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  • 270 pages
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  • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
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Adoption, Art, Benefactor, Elder abuse, Estrangement and reunion, Florida, Insurance investigation

The Pelican Motel
by Penny Gumbert

Four hurricanes have swept through Florida with devastating effect. Reconstruction isn't so simple when insurance companies and homeowners disagree about liability and time lines. Workers from out-of-state add to the confusion as do the politicians' sweeping statements. Most of the action of the novel takes place at the Pelican Motel where a disparate group of people have gathered. Will they get a second chance at a happy ending? Will the wealthy matron in the northeast who has links with this motel survive her stalker? And what is her secret?

The collection of short stories continues the theme of 'second chances'. Will the wedding at the lake mend the past?

Was the one-night stand worth it?

Was the drowning an accident or a wrong righted?

What would you do if you had a second chance?

Everybody deserves a second chance...don't they?

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Penny Gumbert pursued her desire to write after retiring from teaching. Her essays and articles have been published in Canada’s national newspaper The Globe & Mail as well as in The Hamilton Spectator, North Country Business and the Port Dover Maple Leaf. Her love of nature and cottage life are shown by her published works in Muskoka Magazine, The Country Connection, Cottage Life Magazine, Vitality, Cottage Times and The Muskokan.

Her awards include being published in The Grist Mill Volume 12 after competing in the John Spencer Hill Competition, a prize in the Agnes Jamieson Gallery contest, winning the Standamar Publishing Award for best fiction during the 2002 Hamilton & Region Arts Council Literary Competition. She earned a place in Winners Circle 10 International Short Story Contest, the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Literary Competition, Canadian Authors’ Association 2001 short story contest and Muskoka Magazine’s 2004 short story contest. A children’s story earned her first prize in the Muskoka Storytelling Contest 2003. She has taken part in Local Literary Lapses at the Leacock Festival, and appeared in Rise up Singing, an Anthology of Women’s Poetry and Prose.


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