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Matthews publishes first novel: The Light Within


December 07, 2011
WHITEFIELD — Rebecca L. Matthews, a Lancaster native who graduated in 1987 from WMRHS, has just published her first novel: "The Light Within."

Matthews wrote it on her laptop while sitting in her car during the time some of the children she and her husband, Chris Matthews, are raising were in dance classes.

All five children are in school: Zach Matthews is finishing up at the North Country Charter Academy in Littleton; Danielle Forcier is a senior at WMRHS and Hannah Forcier, a sophomore; and Heather Enos is a sixth-grader at the Whitefield School and Noah Enos, a WES fifth-grader.

While signing books on Sunday at the edge of the fruit and vegetable department at Mac's Market, Matthews explained that she had finished writing about a third of what she thought of as her second novel, this while some kids took ski lessons. But the laptop died, and she lost all of her work.

"It just wasn't meant to be written," she said philosophically. Although Matthews only has time to write sporadically, she has begun another book. Her mother-in-law coming to live in busy home has made it a three-generation household, adding a whole new dimension to her understanding and appreciation of life, Matthews explained.

The plot of "The Light Within" is outlined on a website supported by her publisher, www.rebeccalmatthews.tateauthor.com. "Love, betrayal, hope, and tragedy will unite this broken family," the description reads.

"Judy has been a bitter, angry person for years. Her constant yelling has affected her children's attitudes and pushed her husband away. But all that changes one night, when she finds herself on a deserted road being touched by God. This moment begins a transformation that will affect everyone around her. When a horrible accident occurs, everyone in the family will be put to the test." Readers are urged to "experience the transformation with this family as they discover The Light Within and find peace in the midst of chaos."

Tate Publishing & Enterprises LLC has published the book in both hardcover ($20) and paper ($14.99), available on its website. Tate describes itself as "a Christian-based, family-owned, mainline publishing organization with a mission to discover and market unknown authors."

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