Betsy’s life is one crisis after another. She never wondered, or cared, who her birth parents were until her friend Bett confesses, “I have a child.” Bett and Betsy’s adoptive mother, Harriett, have been best friends since college. Could there be a connection?
Betsy resents that Bett secretly set her up with over-the-top handsome Noel with Crayon blue eyes, tons of dough and a quirky psychological problem. But, when her kitchen blows up, he saves her life – over the phone!
When daughter Brie shows up pregnant and abandoned by her husband, like Betsy’s husband, The Jerk, abandoned her when she was pregnant with Brie, Betsy takes charge. Noel could help, but will he? And, how does his old friend Muriel fit into the equation?
Will Betsy’s messy life ever get straightened out? How can she help Brie restore her marriage, as well as nurse Noel back to health from the flu with her leg in a cast, the leg she broke visiting him during one of his marathon hospital stays?
Will Noel turn out to be the hero Bett claims him to be and the lover Betsy hopes him to be? Or, will Noel disappoint her and become another butterfly dream?
Bonnie Engstrom loves to write and she loves food, especially sushi and salad. She used to love to cook, but since her husband partially retired he took over as resident chef. Many of her stories are centered around food, two around Swedish food reflecting the couple’s heritage. She grew up in Pittsburgh, he in Chicago, and they met in Washington, D.C when they attended George Washington University. They raised their children in Southern California (that is a separate state from Northern California, or should be!), so several of her stories are set in Newport Beach where she wrote the education column for two local newspapers, and where she was a PTA advocate for education, for over thirty years. Education is her passion, and she now volunteers in her grandchildren’s classrooms.
She lives in Arizona with her psychologist husband Dave of fifty years, is the mother of three grown children and the proud grandmother of six grandchildren (the explosion of a decade!), four of whom live in Scottsdale and two in Costa Rica on the beach! Pura Vida! Surf’s up!
The couple’s eldest son is a IT expert who taught his mother everything she knows about computer literacy. Unfortunately, he and his wife live in Maryland, too far to fly home for a weekend to help Mom as he used to when she lived in California and he in Arizona. One of her dreams is to take the Arizona grands to Costa Rica where their uncle and cousins can teach them to surf. Their mother is the director of a Christian preschool/Kindergarten in Scottsdale which all four Arizona kids attended.
Almost all of her stories are set in Arizona and in California where she used to live. One is set partly in Sweden in the cities and towns where her husband’s and her ancestors lived.
She loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted at her website at www.bonnieengstrom.com. Feel free to write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org, and be sure to put Butterfly Dreams in the subject since it will go to junk mail until you are put on her safe list.
Butterfly Dreams is available on Amazon, and in a few weeks will be in print.