I finished reading KEEPING TIME at midnight, in between the rare free moments taking care of my adult son (who happens to be Autistic) and my household chores. I had discovered a review of your book in a publication while at our public library and was delighted KEEPING TIME was on their shelf. Since I am halfway between the ages of Dennis (Elisabeth and Richard) and Dot, I could relate to both. However, I would have to claim Hulda as someone with whom I could be inspired the most. Thank you for writing the book — when did you say we would see this on film?
– Betsy Edwards
Thank you for posting to my website. In answer to your question about seeing “Keeping Time” on film, I wish I could give you a definite answer, but I’m afraid I can’t. I don’t know the answer myself, but as far as I know things are continuing to move along, slowly.
Hi Stacey – I just emailed this message erroneously to your publicist, my apologies. So here it is again! Hopefully to the right place! Just finished your book, loved it. There were so many aspects in the book that are found in my life I just couldn’t believe it! As the youngest of seven children, I was raised in Port Washington (Vista Way) by a woman from Liverpool who began as our nanny but then became a part of our family.(Long story there). Her name was Maria and she went back to Liverpool when I left for college in 1983. I made many trips across the pond to visit before she passed away in 2009. As I started your book, I thought the Liverpool/Port Washington connection in your book was cool and then when Daisy traveled to Littleton NH, I was blown away. My husband, two kids and I have vacationed up in the Whites for the past seven years. We stay in Twin Mountain but shop in Littleton, Chutters you know. While I am not a big fan of kismet and all that, I thought the coincidences were just enough to contact you. The circumstances under which I was raised were unique and I’ve often thought of writing a memoir, but like you, maybe I will use my experiences and write fiction, who knows. I am around a lot of books as a library director but haven’t written any of them! Again, your book was great and I thank you for letting me take a walk down memory lane. Best regards, Liz Burns, Southold, NY
– Liz Burns
Such coincidences! It really is amazing. With so much overlaping I can imagine how rich the experience of reading the book must have been. I’m gald you told me. I’m glad to know it.
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your treasure “Keeping Time.”
The characters were very believable. I so liked how you covered all the age groups,
from the over 60 (my age group) to the ever busy forty-something to moody teenagers down to noisy children.
It was great how you showed the life challenges of your characters and how our own challenges related to them.
You brought each one to life and made us feel their pain and their joy.
This was one of those books that you do not want the story to end.
When I returned “Keeping Time” to my library to take out another Stacey McGlynn book I found out this was your first novel.
What a special and wonderful talent God has given you.
So, please find it in yourself to grace all your readers with another story…soon.
from Dyann Angerstein
Thank you, Dyann!
I really appreciate all you’ve said. I’m currently working on another story. I have no idea how much longer it will take. I’m hoping sooner rather than later!
Just finished your book and quite enjoyed it! My grandmother a hearty New Englander lived to the ripe old age of 95 and certainly would be a cross of your characters. She decided at age 90 that she had never had a new car so ordered herself a VW bug and still went to the gym two days a week to work out since she was not old. I can see her taking a trip to find an old love.
Loved the multiple generation aspects of your book and suspect most can relate at someone. Congratulations on your success!
Thank you so much for your kind words and wonderful story. Who wouldn’t love your grandmother? She’s a perfect example of positive later life possibilities that we should all embrace. I’m so glad you shared it!
Stacey, loved, loved, loved your ‘Keeping Time’. Read it in 2 nights, best read since, ‘The Help’. Can’t wait for your next. thanks for the ‘older’ main character! your book has everything -intrigue, comedy, tension, relief and Real People! thank you so much!!!
Thank you, Dottie!
And your name is Dottie! So close to Dot, my cousin, the inspiration for Daisy! Thanks for posting your thoughts.
your book is excellent, much like rosamunde pilcher’s shellseekers, & wintersoltice, compelling, interesting, so well written. hope you have many more to come, as she has retired, and i haven’t been able to find any author i like as well, until now. is there really going to be a movie…hopefully they can get angela lansbury for daisy
Thank you, Heidi, for your comments. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. I’m still feeling my way through this blogging stuff.
