In the Garden of Aeden
Father Christopher (Chris) Tosi, a handsome young cleric is assigned to St. Aeden Church under the tutelage of long time pastor Father Bernard (Bernie) Monahan. The wise and witty older priest credits an increase in parish membership to the creation of Father Chris's meditation garden, which has earned critical acclaim throughout the town of Wexford Falls, Connecticut, conferring near celebrity status on Father Chris. Over the past few years the two priests have become fast friends, playing off of each other's differences, but that is about to change.
For the past ten years at Christmas time Father Chris has been plagued by recurring nightmares of a tragic accident he believes he could have prevented. His peace of mind is further eroded when two invaders appear in his prayer garden. Aleks Powers Whitford, a spurned girl friend of Father Tosi's, dredges up frightening allegations from his high school days. And Glory Sterling, a wealthy teen-aged vixen, begins her plan to win his affection after spotting his photo in the newspaper. Her antics continue, jeopardizing Father's Tosi's reputation and threatening Father Bernie's health and well-being.
This novel features a cast of Wexford Falls area characters, drawn into the lives of Fathers Chris and Bernie at St. Aeden's, where loyalties are tested in the face of betrayals, and the very stability of the family is shaken. "Garden" is abound with the consequences of lies and misconceptions and crises fueled by guilt. The value of true friendship is put to the test in this town where everyone thinks they really know one another, and where a well-intentioned priest in the twenty-first century can be maligned by just the hint of an accusation.
Tales from Wexford Falls
"Tales from Wexford Falls" is a collection of nine short stories featuring characters and familiar locales from Pilotte's novel "In the Garden of Aeden". Some stories can stand on their own, whereas others function as a sequel. Father Chris Tosi from "Garden" appears in some of the stories to offer wise counsel to those in distress, and his buddy Sergeant Smith (Smitty) is called upon when an officer of the law is needed.
The status quo is shaken as characters encounter life-altering experiences in this charming, typical New England town. Themes revolve around hopes and dreams, betrayals and disappointments.
Share Aggie O'Toole's journey as she copes with lost love and holds onto a secret that threatens to devastate her boss, Doug Sterling. In the final story, she joins him in making a monumental decision.
Root for Ruthie Symond as she engages in a plan to rid herself of a unsavory former boyfriend and restore her imprisoned fiancé's reputation. Get acquainted with inn-keeper Clover Hollis as she finds herself with a grieving guest placed in an uncomfortable situation.
In this collection of short stories, the restorative power and catalytic role of art, poetry and nature provide distraction and comfort as hidden truths become known and characters remove blinders to the truth so as to embark on a new path in life.
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For ten long years Jodie Breault has been hounded by the mystery surrounding her mother’s drowning and her father’s disappearance in a boating accident on Lake Champlain, VT.
A senior at a Connecticut high school, Jodie resides with her parents’ friends, a foreign-born couple that harbors many secrets. That year she falls in love with a classmate,
C. Travis Jones, AKA Jonesy, but they are separated when he goes off to college in California and remains there. Meanwhile she seeks answers from a medium and finds solace in reading a novel her mother has written. Armed with lessons from her father’s Abenaki culture, she spots foreshadowing of events in her mother’s novel and begins to suspect foul play in the so-called ‘accident’. Over time she settles for a humdrum life as the wife of an auto mechanic--that is--until Jonesy reappears.
As the tenth anniversary of the tragedy nears, Jodie experiences a number of startling revelations. She learns she has a younger half sister who provides many of the answers Jodie has sought. But this comes with unexpected twists of fate--suspense, betrayals and death--forcing Jodie to make soul-wrenching decisions.