Book Conversation: Larry Smith, HIDDEN HEARTS: THE PETERBOROUGH LETTERS
The original story of HIDDEN HEARTS: THE PETERBOROUGH LETTERS begins when Betty Beeby finds a cache of decades-old letters and diaries in an old barn on the family property in northern Michigan. Along with veteran journalist Larry Smith, she sorts and makes sense out of dozens of letters and diaries depicting a fascinating and colorful world long gone.
This is the story of Minnie Griffin and the child she bore out of wedlock in 1876. Minnie is told her son is dead a month after his birth. Instead, unbeknownst to its mother, the child has been put up for adoption. Twenty-seven years later, the son, Loren Post, seeks Minnie out. By then she has an orderly, independent life as a dressmaker in Peterborough, Ontario. The shock of learning her son is alive shatters her peace and plunges her into a tumult of raging emotions.