Friday, June 26, 2015

"Fill Your Pages With The Breathings of Your Heart"

My blog title is a quote from William Wordsworth. I believe I have followed his suggestion with my new novel, SAFE HARBOR. Literary Reviewer, Brenda Scott believes so too, and has posted the following review at, and Goodreads:

"Mary Schoenecker's latest novel, Safe Harbor, is sensational. It is a breakaway from her MaineShore Chronicles trilogy and, some will say her best work to-date.Though Safe Harbor draws its characters from her cozy mystery series, this novel stands on its own merit. In fact, this reviewer would love to see Safe Harbor as the first in a new series by Schoenecker. The story is one of personal conflict and self-discovery, and features the lovable clairvoyant, Tante Margaret from the Chronicles trilogy.

The setting takes place in Biddeford Pool Maine where Tante Margaret is staying at her dear friend, Jacques's, seaside home while he is away for the weekend. Jacques has asked Margaret to keep an eye on his wife, Kathleen, who is an alcoholic and, as of late, seems to spend most of her waking hours in an inebriated state. During the short time Margaret is there, Kathleen goes missing. Tante Margaret grapples with her guilt for Kathleen's disappearance while attempting to sort out her heightened feelings for Jacques.

Schoenecker further draws the reader in with her well-rounded cast of secondary characters.The close bond between the four families is nothing short of magical as they come together in time of crisis, but, as strong as Schoenecker's character development is, it is her masterful descriptive prose that is her signature strength. Take, for example the following passage,"The red-haired willowy figure slowly fell to her knees, arms outstretched, her sobs and moans echoing. A ghostly specter loomed over the figure like a giant cat ready to pounce. The specter choked out the last rays of sunlight. Her image became smaller and smaller until nothing existed but sobs and moans." There are brilliantly descriptive scenes like this one throughout the entire novel, drawing the reader in to each scene.

Safe Harbor is Schoenecker's first self-published novel and was released in June 2015. It is available in paperback and ebook formats. You can purchaseSafe Harbor at  Create Space, and Barnes and Schoenecker's other novels include The Maine Shore Chronicles trilogy; Finding Fiona, Moonglade and Promise Keeper, as well as her Civil War epic, Four Summers Waiting. Visit Dr. Mary Fremont Schoenecker's author page at Amazon Author Central  and on Goodreads at "

Someone said "Your Backlist is the gift that keeps on giving."The Four books mentioned above published by Five Star, do indeed, keep  on giving,and my hope is that this self published book, Safe Harbor will also achieve continued success. It is a good summer read.


Jacqueline Seewald said...


What a phenomenal review! Congrats on both the editorial review and having the courage to self-publish your new work. Best wishes for your continued success as an author.

Susan Oleksiw said...

Congratulations, Mary. That's a terrific review. I hope it brings you many readers (and buyers).

Mary F. Schoenecker Writes said...

I was more than pleased and humbled by Brenda Scott's review. Many thanks for your good wishes. Good author friends are valued by me.

Mary F. Schoenecker Writes said...

Thanks, Susan. It definitely is a terrific review, and I've been riding high since it came to me. My hopes are high too, for good sales.

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