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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

An Unexpected Haven
by Annette Lyon

Annette has since put this post up on her own blog. You can read it here: Unexpected Haven by Annette Lyon.

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Annette Lyon is a historical novelist, freelance writer, and editor when she's not wearing her wife and mother hats. She received the 2007 Best of State medal for fiction in Utah and was a 2007 Whitney Award finalist. Annette blogs at The Lyon's Tale, where you can find two of my personal favorite installments: Word Nerd Wednesday and the serial column detailing Annette's writing journey.

If you like her blog, I know you'll love her books. I've read several of them since I met her, and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. Her latest published novel is Tower of Strength.

I honestly don't know how I managed NOT to ever meet her until just last month. It seems impossible since we know many of the same people (case in point: The girl named Keisha mentioned in the above post I knew as a music major at BYU and the boy named Kyle I dated while in high school), not to mention the fact that my husband, Joel, and Annette graduated from the same high school in the same year. Finally getting to meet her face to face only felt like catching up with a friend I've had forever.

Shortly after I discovered Annette's blog, I found myself sick in bed with some icky bug. I used the downtime to read every single thing Annette had ever posted and I had a wonderful time doing so. I hope you enjoy her blog as much as I do--she's brilliant.

19 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I just read two of Annette's books while I was on vacation and can't wait to go buy another.

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  2. I love Annette, and love her blog. :)

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  3. I just met Annette at Erin's blog lunch. She is great!! I REALLY need to read her books!!

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  4. I read Annette's blog and have been lucky to read a few of her books.

    This post is a great reminder of the impact one person can make. I think Annette for writing it and you for sharing.

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  5. I love Annette, and her books! She really is delightful in print, and in person.

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  6. Sometimes the people that touch our lives the most are the ones that don't mean to. Thanks for the post.

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  7. Gosh, you made me teary, Annette. I'm so glad Mrs. Peterson was there--and I agree, there are opportunities to be that person to someone else. I know I miss most of them. Beautifully said.

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  8. Haven't we all felt lonely like that at some point or another? Thank you for the great post Annette.

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  9. The CRAZY thing is that I knew Annette during that time and you would have never guessed that beneath her implacable and elegant demeanor lay an anxious girl.

    Those shy girls had me all fooled ;)

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  10. Junior High was the worst. I'm not sure I can find many good moments that came from Farrer. Maybe the time I talked a Samoan girl out of beating me up in the hallway? Nah.

    (Really nice to have met you in person Annette at our uber-exclusive blogger lunch) (joke)

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  11. What a poignant reminder of the power we have to make a difference in the lives of other. Thanks, Annette.

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  12. Great post Annette! Since my son is starting junior high tomorrow I am hoping and praying this transition goes well for him and that he will find his own haven in school like you did.

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  13. Beautiful post, Annette.

    Miss Russell was my Mrs. Peterson. I think she literally saved my life back in the day. I can't wait until God shows all of those who've been such a blessing in the lives of the friendless the magnitude of the gifts they've given.

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  14. Funny i never met her, although I was younger, and actually good friends with her sister Michelle. Anette -- perhaps you should've blogged about it was amazing the school didn't fall down while we were going there. :)
    Scary, there was nothing fair about it. ;)

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  15. I went to school with Annette and am feeling awful that I didn't say hi more-- I found JR High to be beyond pain too-- thank heavens for growing up. So big hello to Annette-- and Lara I am a HS friend of your husband Joel's, I had a crush on him, as you know he is a good man.

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  16. Beautiful post, Annette. What a wonderful thing to aim for, being a balm to someone else's soul. You've been one to many of us.

    Lara, I'm very glad to have found your blog. I'll be sure to stick around and learn more. =]

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  17. Good story, Annette. I wish I'd have been there that first semester back so you could have had a new old friend.

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  18. Azucar, You weren't there that year, silly goose. You were in two years behind me, back 6th grade in elementary school. (Not that I wasn't pretty much the same wreck in 9th grade high school, but I digress.)

    Leta, you actually made quite an impact on me our senior year in seminary when you sat behind me. I should tell you about it sometime.

    Hilary, I'll have to tell Michelle hi for ya. :)

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  19. Hello Annette, my very good friends the Larson's LOVE your folks, how neat we live in such a small world! Wonderful blog! You are a wonderful friend to my daughter!

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