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Accolades for Donna Walsh Inglehart's new novel, Grindstone:

"Leaving Ireland in the devastating aftermath of the Famine, Anya MacGregor finds refuge in an island realm far from the violence of Civil War, only to discover that she cannot escape its dark undercurrents. For Jonathan Douglas, a Confederate spy, the islands provide temporary sanctuary but soon become as dangerous as the battle front.  Irresistibly drawn to each other, they are pulled into a web of espionage that threatens to destroy them both."

Inglehart taught English at NMH for a number of years and is now the head of the English Department at Hebron Academy in Maine.  Grindstone is available at  I can't forget the characters, particularly Anya, who makes me imagine the difficult life of my Irish immigrant great-grandmother, and I learned about the effect of the Civil War far from the battlefields.  This novel is a good summer read!

-Sandy Messer