Paine's debut novel was awarded the 2011 Silver “IPPY” (Independent Publisher’s)
Reader reviews have been very positive. One reader reports on Amazon.com, “These vivid characters from a small town on Cape Cod were so engaging they became my neighbors as I read about there daily lives. If you like strong women characters, adventure, fishing village stories, family history, and the history of a time and region, you will love this book as I did.”
The South Wellfleet setting is as essential to the novel as the characters are. The Pond Hill School (circa 1857) was a central meeting place for village life, first as a school house for Paine Hollow and the surrounding area, and then as a meeting hall, which it continues to be today. This last remaining school house of the original dozen that were once in use in the town of Wellfleet is now in need of preservation. All proceeds from the novel sold at this event will go towards the preservation fund, and admission donations will be thankfully accepted. Read more about the novel at www.EvaandHenry.com. Learn about the Pond Hill School at: www.SWNAsu.org.
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Irene Paine strives to write fiction with themes that are universally applicable to the men and women and young adults who are experiencing major life transitions. She believes courage and the ability to cope grows when reading of the tribulations and triumphs of fictional characters, especially when the characters are based on regular people rather than the stars promoted by our western media.