Singing Her Alive is a love story set in two time periods, presented as a fictional
memoir. The primary story begins in the late 1800s when fate throws two young women
together as roommates - in a shared bed - at a textile mill boarding house where they
have gone to work, far from home and family. Two generations later their secret story
comes to light when a granddaughter, narrator of the story, finds their personal journals
hidden in a closet as she helps her mother clean out their family homestead to sell. The
discovery of these family secrets sets the narrator on her own journey towards identity
and place. Love and sacrifice, choices and consequences, are strong themes in this story.
“Occasionally a girl will shriek with wild laughter, knowing that my concentration on,
and immersion in my book will be broken. These girls, once so kind, have turned
into nasty little agents of morality. I am beginning to hate some of them, especially the
ones who seem so bent on meanness. But I maintain my dignified demeanor
throughout, which seems to serve to bring them to new levels of cruelty.”
© copyright 2010-2015 by Diana K. Perkins
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"I have just finished
your incredible book!
What a wonderful
story!" - Jan G.
- Jennifer B.
"I could not put it
down. This is the
romantic novel I've been
looking for. A must
read!" - Terry C.
"I finished reading your
wonderful book at
I enjoyed it very much!"
- Diane G.
"I read your book in
two sittings... I couldn't
put it down." - Anita P.
"The characters and
their dilemmas really
engaged me - and
stirred up memories
from my past"
- Carol S.
second in the
Milltown Series, is
set in a small
mill town is
based on a
It's about the good
and the evil that
drives three families
to the extremes
"This was surely going to be the end of my life – at least that’s what I wanted, I wanted
God to strike me down right there, I didn’t want to face my family, Sister Margaret, Sister
Miriam, the kids at school, the whole world would know soon. I would be better off if
God just struck me down right there in Father O’Reilly’s office. It would be a just
punishment – everyone would feel vindicated and I wouldn’t have to experience the pain
and humiliation. I waited, nothing happened – God wasn’t listening to the silent prayers
of an obvious sinner. Father O’Reilly went around to the back of the desk and
called my parents."
*SPOILER ALERT: A
spoiler gives away the plot
or secrets in the plot.
Don't read this if you want
to be totally surprised.
This is the first novel
in the Shetucket River
Jenny’s Way, based on a local legend is a fictional tale set in Baltic Connecticut. The story
spans four decades from the 1930s to the 1960s. It follows the entwined lives of three
families each with their own destiny that weave together their dark and light threads
throughout the years. These families create a tapestry of local color: a good, hardworking
farm family, a family with difficulties and an extended family of women who are
supported by the kindnesses of the mill boys they service.
Diana's Pool is a
fictional story created
to bring to life the
legend of the lovely
pool on the Natchaug
River in Chaplin,
It is a mystery.
It is the third in the
Milltown series, it has
been published and
is available on Amazon.
A book launch event
will be scheduled
for Autumn 2014.
"The church is crowded and smells of wet wool and mothballs. The tall windows
are letting in a chilly, dull grey light. Everyone is somber, but the low hum of
neighbors murmuring gossip fills the silence as we wait for the pastor and casket to
come in. I am sitting towards the back of the church with my family. Fannie arrives
and motions for me to move closer to the front. My mother nods in assent.
A loud bang echoing through the church signals that the doors have closed, and
everyone looks to the back of the church to see who has arrived. Mr. and
Mrs. Turner have just come in with their son Jeffrey following.
Mrs. Turner, wearing her hat so low her eyes are nearly obscured, leans into her
husband, who pulls her close with his good arm. She has a handkerchief over
her mouth that she raises to her eyes as Mr. Turner guides his tear-blinded wife
down the aisle.
Once the Turners are settled in the front pew, the door bangs again and six
mill-worker friends of Mr. Turner bear the casket solemnly down the center aisle,
followed by the pastor. "
"Jenny's Way made
me feel as if I were
in a time and place
happiness or sorrow
I'd care about."
- Ron F.
paints the scenes
goings-on in such
beautiful detail that
time traveling seems
quite possible, and
one can almost
smell the air."
- Maria Beltran
for Readers Favorite
Pool. OMG it was
so intriguing I could
not put it down."
- Betty B.
Good News: My new novel, set in Coventry Connecticut and the fourth in the
Shetucket River Milltown series is nearing completion and has gone out to some
readers. Soon the rewriting and editing phase will begin.
It has an ISBN number assigned. Getting close!
I hope to have the book launch in mid September, but I'll keep you posted.
Summer Ice - My Life at the Bidwell