​Very excited about my 8th book finally making its way into the world! I hope you will enjoy the story of the real Maria von Trapp, whose life was the inspiration for The Sound of Music, as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it. This novel surprised me in so many ways, beginning with my discovery of how unhappy Maria was with the script for both the play and the movie. Her decision to contact Oscar Hammerstein, who wrote the lyrics for the musical, was the inspiration for the book. What an incredible night the premiere must have been, with Maria von Trapp in the audience and one very nervous Hammerstein!