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About the author:
Mary King (1956) was born in Jacksonville, Florida, the youngest of three children. She attended local public schools during the 60s and early 70s, and is a graduate of Jacksonville University (BS Psychology). She has an extensive background in music, having performed as a concert violinist and a church organist. At one time, she was a professional driver. She has worked in two physical rehabilitation settings, both of which contributed to her current writing career.
While working in rehab, she developed the first state licensed driving school for persons with spinal cord injury, limb amputation, and other profound physical disabilities.
Mary King married in 1983; her husband and she settled in Jacksonville until 1992, when they moved near Pensacola, Florida. She has five grown children, three of whom are diagnosed with intellectual and developmental delays.
Mary had an interest in writing at an early age, demonstrating a particular fondness and skill for English composition and health classes. By the time she was thirty, work and raising a family occupied center stage. It wasn't until a year after her husband's sudden death that she began to write. She found it to be good therapy to alleviate grief and depression. "I'd been building the story scenes for years, even before I knew what physiotherapy was. When I began writing on that summer day in 1997, I filled five spiral notebooks within two weeks." She wrote and self published a few books, but the first drafts, she claims, were too sappy and too wordy.
To gain a better understanding of how she should develop her main characters, Mary became a full-time caregiver for two friends-both quadriplegic-one with a spinal cord injury and the other with spinal muscular atrophy. As a result of hands-on care giving and endless hours of research, her manuscripts evolved into The McFadden Series she continues to write today.
Through the years, Mary has continued her love of classical and classic rock music. Other hobbies include reading, medical research, cooking and gardening. She loves reality television shows, particularly medical programs.
Mary King's novels have a genuine authenticity readers recognize. The majority of her work focuses on teenagers with disabilities, homeless young adults, adopting older children-primarily victims of abuse and domestic violence-and physical rehabilitation.
Book #3 in The McFadden Series
Mary L. King
Dr. Lauren McFadden and her husband Bryan welcome architect John Reynolds to view their finished estate home in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts.
Newest resident Terry Evans is grieving the loss of both arms and refuses contact with anyone outside the home. Cameron Jones, also new to the estate, fits right in as the youngest teenager in the family.
Jeff Gaithers arrives to work as Bryan's assistant for the semester. The Rollins University junior manages to turn everyone against him in just one week. College men Buddy and Noah try to keep peace among all the boys, but engage in their own private battle over Noah's school friend. As if life at home wasn't already complicated enough for the adoptive parents, three new girlfriends add more drama to the teen scene.
David still has hope for finding his missing horse; meanwhile, he helps Bryan select horses to fill the new barn. Devon is on a mission to win a national academic competition that will pay off big for college. Adam faces new anxieties with his medical conditions. Spring arrives, bringing a festival at Father Cody's church. Lauren steps out of her comfort zone to enter a dance contest with Bryan to benefit the high school.
Bryan reminds Dr. McFadden big changes are in store now that the older boys are dating and learning to drive. Moving ahead sounds exciting, but for the young men who sustained devastating losses, the toughest challenges are only just beginning.
- Publication Date:
- 1500219312 / 9781500219314
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / General