Volume 1. A Franklin Manor Christmas
When Volume 1. A Franklin Manor Christmas, was serialized online by North Country Public Radio, here’s what some readers said.
“A totally shameless tearjerker, a gem of the Christmas genre”
Dale Hobson, poet—The Water I Carry.
“This is very, very good. It would be a great Hallmark film.”
James Moore, co-author of Bush’s Brain and The Architect.
“Preachers will find a wealth of sermon material at Franklin Manor.”
Rev. Dr. Dean Foose, Princeton Theological Seminary (ret)
The Franklin Manor novellas follow erstwhile professor Butch Regent through a year of learning to cope with soul-threatening trials as he tries to renovate the down-at-the-heels former monastery/tuberculosis sanatorium in the Adirondacks where he lives. Through the good offices of beneficent spirits and resident angels, he learns—over and over—hope, trust, and love.
Each novella has a liturgical season as its setting and theme.
Volume 2. A Franklin Manor Epiphany
In Volume 2, Professor Regent is saved from despair by learning how to see—in particular, an 85-year-old caretaker cat. Click here to be notified when it is available.
Four more volumes will appear annually. Spring (Easter) will feature a romance between two octogenarian characters from the first two stories. In summer (Ordinary Time) Fresh Air Fund kids will come up from New York City, put on a play, find a secret room, and have a fine adventure. The final two volumes are set in autumn (All Souls/Halloween) and early winter (Advent).