EVERYTHING FAMILY &
"Mother of Family Ideas"
A Flowers of the Field
By Jeanette F. Chaplin
Cover design: Claudia Gathercole
Cover photography: Claudia Gathercole
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A Flowers of the Field Mystery
At the urging
of her estranged mother, who is a renowned journalist, twentysomething
Torrie Madison has agreed to interpret during a trip to France
for a photo shoot on the Rhine. Once there, Torrie discovers
that her mother is in search of an elusive family
inheritance. Unfortunately, other, more ruthless heirs, are also
after the fortune, and even Torrie’s resourcefulness may not be
enough to stop them.
unlock the secrets of the mysterious Sunflower Castle before she
experiences the horrors of its dungeon . . . ?
aspiring journalist and unwilling sleuth, accompanies her mother
to Europe to help her with a feature story on Rhine River
castles. To Torrie’s dismay, she discovers her mother is seeking
a family fortune and they become the target of menacing rival
heirs who have already murdered in an attempt to claim the
inheritance for themselves.
Behind the Story:
This is a
story that captivated me over 50 years ago when I first heard
the Burgett family lore:
three brothers in France. One earned a vast fortune, but the
other two wouldn’t have anything to do with it because of the
way it was earned . . .
Period. End of story. Speculation has run the gamut from piracy
to slave trading to common thievery, but no one in the family
could provide any concrete details. My burning desire since
childhood was to one day travel to Europe and get the story. Not
the fortune—I have too many cousins to share it with—I wanted
Since Burgett/Borghart genealogical
charts end in Holland in the 1600s, I turned my imagination
loose. Deciding that religious persecution would have been a
sufficient motivator to cause families to abandon homes and kindred at that
time, I pursued that theme in my research and plotting.
Due to its
similarity to the Burgett name, I arbitrarily chose Lake Bourget
in eastern France as the setting for Torrie’s newest adventure.
The region yielded more than I ever anticipated for the
historical backstory and Torrie’s quest for her family
inheritance: the Waldenses—precursors of the Reformation; the
Shroud of Turin; l’Abbaye Hautecombe, centuries-old burial place
of the Dukes of Savoy; and a museum with medieval murals
salvaged from a nearby château.
Jeanette F. Chaplin
Chaplin is an Iowa native living in Arizona, where she teaches
college composition courses and works with aspiring authors,
providing one-on-one assistance and workshops. She served for
two years as president of the West Valley Authors Association.
Chaplin earned a degree in composition at Texas A&M-Commerce,
and studied novel writing at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.
She is fluent in Spanish and travel-ready in French.
enjoys travel, outdoor activity, and visiting with her grown
daughters, Rachelle and Andrea, and their spouses.
novel, Chaplin traces her Burgett ancestors to France, imbuing
them with the ingenuity and courage needed to survive an
unstable medieval Europe.
Second in the
Flowers of the Field
You may have followed Torrie Madison as she came face to face
with the villains who tampered with the Fireweed plant on
Mount St. Helens, creating havoc and destruction. Now join
Torrie and her estranged mother as they encounter ruthless
heirs competing for an inheritance in France.
the first Mystery in this series by author, Jeanette F. Chaplin.
the third Mystery in this series by author, Jeanette F. Chaplin.