Category Archives: Literary

SEASONS OF DOUBT: historical novel to release spring 2018

In 1873, Mary Harrington’s husband leaves her and their five-year-old son on a homestead in remote Nebraska. Three months later, he still has not returned. Mary does not know if he is dead or alive. Mary and her son have run out of food and fuel to heat their sod house.

Mary is a small, uncertain woman. She fears she does not have what it takes to take care of them. But their lives are at a mortal crossroad; if they wait, they will soon starve or freeze to death. They must leave. Their survival is up to her, but how?

When Patty Went Away

When Patty Went Away

What event could turn a quiet man from one who has always followed and gone along, to one who takes a stand against his community?

In 1976, in a remote farming corner of Oregon, rebellious fifteen-year-old Patty vanishes. Blamed for awful trouble, the community, everyone but farmer Jack McIntyre and his daughter, bid her good riddance. Even Jack’s wife dusts her hands of the girl.

As wild as she turned, Patty had once been close to Jack’s family and was his daughter’s only friend. Jack cannot help but care what happened to her. His feelings for the girl force him to make the most difficult decision of his life: to find the courage to search for her. The journey he takes will change him, and everyone he loves, profoundly.

A Minor Literary Masterpiece A deftly written novel showcasing the quiet struggle of a farmer and his family within the framework of a deftly written mystery. A minor literary masterpiece, author Jeannie Burt is a remarkably gifted writer and When Patty Went Away is highly recommended for personal summer fun reading lists.”

The Midwest Book Review



In her moody debut, Alber skillfully uses many shades of gray to draw complex characters who discover how cruel love can be.  —Kirkus Reviews

Californian Merrit Chase doesn’t know what she’s in for when she travels to an Irish village famous for its matchmaking festival. She simply wants to meet her father, a celebrated matchmaker, in hopes that she can mend her troubled past. Instead, her arrival triggers a rising tide of violence, and Merrit finds herself both suspect and victim, accomplice and pawn, in a manipulative game that began thirty years previously.

When she discovers that the matchmaker’s treacherous past is at the heart of the chaos, she must decide how far she will go to save him from himself and to get what she wants, a family.

Lisa Alber evokes a world in which ancient tradition collides with modern village life and ageless motivators such as greed and love still wield their power. Kilmoon captures the moodiness of the Irish landscape in a brooding mystery that explores family secrets, betrayal, vengeance, and murder.

“Brooding, gothic overtones haunt Lisa Alber’s polished, atmospheric debut. Romance, mysticism, and the verdant Irish countryside all contribute to making KILMOON a marvelous, suspenseful read.”
–Julia Spencer-Fleming,
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Through the Evil Days

“This first in Alber’s new County Clare Mystery series is utterly poetic … The author’s prose and lush descriptions of the Irish countryside nicely complement this dark, broody and very intricate mystery.”
–RT Book Reviews (four stars)

“Newcomer Lisa Alber’s stirring debut Kilmoon … exudes Irish countryside atmosphere. The murder plot is solved neatly and the door is open for Merrit’s further adventures.”
–Library Journal