A Reluctant Daughter #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Excerpt #Inspiration

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

As usual, Eve was in no hurry to visit her mother. When she reached the park, she sat on the same bench she’d shared with her father the week before, feeling the warm breeze, drinking in the scent of flowers and the pine tree under which the bench was situated. She heard the sounds of children from the nearby playground and felt at peace.

Fifteen minutes later, she reluctantly pulled herself to her feet and continued her slow, plodding pace. Inside the nursing home, the odors of disinfectant, urine, and feces turned her stomach more than usual. She decided to visit her mother first, then begin her hopefully fruitless search for Adele.


Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring me to post the above excerpt from The Red Dress with her six-sentence prompt word for this week in which the given word is “tree.” By the way, if you want to know why Eve is reluctant to visit her mother in the nursing home and why she hopes not to find Adele and, for that matter, who Adele is, read the book. You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.


New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?