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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
SHATTERED DREAMS, "Foreword"
Except for its Epilogue, which is nonfiction, this is
a novel, one based on the events in a family Dr. Christopher K. Horne knows
Because it is a novel, the reader is alerted that the
dialogues are approximations, as are most other elements “quoted” in the book,
and the actions and rationales of the characters are as interpreted/created by
the novelist, rather than being so closely rooted in reality as to be
As a novel, it falls in the category of “a cautionary
tale,” with two major themes: how inherited property can become not a blessing
but a burden, and how hard it is to maintain one’s marriage vows. These
challenges produced the “shattered dreams” of the title.
Christopher Horne wrote this within half a year,
dutifully sending me (his coach and editor) his additions weekly and accepting
my proposed changes (generally quite minor) with good grace. He was eager to
convey the lessons this family learned about bequests, adherence to a moral
code, and marriage. In doing so, he has depicted some characters who struggled
with temptation, with more or less success, and some who showed nobility of
soul in the face of great disappointments.
We hope the readers of Shattered Dreams will be both entertained and edified.