Author Tags: Fiction
Born in North Vancouver, Michelle Oucharek-Deo of Port Coquitlam is a Registered Art Therapist who has written a debut novel, The Girl in the Peach Tree, about a young woman who grew up in the shadow of her mother’s mental illness. This story of self-awakening and romance follows 25-year-old Maya Wells as she overcomes her upbringing and her constrained emotions. Partially set in Peachland, B.C., we meet a protagonist who has an epiphany on the night before her wedding in the form of a panic attack that enables her to realize she does not love the man she intends to marry. After the wedding is cancelled, she becomes one of eight contest winners for a month-long stay at a vineyard retreat in Portugal--whereupon she meets Cristiano in an airport waiting room. "With a spilt cup of tea and a spark when they touched, a deep connection emerged between two wounded hearts." The cover art was designed and painted by Wally Oucharek of Melville, Saskatchewan.
The Girl in the Peach Tree (VirtualWordPublishing 2017) 391 pages, ISBN #978-1-988348-00-1