Abigail, a Harvard graduate student, sets out from Concord to do historical research in Natick. After a car accident she finds herself, not sixteen miles from home, but three hundred and sixty-six years in the past. Stunned both in body and mind by her strange circumstances, she makes her way to Colonial Concord where widowed Hannah invites her to stay. Assuming that it is not all a nightmare and that she is in the seventeenth century only temporarily, Abigail eagerly observes the daily life around her, as if she were on a field trip gathering notes for her history thesis. Soon however, she changes from being the objective observer to accepting the friendship of the ailing Hannah and the love of half-Indian Paul. Abigail's tall, lanky body and outspoken personality are in conflict with the accepted norm for Puritan women and she worries about survival in these dangerous times. Why was she brought back to the very period that she has been studying? Does she have a mission in the seventeenth century? Can she and Paul build a fulfilling life together without running afoul of local politics and scheming relatives?


Abigail's Legacy is a compelling tale of life in Puritan New England. Abigail Walker disappears amid accusations of witchcraft, but she leaves her lover Paul and young friend Bess a legacy of independence from the Puritan constrictions of seventeenth-century Concord. In concurrent stories, connected by Abigail's enduring inspiration, Bess becomes a gifted healer, while Paul seeks a life that will balance his English and Indian heritage.

Anne will be here Saturday, October 10 between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to meet customers and talk about her books.


Charlotte likes quiet. But wherever Charlotte goes, she is surrounded by noise, noise, noise her yipping dog, Otto; the squeaky, creaky swings; the warbling, wailing sirens. Even in the library, children yammer and yell. Where can Charlotte find a quiet place? Sara Woolley's magnificent watercolors bring Charlotte's city to life when Otto leads her on a wild chase through the park. There, Charlotte discovers a quiet place where she never would have imagined.

Sometimes children need a break from our noisy, overstimulating world. Charlotte and the Quiet Place shows how a child learns and practices mindful breathing on her own and experiences the beauty of silence. All children can relate to the unfolding adventure and message of self-discovery and empowerment. Parents, teachers, and caretakers of highly active or sensitive children will find this story especially useful.

“Parents and children who read this beautiful gem of a book will get a glimpse into the possibility of inner quiet and peace. Our world so needs this! Please gift this to your circle of dear ones and beyond.” —Tara Brach, PhD, Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“Wholesome enjoyment for kids and adults alike. Deborah Sosin's message that wherever we live we can find quiet inside will surely benefit many young people. As a native New Yorker, I especially enjoyed Sara Woolley's illustrations of Prospect Park, which help Charlotte and the Quiet Place come alive.” —Sharon Salzberg, Co-Founder of the Insight Meditation Society, Real Happiness and Lovingkindness

“With elegant prose and rich illustrations, this book gently opens the door for children to discover inner peace and a quiet mind. What better way to prepare children for our busy world? Parents and children will want to read it together again and again, and breathe.” —Christopher Germer, PhD, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

“As a mother, I enjoy reading this book aloud to my two young daughters, who request it again and again. As a mindfulness practitioner and clinical social worker, I love the empowering message inherent in Charlotte's experience. This beautifully illustrated story will be invaluable as I try to teach my girls how to find their own quiet place inside.” —Carla Naumburg, PhD, LICSW, Parenting in the Present Moment and Ready, Set, Breathe

Charlotte just earned a Bronze Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA).

Deborah will be here on Wednesday, October 14 between 7:00 and 8:00 PM for a reading, discussion, and signing, plus fun mindfulness activities for the whole family!

By Deborah Sosin, Sara Woolley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781941529027
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Parallax Press - July 21st, 2015