Debut Novel Uses Scotland as Backdrop for Sweeping Romance

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Book pays homage to rich legacy of Irish storytelling in author's family

The summer of 2008 changed Edwina Emily Blair's life completely. A small town librarian, she loved her predictable lifestyle. But her European-born stepsister Cecelia had other plans. As the two of them were about to board a plane for Scotland, Cecelia was suddenly called away to Italy. Edwina found herself alone in Edinburgh, tired, hungry, and very late. When the hotel clerk told her that she no longer had a room, she fainted--right into the arms of a tall Scot standing behind her. Anxious to meet his fiancé, Alex Dunnegin whisked Edwina off to his castle and that's when the trouble began. The handsome laird soon became the hero for the novel Edwina was writing, but she would find out that the stubborn Scot did not always play the part she wrote for him.

In Patty Ann Strefling's first published book, Edwina (paperback, 978-1-60477-871-1), the author says she hopes "readers will understand that others see us differently than we see ourselves and because they do, we find our place in this world. For those who doubt their value, read Edwina."

Strefling's grandmother, a southern farmer's wife, became the spark of light in her simple, quiet existence when she told her stories. As a child, the author listened to stories about her grandmother's life that would stay with her. With her penchant for Irish stories, she began what was to become Strefling's own desire--to tell stories--and left behind a rich legacy of storytelling that Edwina seeks to continue.

Xulon Press (, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 5,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Edwina through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Salem Communications is the country's leading Christian communications company with interests in radio, Internet, and magazine publishing.

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