checking using primary sources and online research.  Vaughn found friends and family were helpful consultants. 

    Vaughn creates authentic and relatable characters through their dialogue and interactions as a variety of events unfold. Your interest will be piqued by a scene from the Prologue which will be repeated again towards the end of the book revealing its significance. 

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  • You are a great storyteller! You are a great storyteller! Gale from New Jersey

    I saved reading your new book until I got back to NJ and had time to concentrate on it, and I read it all day yesterday.  I want to tell you how much I enjoyed it.  I loved the characters and, by the descriptions of the locations, I felt I could really see the places they lived.  Their stories were so interesting that I just kept on reading to see what would happen next.  And I loved the way you tied everything back to Love on the Misty Isles.  Everything meshed beautifully.  

    You are a great storyteller!  Thank you for sharing your works with me.  I had a wonderful day reading yesterday and couldn’t put the book down until I finished it!  I felt like I had a little mini-vacation in Canada!

  • An excellent read.An excellent read.Sharon from the prairies

    Enjoyed Penny for Your Thoughts very much as it brought back memories of being a “prairie girl” growing up in a small community. Also, liked the fact that the characters from both novels were eventually reunited. An excellent read.

  • Thanks ‘Rosemary’ for the enjoyment of your books as well as the good memories.Thanks ‘Rosemary’ for the enjoyment of your books as well as the good memories.Simonne from British Columbia

    Gingie, on receiving your book, I wasn’t able to wait until I completed my current reading and dove into ‘Penny for Your Thoughts’. 

    I’m sure you have and will continue to get positive feedback. Mine will be more personal.

    Reading your books has a bonus element for me, feeling close to content. Thanks ‘Rosemary’ for the enjoyment of your books as well as the good memories.

  • It was a good read and I enjoyed it.It was a good read and I enjoyed it.Roger from Minnesota

    I just finished your new book. It took me down memory lane. I know the author and read her first book, so I knew there was a happy ending in store for Penny. It was a good read and I enjoyed it. There were a couple of characters that I related to.

  • I really enjoyed itI really enjoyed itGail, from Alberta, who grew up on the Canadian prairies in Manitoba

    I just finished reading A Penny for Your Thoughts and I wanted to tell that I really enjoyed it. It was fun remembering the familiar schools, houses, recreation spots, the shops and life in general in a small prairie town. Also, I just realized I have not been to the Peace Garden for years. There is a CBC show on tv called Still Standing and I was watching it last night. Jonny Harris goes to small towns across Canada that are struggling to survive. He spends a couple of days with the people there and then has a town hall recap of his stay. Last night he was in Haida Gwaii where he visited with some of the people there. It was very interesting especially after reading your books. It is a pretty spot and I could almost imagine your book characters there in the coffee shop where he was having a cup of coffee. 

  • You are a really amazing writer.You are a really amazing writer.Jackie, a friend from Connecticut

    Hi Shirley, I just finished reading Penny for Your Thoughts and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the ending as Penny finally finds love. You are a really amazing writer. Kudos to you.

  • Readers are sure to lose themselves in this enthralling historical romance from page one!Readers are sure to lose themselves in this enthralling historical romance from page one!Endorsement from my editor, Amy Sleper

    In Penny for Your Thoughts, award-winning author Rosemary Vaughn brings readers back to the sweeping Canadian prairies and lush island beauty of Haida Gwaii that fans came to love in her first novel, this time also transporting readers back in time. In this latest novel, Vaughn tells the story of Penny Ryan, a heroine with both heart and brains despite her misfortunes in love and the family secrets that haunt her. Vaughn begins with the tale of Penny’s parents’ love founded during World War II, then shares Penny’s own lifelong quest to find true love. Vaughn once again provides readers with a captivating story of love, loss, and the bonds of friendship that run deeper than family. Readers are sure to lose themselves in this enthralling historical romance from page one!

  • This is an easy enjoyable read that reminds us that it is never too late to fall in love.This is an easy enjoyable read that reminds us that it is never too late to fall in love.Mary from Florida

    Many of us who read the author’s first book Love on the Misty Isles wanted to hear more about some of the characters from that book and the author did not disappoint. Rosemary Vaughn tied it all together from the past to the present in this new book. Plus, there were a lot of moments that reminded me of my childhood growing up in the 50s and 60s even though I am not Canadian. This is an easy enjoyable read that reminds us that it is never too late to fall in love.

  • A great true-to-life romance!A great true-to-life romance!Jill, Solivita Nana from the Canadian Maritimes

    The author weaves the story of Penny into the life of Crocus Plains in a wonderful way. I wanted to find out how it could be that many of the characters in Love on the Misty Isles were from the same small town but did not know each other. Rosemary Vaughn told a wonderful story with great characters. In the process of this enjoyable read, I learned some interesting facts about life on the border of Canada and the USA. A great true-to-life romance!

  • Wow Shirley!Wow Shirley!Cheryl, a prairie girl from Manitoba

    Wow Shirley! I just finished Penny for Your Thoughts and mine are: “so grateful for a wonderful trip down memory lane for me.” You captured growing up on the prairies for this Manitoba girl. I recognized everything and recalled every place.

  • I could write paragraphs about why I enjoyed Penny for Your ThoughtsI could write paragraphs about why I enjoyed Penny for Your ThoughtsMarilyn, a prairie girl herself from Manitoba

    Just finished reading Penny for Your Thoughts, Rosemary Vaughn’s prequel/sequel to Love on the Misty Isles. It is definitely a must read, didn’t want to put it down.  I loved the way the characters in the two novels are connected. I could write paragraphs about why I enjoyed Penny for Your Thoughts, but in doing so I would spoil the anticipation of what might happen next.  I do believe that Rosemary Vaughn has another winner. 

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