BETSY'S FORGOTTEN HER WAY HOME.
When her mother is dying, Betsy Kramer makes the uncharacteristic decision to return to her home at Windy Hill to work on her tattered relationships and spend time gathering driftwood with her mother Margaret. Before she dies, Margaret admits to Betsy that she knows about the treehouse, but she doesn't reveal anything about who Betsy's father is. At her mother's funeral, Tom, the only man Betsy ever loved, returns and reminds her that daffodils were once her favorite flower, but she avoids him. Lingering at Windy Hill, Betsy finds letters from her estranged father hidden in a hatbox and realizes the enormity of the lie perpetrated by her mother. Her mother could have saved her from sexual harassment, from being fatherless, and from making the worst choice of her life, if she'd not kept secrets. As Betsy and Tom start spending time together, picking peaches and antiquing, Betsy faces her biggest demon, and even the fireflies hovering over the Magical Pond can't help her. With vivid imagery and deep feeling, Daffodils and Fireflies chronicles one woman's journey home again.
"'Daffodils and Fireflies' is written with style, power and grace...An emotional voyage that hurts and enlightens."-Les Roberts, author of the "Milan Jacovich Mysteries."
"...a thoughtful and moving novel...vivid detail and emotional depth..."-Trudy Brandenburg, author of the "Emma Haines Kayak Mystery Series."
"Claudia is a superb writer with an authentic voice..."-Betsy Muller, Artist's Way study group leader, author of "Energy Makeover."
"Compelling characters drive this well-written novel. Clever. Vivid. Claudia pulls you right into the story." -Christine Benedict, author of the mystery thriller "Anonymous."
"...tragedies as well as the triumphs. You'll be moved by this touching book of women's fiction."-Deanna Adams, author of "Peggy Sue Got Pregnant."