By Mary Lockey
Emily Jane Putnam, aka Putty, an orphan, lives a peaceful life in a group home in the small village of Garlandâ€™s Ford in the southern mountains of North Carolina. Though she has intellectual and emotional challenges, Putty possesses a keen eye and open heart when it comes to life and love.
Just ask Maggie Stephens, the new rector at St. Francis Episcopal Church. Maggie accepts her first call to a church after being honest with the search committee about her sexuality. While she finds a welcoming parish, she also finds love, thanks to Putty. Though Maggie is the cleric, Puttyâ€™s purity of heart and her simple understanding of Godâ€™s love teach Maggie as much as anything she studied in seminary.
Or ask Anne Calvert, Puttyâ€™s elegant neighbor and benefactor. Anne has been widowed for over twenty years. Is her heart ready to love again? Putty says yes! Putty helps revive Anneâ€™s activist spirit with the town council of Garlandâ€™s Ford threaten to close the group home.
Ask Sophie, Anneâ€™s spitfire of a sister, about Puttyâ€™s ability to understand life and love. In an effort to help keep the group home open for Putty Sophie lands herself in a bit of hot water when she sells ads to go in the church bulletin. It is Sophie who meets Putty after each monthly fire drill in the group home – holding Putty and comforting her through the terror and torment that the fire drill causes. But even Sophie cannot unlock the secret to Puttyâ€™s extreme reaction.
Finally, ask ER, Maggieâ€™s Golden Retriever. Lovable ER (short for Eleanor Roosevelt) becomes Puttyâ€™s best friend and is with Putty on the day Maggie is brutally attacked. ER is also with Putty at the fire drill when Putty remembers the â€œfire nightâ€ and the threat to â€œtell no other personâ€ what happened. So Putty tells ER.
Once you meet Putty and her friends, you will want to move to Garlandâ€™s Ford. And you will be welcome and made to feel right at home!
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