“So this is heaven…” The opening line of COURAGE OF FEAR sets the tone for this inspirational, romantic novel. In this first novel from author Barbara Boyer we are taken into a perfect world. Most of us know there is no such thing, even in fiction. Before long we see perfection unravel in the haunting pages and lyrical prose of this book.

Angela Hearly-Peterson’s life was perfect, complete with a perfect house, husband, and career. What she did not see were the imperfections right beside her. Angela is a Pulitzer winning author whose words lead the reader into each chapter. It is indeed a unique talent to intertwine the words of a fictional character into the prose of a fiction book, yet Barbara does it with ease. As Angela learns the truth about her perfect life, she returns to her hometown, a place of refuge and comfort. Confronted with demons both past and present, she goes on journey of not only self-discovery, but of faith, hope, rebirth, and soul cleansing.

This brilliant first novel will give the reader unexpected insights into the darkest moments of human grief, soaring wisdom of spiritualism and words to nourish wounded hearts.

This brilliant first novel will give the reader unexpected insights…

If you are looking for a novel that captures the human spirit as its finest, this is the novel you’ve been waiting for.

Angela Hearly-Peterson had it all—a beautiful, adoring husband, a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, even a Pulitzer Prize for her bestselling inspirational memoir Wrestling With the Demons. Little does Angela know it’s all about to come crumbling down. Her husband Jackson—the beloved “moon to her sea”—has a secret gambling problem and has lost their entire fortune. In debt to Las Vegas casinos, he commits an almost unspeakable act that will send Angela’s life into a downward spiral. She flees the West Coast for her family compound on Nantucket, where she plans to end the miserable charade that her life has become. The island remains home to people who still love Angela and remember the little girl she used to be before fame and fortune struck. One man in particular has been waiting for her return. Leo, her unrequited high school boyfriend, still holds a torch for Angela and believes that they will end up together. Slowly, the motley group of islanders bands together to coax Angela back from the edge.

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Linda is the author of a humorous romantic comedy trilogy, The Three Baers, set in Wyoming. Her first book Baer Truth, where a vegetarian punk rocker finds herself stranded in the middle of Wyoming beef country. The second book in the series, Baer Necessities released September 2012, and the final book, Baer Facts released this May. She is also the author of The Granite Rose, an historical set in ancient Rome. Between books, Linda writes as the Senior News Editor for Reader's Entertainment News, scriptwriter for COS Productions and for many other print and online publications. She lives with her family in the Midwest on a small farm where ArnoldSwartzaweeds grow with impunity in her garden. You can visit her online home at