There's Only One Beth Kephart

Last night I attended the launch party for Beth Kephart's fourteenth book, SMALL DAMAGES. I've already gushed and drooled over this novel here. Quite frankly, it was one of the most breathtakingly written novels I've ever had the pleasure to read.

Beth's event was held at the Radnor Memorial Library in Wayne, PA, a place where, after hearing her introductions, Beth is deeply loved and admired. I can relate. Beth Kephart is one of those rare people who actually see you the very first time she looks into your eyes. She's genuine, real, and sincere.

The room was filled with people Beth has loved and who love her back. Two fans actually drove from Ohio - that's a twelve hour drive - just to help her celebrate this book. Speaking of celebration, there was cake and punch, sunflowers and smiles, books and recipes. Yes, recpies. Estela, one of the characters in SMALL DAMAGES, is a phenomenal Spanish cook--it's what she does, who she is--and Beth had recipe cards created with the recipe for Estela's Pears Al Horno.

Beth looked lovely. The room was stuffed with support and admiration. The air smelled of cake. Congratulations to Beth Kephart! And to anyone out there who hasn't read SMALL DAMAGES, get thee to a bookstore and turn those gorgeously written pages. You will think about Kenzie long after you finish--it's that kind of book.

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