Gables of Legacy,
Volume I: The Guardian
Featured song: “Alive and
Kicking” by Simple Minds
When I finished the story of the Hamilton family
several books before this, I really believed it was done for good. I had no
inclination whatsoever that this story would move into the next generation. When
I got the idea of making Jess Michael Hamilton the fourth the hero of his own
story, I thought it would be one book, and I was going to call it “Gables of
Legacy.” As I started writing, it quickly grew in my mind and I knew it needed
to be a series. I’m not the kind of writer to do outlines, but I did stop at
this point to calculate where the story could be divided into parts that would
make adequate books with solid beginnings and endings, but take the story on.
“The Guardian” became volume one, and by the way, I love this title! It’s a
great title, but I mostly love it because the guardian we’re talking about is
Alexandra Byrnehouse-Davies from “The Gable Faces East.” In this story, Tamra
feels drawn into the Hamilton family by someone from the other side of the veil.
She later realizes that Alexa had guided her to the family home just in time to
save Jess from taking his own life.
One of the things I loved about this
book was seeing the Hamilton family, the station, the history shown in previous
books, all through the eyes of a new character. It’s easy to fall in love with
Michael and Emily all over again as you see them from this new
I have a little motto that I always guarantee a happy
ending, but I can’t make any promises regarding the beginning of the next
volume. I believe that this is a lot like life and it portrays a more realistic
sense of life than most romantic fiction. Problems are a part of life, and they
continue to come up. Here we see Michael and Emily facing new challenges as the
parents of adult children, but their experiences of the past give them a great
deal of wisdom and compassion. I’ve learned a great deal from them, myself.