Bestselling author Darcie Chan is guest host of #LitChat on August 17, 2015. Follow #LitChat on Twitter, or login to our dedicated channel at chan

Darcie Chan shook up the literary community when her self-published, debut novel, The Mill River Recluse, sold 400,000 of copies, sending big publishers knocking at her door. The story of a wealthy widow in a small Vermont town who leaves her fortune and estate to various town citizens, The Mill River Recluse and the follow-up novel, The Mill River Redemption, have compared to such heartwarming books as Jan Karon’s Mitford series and Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Grove series. Chan’s latest novel, The Promise of Home, resumes the story of Mill River and the characters who lend to its charm.

The Promise of HomeThese days Mill River, Vermont, is a hive of activity. Karen Cooper bids farewell to her husband, Nick, as he leaves for Saudi Arabia to work as a contractor. But when he goes missing, Karen turns to beloved nonagenarian Father O’Brien for counsel. Kyle Hansen and Claudia Simon blissfully prepare for their wedding—until a new acquaintance threatens their romance. Emily DiSanti, haunted by a tragedy that tore her world apart a decade ago, is renovating the old McAllister mansion, eager to restore its former beauty and to find peace in the intense workload. All these lives—and the lives of others in this small town—move forward, bump up against one another, and intertwine. And when a cache of letters is discovered, a powerful and unexpected secret comes to light—one rooted deeply in the childhood of the longtime priest who has touched the lives of everyone in Mill River.

Darcie Chan has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. For fourteen years, Chan worked as an attorney drafting environmental and natural resource legislation for the U.S. Senate. She now writes fiction full-time and lives north of New York City with her husband and son.

Author photo by Carrie Schechter.

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