The Franklin Manor Novellas


Drawings by Walle Conoly.

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 renovates 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 eighty-five-year-old caretaker cat. Click here to be notified when it is available.

Four more volumes are in process. 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) and early winter (Advent).

To buy A Franklin Manor Christmas click here,

Signed copies of A Franklin Manor Christmas and of the cd are available from Historic Saranac Lake at