Kathleen McCleary is a reporter and writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, More, and Health, and on HGTV.com. She lives in northern Virginia.
Kathleen’s novel, House and Home, is the story of a woman who loves her house so much, she’ll do just about anything to keep it.
Here’s a summary of House and Home: Ellen Flanagan has two precious girls to raise, a cozy neighborhood coffee shop to run, terrific friends, and a sexy husband. She adores her house, a yellow Cape Cod filled with quirky antiques, beloved nooks and dents, and a million memories. But now, at forty-four, she’s about to lose it all.
After eighteen roller-coaster years of marriage, Ellen’s husband, Sam–who’s charismatic, spontaneous, and utterly irresponsible–has disappointed her in more ways than she can live with, and they’re getting divorced. Her daughters are miserable about losing their daddy. Worst of all, the house that Ellen loves with all her heart must now be sold.
Ellen’s life is further complicated by a lovely and unexpected relationship with the husband of the shrewish, social-climbing woman who has purchased the house. Add to that the confusion over how she really feels about her almost-ex-husband, and you have the makings of a delicious novel about what matters most in the end . . .
Set in the gorgeous surroundings of Portland, Oregon, Kathleen McCleary’s funny, poignant, curl-up-and-read debut strikes a deep emotional chord and explores the very notion of what makes a house a home.
You can read more about House and Home HERE and can visit Kathleen McCleary’s website HERE.
Kathleen McCleary’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Wednesday, September 3rd: Hooked on Houses
Friday, September 5th: It’s All About Books
Monday, September 8th: The Literate Housewife
Wednesday, September 10th: Books and Cooks
Friday, September 12th: Breaking the Spine
Monday, September 15th: She Is Too Fond Of Books
Wednesday, September 17th: Caribou’s Mom
Thursday, September 18th: Age 30 – A Year of Books
Monday, September 22nd: Booking Mama
Tuesday, September 23rd: The Cottage Nest
Wednesday, September 24th: The Inside Cover
Friday, September 26th: In the Shadow of Mt. TBR
Monday, September 29th: Displaced Beach Bums
Tuesday, September 30th: Book club discussion of House and Home at The Inside Cover
Kathryn Maughan grew up in Roy, Utah and moved to New York City in 1993. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and then moved to Costa Rica for 18 months. Upon her return to New York, she enrolled in Columbia University, where she majored in literature and fiction writing. Later she enrolled in New York University/Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing program, from which she got her Masters of Fine Arts in 2005.
Kathryn’s novel, Did I Expect Angels? was loosely inspired by a September 11 story. Kathryn lived in New York when it happened and was deeply affected, like everybody, by the tragedy and it’s aftermath.
Here is a summary of Did I Expect Angels?: Jennifer Huffaker knows that grief is normal, but she thought she’d get over it—that’s what people do. But it’s been eighteen months since her husband Jack died, and she still can’t focus on her young daughter Kaitlin, can’t accept support from her family, and can’t allow herself to live without the love of her life. Jennifer is angry at everything and everyone—including herself for being so unprepared. But what did she expect? Angels?
On the day after Christmas her anguish finally becomes too much, and Jennifer’s pain culminates in a shattering decision. But this is also the night she runs into Henry, an elderly friend from Costa Rica who has seen more of life’s trials than anyone could know. Henry realizes the devastating depths to which Jennifer has sunk, and he decides that tonight is the night to tell her his story. Touching and incisive, poignant, and sometimes bitingly funny, both Jennifer’s and Henry’s stories intermingle into a tale of love, despair, faith and, ultimately, hope, as Jennifer realizes she has been blessed with the most unexpected angel of all …
Visit Kathryn Maughan’s website HERE
Read an excerpt of Did I Expect Angels? HERE
Kathryn Maughan’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, September 2nd: Booking Mama
Friday, September 5th: The Friendly Book Nook
Tuesday, September 9th: Book Club Classics!
Thursday, September 11th: Mabel’s House
Friday, September 12th: A Patchwork of Books
Tuesday, September 16th: Bookfoolery and Babble
Friday, September 19th: dontcallmebecky
Thursday, September 25th: B&b ex libris
Friday, September 26th: MollyCoddle
Saturday, September 27th: Catholic Bibliophagist
Monday, September 29th: Blue Yonder
Tuesday, September 30th: Boston Bibliophile
Date to be determined: Bobbi’s Book Nook