The Mercer Museum is real and is substantially as portrayed in the Peace Morrow books. However, the incidents chronicled in the stories are not real. Not even close! The are completely the products of this writer's imagination. I didn't grow up in Bucks County, but I've lived more than half my life here and, as a writer, find the area so charming it's almost impossible not to set a story here. Here's a picture of me reading in The Mercer Museum's beautiful library. What a thrill!
A short, short story
The life of a disillusioned peace activist takes on new meaning when she takes a day off to visit a small town Folk Festival - all because she couldn't ignore a creature in distress. Check out this story under Free Story. If you read it and are curious about what happened to Caroline's miraculous find, the story is continued in Love and Not Destroy and An Uncertain Path.
Love and Not Destroy
A baby is found in a basket on the grounds of a small-town museum during their annual Folk Festival. Twenty-two years later, a homeless man is murdered in exactly the same spot. Connection? Or coincidence? Peace Morrow, the foundling, now an adult working at the museum, is haunted by this question and thus begins a quest that explores the nature of family, of loyalty and responsibility. As she tries to reconstruct the victim's history, his story becomes entangled with her own search for family roots, a journey that leads her through the dusty boxes in the museum's basement, to the antique markets in the northern part of the state and, ultimately, to the innermost reaches of her own heart.
A tragic accident links the lives of two young women, unrelated, unknown to one another, causing each to question things she thought were certain, and sets them on a path neither could have have imagined.
Peace Morrow, abandoned as an infant, is about to meet the family she's always longed to know. Raised as a Pennsylvania Quaker, she wonders what her Virginia aristocrat family will think of her. What happens when a careless action by one of them takes the family to the brink of disaster?
Rachel Woodard, longing to break out of the safe world she's always known, takes a drastic step that results in the death of a young man and sets off a chain of events that swirls outward like a pebble in a pool. Can she live a lie to preserve her own life and save everyone she loves from heartbreak?