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March 15, 2014

Cronk presents program March 25

MIDDLETOWN — Pendleton resident and veteran New Castle Courier-Times Neighbors Editor Donna Cronk will present a free public program, followed by a book signing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 at the Middletown Public Library.

The program is on her debut novel, "Sweetland of Liberty Bed & Breakfast." The book will be available that night for $13.

The book, a work of Christian women’s fiction, is a story of a still-grieving widow whose kids have moved away and she suddenly loses her cherished job. She decides to return to her small Indiana town and open a bed and breakfast. Thinking the welcome mat will roll out, she is surprised to find that not everyone is happy to see her. The plot unfolds, testing both her grit and her faith. She has to learn that faith means trusting God even if things don’t work out like you hope. The book also deals with themes of forgiveness and there are some plot twists along the way. Readers also go along with the lead character as she decorates the inn and cooks up a storm. Recipes appear at the end of the book along with some comforting scriptures.

Cronk will discuss how she came to write and publish the book and answer questions. She writes features and columns for The Courier-Times as well as serves as founding editor of the newspaper’s quarterly "Her Magazine for Women." She has been with the paper for nearly 25 years.

Married to career educator Brian Cronk, they are parents of two grown sons, Sam (wife, Allison) and Ben.

-- For The Herald Bulletin

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