My Home Grows

By Alexandra McDermott

Young adult, Historical fiction | Paperback


It’s May of 1885, and Nora Beth Douglas is looking forward to spending her summer helping out on the family ranch and roaming the Colorado plains that she loves so dearly. But an invitation to visit her Eastern relatives’ cottage on Nantucket Island unexpectedly threatens her plans. Although Nora Beth pleads to be allowed to stay home, her mother, who is determined to have her rambunctious tomboy of a daughter grow up to be a proper lady, insists that she go. Western independence and Eastern sophistication inevitably clash, as Nora Beth struggles to adapt to her new surroundings and cope with a pair of exasperating boy cousins. Can she win her relatives’ friendship without having to change who she is? And will Nora Beth’s big heart enable her to overcome her own prejudices, while still remaining true to her home?



Alexandra McDermott is a novelist & cookbook writer, originally from the United States but now residing in Buckinghamshire, England. She is a graduate of the pastry arts program at L'Academie de Cuisine in Maryland and the George Brown Chef School in Toronto. She studied journalism at the University of Massachusetts and attended the "Advanced Complete Creative Writing Course" at London's Groucho Club. Lover of words, travel, history, the BBC Proms & photography. Proud owner of two vintage typewriters. Member of the Sibling Writery, thesiblingwritery.com. Visit her blogs, thebackofthetypewriter.wordpress.com and thelassintheapron.com, or find her on Twitter, @backofthetype and @lassintheapron.


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Alexandra McDermott is a novelist & cookbook writer, originally from the United States but now residing in Buckinghamshire, England. She is a graduate of the pastry arts program at L'Academie de Cuisine in Maryland and the George Brown Chef School in Toronto. She studied journalism at the University of Massachusetts and attended the "Advanced Complete Creative Writing Course" at London's Groucho C...


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