The Memory Keeper is the story of Tomás Romero, a native of the Acjachemen band, whom the Spanish renamed Juaneño. Born in 1820 in San Juan Capistrano, Tomás attends the mission school where, in addition to the catechism, he learns to read, write, and cipher—uncommon for the Indians in San Juan at the time. Because Tomás assists the padres, he becomes aware of the world outside the small religious community.
During his lifetime, he experiences the rule of Spain, Mexico, and finally, the United States. He survives drought, floods, plagues, the secularization of the mission property, and its return to the church. He also marries, raises two children, makes many friends, and provides assistance to the priests. He becomes co-owner of a mercantile. Although his story is rich with local history, it is, in the end, an engaging family saga with characters who come alive on the pages.
by Brian Ford:
About the Author:
Lorna Lund and Larry Collins have been married for nearly fifty years. They both worked in Osaka on the Universal Studios Japan theme park. Larry was a Project Engineer, responsible for the Jurassic Park, JAWS, and WaterWorld attractions. Lorna was the Document Control Supervisor in the Osaka field office. Their memoir of that experience, 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park was a 2006 EPPIE finalist and named as one of Rebeccas Reads Best Nonfiction books of 2005.
Their cozy mysteries are Murder…They Wrote and Murder in Paradise, finalist for the 2012 EPIc eBook Award. They plan several more in this series.
Lorna has also co-written a series of romance anthologies, set in the mythical town of Aspen Grove, Colorado. Snowflake Secrets, a finalist for the Dream Realm and Eric Hoffner awards, Seasons of Love, Directions of Love, winner of the 2011 EPIC eBook Award for best romance anthology, An Aspen Grove Christmas , and The Art of Love.
Lorna’s fantasy/mystery/romance called Ghost Writer was published in June 2012 by Oak Tree Press. Larry’s collection of short stories entitled Lakeview Park was published in December 2011.
The Memory Keeper, their historical novel is now available on Amazon as are all their books. Click here to download!
Read about our books: 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park, Murder… They Wrote, Murder in Paradise, Lakeview Park, The McGregor Chronicles, Snowflake Secrets, Seasons of Love, The Art of Love, An Aspen Grove Christmas, …And a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe, award-winning Directions of Love, Ghost Writer, and The Memory Keeper at www.lornalarry.com