Patricia Lengi’s New Book Reveals Poignant Tale of Goals and Identity

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“And the Blackbirds Sang” is a young woman’s perplexing search for her true self

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Patricia J. Lengi, author of Owls in the Pine and Barn Mouse, pens a binding story of ambitions, family relationships, and [love and romance. Filled with unpredictable twists, the author’s new book titled And the Blackbirds Sang revolves in a lass’ confusion of her identity as she is caught in a tight spot between her family and her dreams.

Young Jillian Jones is an aspiring painter and the representative distance runner of Bennington High. With David, her only friend who doesn’t treat her like the stuck-up rich kid in the neighborhood, she spends most of her time moving swiftly on foot preparing for upcoming races. Uphill, their favorite running path, she meets Kate Sheldon, her childhood friend’s mother, to whom she feels inexplicably comfortable with.

On the other hand, Mrs. Jones, her mother, is not supportive of her daughter’s achievements in sports, nor does she appreciate her gift in the painting. Belonging to the upper-class in town, she wants Jill prim and proper. After all, she was raised to act like a real lady should: with admirable poise and etiquette. As far as she is concerned, she showered her with all things money could buy. But, unlike young women who like fancy dresses and look forward to debuts, her daughter is just different.

Jill decides to attend a prestigious art academy for college which disappoints her mother. Add that to the fact that she is going out with David, a mere famer’s son, Mrs. Jones protests but could hardly do anything with any of her decisions. Her mother plans to move to another state which forces Jill to pack her things and run away. Not long after, she finds out David is seeing somebody else in her absence. On top of that, she is notified that Mrs. Sheldon is on her deathbed with terminal cancer and her final request is to see her before she breathes her last. But, why her?

What will Jill find out which may blow her hopes and her identity apart completely? A book of last-minute revelations, this is an astonishing novel that will hook fiction enthusiasts to its very last pages.

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About the Author
Patricia Stalder Lengi was born in Omak, Washington and grew up in Pine Creek, Washington, a community of farmers and ranchers in the foothills outside of Tonasket, Washington, 30 miles from the Canadian border. She attended a one-room schoolhouse throughout grade school. For most of that time, her mother was the teacher. She was the class valedictorian of her high school. She graduated from Washington State University with highest honors. She joined CIA and served overseas in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and Egypt. She also lived two years in Germany with her husband before settling down in Virginia.

And the Blackbirds Sang * by Patricia J. Lengi
Publication Date: February 13, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 135 pages; 978-1-4797-8740-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 135 pages; 978-1-4797-8741-8
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-8742-5

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