Named a quarter-finalist in The Booklife Prize 2017 Contest with an 8 out of 10 score! 

…This satisfying novel has a traditional romance plot, but infuses it with a depth and introspection that keeps the story fresh. No space is wasted on tangents, and the plot comes to a gratifying climax.

TPageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00025]he Art of Healing, my debut novel, is a Women’s Fiction/Love Story based primarily in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Many of the settings are iconic locations, well-known by locals. The cover art is an actual sunrise photo of the Clark Bridge, which is a cable-stayed bridge across the Mississippi River between West Alton, Missouri and Alton, Illinois. Named after explorer William Clark like the bridge it replaced, the cable-stayed bridge opened in 1994. The photo is an original by Garry McMichael – to see more of his work, check out his website at

Julianne Garvoli is content with her life as a pediatric nurse at a major metropolitan hospital. She is following her every dream, or so she believes. After her idyllic world is shattered, she must reconcile her lost past to rediscover her deepest passion.

Jokob O’Callaghan, a world-renowned photographer, lives a life most could only imagine with his life-love, Keara—until cancer delivers a direct and devastating slam. He walls himself off, focusing solely on his art.

When one of Jokob’s photos brings them together, even love may not be enough to keep them that way. Tragic circumstances and long silent dreams work to sever their bond. Can they each find a way to heal, love, and follow dreams together?

The Art of Healing: A Novel

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