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Philomene's Doll Frying pan

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11-24-18
Book Fifteen, PHILOMENE’S DOLL

Philomene’s few years with the LeBlanc family go reasonably well until she reaches puberty. Suddenly Monsieur LeBlanc has a different and nefarious attitude about his best worker as her physical characteristics become an allure to this man who has no passion at home. An old steel frying pan (a gift from the junkman Deneau) gives her the ability to cook in her small shack. When Monsieur LeBlanc becomes amorous she discovers another use for the pan. Suddenly Philomene’s position becomes untenable and she is forced to leave the farm in a panic. Read More 
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Philomene's Doll

LeBlanc farm
11-17-18
Book Fifteen, PHILOMENE’S DOLL

With hard work and a positive attitude, Philomene becomes a successful and valued member of the farming family. In spite of Madam LeBlanc's poor attitude, Philomene is able to win the confidence of Monsieur LeBlanc and the children and helps him turn his hovel farm to a successful enterprise. Image LeBlanc farm. Read More 
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Philomene's Doll

Philomene's Doll
11-4-18
Book Fifteen, PHILOMENE’S DOLL

The Nuns in Belle River are confident another suitable home can be found for Philomene, but a poor economy and other circumstances seem to work against her. So she remains with the sisters and attends the school with the other girls of the area. She finds the environment of the convent and the lodging for the students who come from a distance, very suitable, and as time goes on she settles into the life of a boarding student. Eventually a family is found with the LeBlanc family in northern Belle River. She hopes this will be another pleasant family… Read More 
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Philomene's Doll: Going to Canada

10-26-18
Book Fifteen, PHILOMENE’S DOLL

During the next five years, Philomene excels in school, church, farming, and work around the house. She looks forward to further education and a future with seemingly unlimited potential until on awful day when her new father figure, Abner dies suddenly and violently in a farming mishap. The LaForest world is turned inside out and Marie-Paul must take her children to live with relatives and Philomene is taken in by the sisters at the church to help her search for a new home. Read More 
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Philomene's Doll: Going to Canada

Belle River on the map
10-20-18
Book Fifteen, PHILOMENE’S DOLL

Life at the LaForest home becomes a Joy Philomene never expected. Abner’s wife, Marie-Paul provides a loving home where the children are treated with love and Abner and his wife, make family life and work on the farm a joy as Philomene grows to her teens in a loving environment. On her birthday, Philomene receives a wonderful yet simple gift from her aunt, a simple rag doll. The first toy that Philomene had ever receives, she calls it Jeanne, and Jeanne will and help guide Philomene through the remainder of her life. Read More 
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Philomene's Doll

Philomene's Doll
9-29-18
Book Fifteen, PHILOMENE’S DOLL
A late middle aged lady living in a classic Grosse-Pointe home on the shore of Lake Saint Clair, Kathy has been asked by her late father’s attorney to look for some documents. This leads her to a luxurious third-story room once used as a children’s’ bedroom but now as a private retreat for Kathy. She opens an old ornate chest now used to store various old mementos. She finds the records, but along with them she discovers a mysterious painting of her mother and an enormous diary from her French-Canadian Grandmother. Intrigued by the diary, she sets out on a long path to sharpen her French skills and read the story of her enigmatic grandmother who lived nearly 100 years. This will occupy her evenings for some time with an amazing tale of poverty and hardship leading ultimately to an amazing life. Read More 
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