Paradise Acres

May 1, 2021 by Dawn Teetzel

In this deeply touching memoir, Dawn Beecroft Teetzel returns to her childhood in the countryside, retracing the roots of a life-altering friendship with a rough-around-the-edges, old bachelor, Earl Brush. Though life has been kind to her—she’s happily married with two beautiful daughters—a nagging sensation stirs memories of peaceful afternoons spent with Earl as a young girl. As Dawn fondly chronicles her childhood and Earl’s dream to build himself a cabin in the woods, she confronts the possibility of past lives and what never was but could have been.

Brimming with tenderness and imbued with the calming sounds and sights of the woods, Paradise Acres is an uplifting account of growing up, family bonds, friendship, and how one person can leave a tremendous, lasting impression on another, even long after death. It is a heartwarming coming-of-age story that tells the tale of an unlikely friendship between a young girl and a weathered, elderly farmer, proving age is just a number and that love does indeed span generations, perhaps even lifetimes.

Published in 2021.

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