I agree, Angela Lansbury would be a wonderful Daisy!
Hi Stacey, My name is Christine and I have just translated your book into German, which I enjoyed tremendously. I live in Frankfurt/Germany now, but I spent a large part of my life in England, where I raised my family. And for the last 20 years I’ve turned into a globetrotting grandma, just like Daisy (and Dot) going to Cooperstown, N.Y. once a year to see my daughter and her family (5 children, a few dogs plus usually a handful of assorted friends). I feel quite at home there by now, and the scenes you describe at Ann’s chaotic household sound terribly familiar, it made me laugh, because as I was translating them I felt as if I was right there! And that’s why translating your book was such fun – although it wasn’t so easy, because your telegram style does not lend itself to translation into German all that well. However, I think I coped all right, and I do hope your book will be a success over here. There must be many “Daisies” who will identify with your heroine! All the best to you, Christine
– Christine, Frankfurt, Germany
How nice to hear from the translator! It’s very exciting. I think your work must be very very interesting. Thanks so much for writing.
I read your book this afternoon. I truly don’t remember the last time I read a book without interruption. I loved every minute of it. Your style is so readable and never lags. As far fetched as some of the story line is, you make it all sound so real and possible. I’m not looking for anyone from my past, but I am a widow, albeit quite a bit younger than Daisy. I understand her so well and am so envious of her escapades. PLEASE, write more!
Thank you, Sharon, for your post. I hope you find some escapades in your future!
My sister gave me “Keeping Time” to read and explained who the author was since your children attend the same Musical Academy in which I have attended many performances (they are all wonderful musicians). Having that little background knowledge made this all the more interesting. I have to tell you, not usually my genre but oh how fascinating!:) What a wonderful story that positively effected every generation. I just gave it to my neighbor to read. She is from Germany – has family there and travels back and forth most of the year visiting. I thought she would just love it. I thoroughly enjoyed the book but by far my favorite part was when Elisabeth left her career as a CPA. I couldn’t stop laughing because I knew exactly where you were going with that. Needing a change!:)
Thank you for your post! I’m glad your sister shared her book with you and that now you’ve shared it with your neighbor. Daisy’s making the rounds! And we all know how she loves to travel….
I hope someday to meet you at one of the Music Institute of Long Island’s many performances.
All the best,
As I was reading your book I was picturing it in my head. This would make a great screenplay! It has something for everyone – multi-generations, mystery, romance, aging. My favorite visual was Elizabeth wearing her low slung jeans. I’ll be watching for the movie!
I like Elisabeth in her low slung jeans too!
I am so glad The Music Institute of Long Island was able to inform me of the wonderful read of Keeping Time. Not only did I enjoy it, I went to my family members with the kind of cookies mentioned in the book, milaenderli, and the drink, cointreau. Over hot tea we had book discussions and made some new wonderful family memories which was passed on to friends too. Excited if it becomes a movie and for your second book. Not surprised by you Stacey, you’re inspirational yourself.
– CARRIANN SCHETTINI
Keeping Time is a joy of a story. As an older woman, I have many, many wonderful stories of my own adventures. As a psychotherapist, I have been blessed to have been entrusted with the wonderful stories of many people. Dot Nicholson’s visit may have been one of the best presents you’ve ever received! Weave us another just as good!
– linda kelly
Thank you for a wonderful book, Stacey. I picked it off the “new books” shelf at the local library, and I found a gem. I’m going to buy a copy so I can send it to my mother to read. I, too, would love to see the book “on the big screen”, and I also look forward to your next book.
The idea of second chances and remaking your life as you should have lived it is exciting and gives all of us hope that the best is yet to be. So many times we take a path and are rewarded with finding a friend or mentor or inspiration. Bless Dot for being your muse! May we all find the Dots in our lives.
– Julie from Port Washington
Please, please, please tell us you’re writing another book!!!!!! I thoroughly enjoyed Keeping Time. Dot is a wonderful character. Thank you.
Hi Nikmaxmom! Thanks so much for writing. The answer is yes, I am writing another book. In fact, I was at my computer doing just that when your posting arrived. What a wonderful diversion! Now, back to work….. sigh.
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