On Facebook lately, I’ve seen memes where we’re asked to describe ourselves with one word. If I could use one word to describe Kathleen Irene Paterka, it’s sparkling. But we all have sad times, and Kathleen, who was scheduled to be our guest blogger today, is going through one right now. She asked me to reschedule her later. I’d love to have her as a guest another time, but Dale Mayer suggested I do a spotlight on Kathleen, and I jumped on that idea.
I’ve been lucky to have met Kathleen in person, and she has a personality that draws people to her. She writes women’s fiction, and her newly released book, THE OTHER WIFE, is gathering great reviews.
Thinking of Kathleen’s books, I realized there’s another word that would describe her: brave. The topics she’s picked! FATTY PATTY is about a woman who lost a lot of weight, and now the perfect man has fallen in love with her. But guess what? He’s a chubby, and she has trouble accepting that. (There’s much more to it, but that’s the brave part. How many authors write about topics like that?)
HOME FIRES might be the closest to a traditional contemporary romance that Kathleen has written. The heroine, a corporate attorney, returns home to the James Bay resort community when her mother is going through a health crisis. On the way to the hospital, she meets a firefighter when her car crashes into his new truck. Again, there’s more to this book, including an arson investigation. As one Amazon reader said, “I laughed, I cried and I couldn’t put it down until the book was completed.”
My favorite book of hers is FOR I HAVE SINNED. It’s about a Catholic priest and former alcoholic who’s having doubts about his faith in the church. I’m not Catholic, but she did this perfectly and hit all the right notes for me. Father Greg was so real. Flawed yet a man of depth and substance. I would love to read a sequel.
Kathleen has published other books that readers love, too, including her newest, THE OTHER WIFE, which is another brave choice. Here’s more about it:
Eleanor Anderson has a beautiful home, a loving husband, a tranquil life. After thirty-eight years of marriage and her children now grown, she finally has time for herself. She’s not expecting any surprises; certainly not to wake up one morning and find her husband dead in bed beside her from a massive heart attack. It’s a devastating discovery… but not as much as the shock awaiting Eleanor when she learns the truth about her husband’s secret life. And then there’s the damaging document he signed before his death, which threatens to destroy her life.
Claire Anderson isn’t your average thirtysomething. A professor of psychology at a prestigious university, Claire has a successful career, a handsome husband, and two young children at home. But nothing in her background, including her academic accomplishments, prepares Claire for the horrendous reality of discovering that the life she’d led was all a lie… fostered by a husband who’d promised to love and cherish her forever.
Two women from two generations, bound together by denial, anger, and grief. How far will their misery and fear push them? Does compassion rule the day, or will a husband’s betrayal lead to a woman’s revenge?
What happens when each of these women comes face-to-face with the other wife?
Have you read any books lately that are brave?