Headshot1Welcome! At my book events, people often ask, “How did you get started?” Language—its power and artistry—has been my lifelong passion. While living in Amsterdam, I became immersed in the Dutch language and the city’s 17th century Golden Age history and art. Learning that the contemporary Amsterdam Museum had served as the official city orphanage for 450 years piqued my imagination. I wondered about life among the countless children who resided in that large building and amused themselves in the courtyard.

The result: Amsterdam Trilogy. Book One: From among the throngs, one lively fictional orphan emerged. Then, a grieving family. Next, a father’s obsession with a lost, sensual etching; Book Two: We follow the epic adventures of a beautiful, young displaced Spanish woman - Isabela; and in Book Three: A naïve peasant genius faces multiple challenges as he rises from rural poverty to prominence.

I invite you to read all three books of Amsterdam Trilogy, as well the survival memoir I wrote with my husband, Allen L. White, Autumns of Our Joy - A Memoir of Romance, Stem Cells, and Rebirth.

Amsterdam Trilogy

The Seventh Etching
In Golden-Age Amsterdam, a beguiling orphan who unknowingly holds the clue to a missing etching, encounters Rembrandt and later appears in his most famous work.

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The New Worlds of Isabela Calderón
After surviving a shipwreck and finding her way to Amsterdam, beautiful and clever but naive Isabela Calderón returns to her village to fulfill the destiny her father set in motion at her birth.

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The Rise of Dirck Becker
Dirck Becker, age ten, appeared on only four pages in The Seventh Etching. Now an adult, Dirck learns he is has an unusual gift which threatens to isolate him and raise suspicion.

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Autumns of Our Joy: A Memoir of Romance, Stem Cells, and Rebirth

A joyful marriage. A terrifying medical diagnosis. An anonymous life-saving stem-cell donation. A jubilant meeting with the young donor. A triumphant celebration before a crowd of 37,000.