When Dora Hoffman receives a gift certificate to the Old Town School of Folk Music for her birthday, she knows her family is sending her a message about what she's doing with her life. Still reeling from a great loss, Dora fills her time with too much recreational shopping and taking work home. As she contemplates signing up for a guitar class, her mysterious and handsome co-worker Sam Watts encourages her to go for it. And so it begins: the re-learning of lost skills; the adrenaline rush of performing; the joy of making music with a creative partner; and the longing for love. As their collaboration blossoms into the duet known as Sam and D. Lila, the two hone their musical skills at open mics in Chicago, including Handle-Bar Boogie, a raucous venue where anything goes. Yet they live a double life as they keep their partnership a secret at work where intimacy between staff members is forbidden. When a near tragedy strikes, they make a decision that deepens their commitment, yet begins to tear them apart. But Sam has one more secret that can save it all.
About the Author
Karen Stockwell is a Chicagoan who has adapted well to spending weekends in the picturesque and historical town of Galena, Illinois with her husband Clinton Stockwell. She is a curious and creative individual who has studied many of the arts, including music, and has performed in poetry and music open mics. Currently she sings in the choir at Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, but she hopes to play the guitar again one day. Her first novel Dreams of Darkness and Light was published in 2013. You can read more about Karen and find out where to purchase her books at www.karenstockwell.net.