Dee Yoder lives in Ohio with her husband and son. Her stories are filled with heart, warmth, and faith. She is the author of The Miting: An Old Order Amish Novel, Falling Off the Belief: A New Order Amish Novel, The Whole World and All, a Coming-of-Age novel set in the 1960's, and Appalachian Series Book 1: Covered in Fresh Mercies, set in post-World War 2 in Jay's Creek, Kentucky.
pleased and excited to welcome my friend, Yvonne Blake, to my blog today. Yvonne has published her first book, A Home for Phoebe.
This is an historical novel of an Indian woman and a young girl wandering the
hills of the Hudson Valley during the mid-1800’s. One flees prejudice, while
the other yearns for a home. Through the friendship of a peddler, a blind granny,
and blacksmith's family, they learn of forgiveness and faith.
Yvonne is embarking
on a blog tour that will showcase one of her main characters: Zeke the Peddler.
Let’s tag along to find out more about Zeke, Phoebe and Yvonne:
hops down from his seat, wearing a floppy hat and a gray coat, with sleeves
much too short for his arms. His eyes sparkle and his mustache twitches, and he
seems as tall as a weather vane on the top of the barn. Removing his hat, he
good day, folks. What can I help you with ? This here is a regular gen'ral
store on wheels! Anything you want or need - I have it. Needles or tubs,
buttons or pans - jewelry and fancy perfume, too!"
walk around the strange wagon, your eyes widen with wonder. There are pans,
kettles, tools, and things you never saw before. Through the back door, you can
see bolts of cloth, kegs, wash tubs, and hundreds of little boxes. Follow Zeke
from blog to blog, and at each spot you'll find something new.
10 Things You Might Not Know
About “A Home for Phoebe”
setting is real – a few miles east of Albany, New York.
Algonkin words are authentic, courtesy of Native American Languages.
character of Phoebe was “born” in a creative writing class in 1976.
There are recipes for apple butter and egg noodles within the story.
incident about the skunk happened to her Grandaddy Beverly.
There was an anti-rent war in New York during the time of the story.
It’s not a typical romance book, but a hint of romance is there.
Much of it is autobiographical. (Yes, I did roll big snowballs down a hill.)
learn of Irving, Van Buren, and Rensselaer.
Lessons of faith, friendship, and forgiveness are woven throughout.
10 Things You Might Not Know About Yvonne Blake:
1. She was born on her grandfather’s birthday in a military hospital.
2. She could put together a puzzle of the U.S. when she was 2 yrs. old.
3. She knows how to say “Hello” in Navajo.
4. She swam in the Caribbean Ocean and ate raw conch.
5. She despises squash but likes liverwurst.
6. She played a flute in an All-State band in 5th grade.
7. She grew 6 inches in one summer when she was 14 but is still short.
8. She has traveled through 44 states but has never been to Washington D. C.
9. She studied French for 6 years and taught it for 4 years.
10. She has been a child of God for almost 50 years.