~~ Tales of Ravens Nest ~~

A Life—A Place :  Stories and Reflections

by Joseph Colwell

Beautiful cover of Joseph Colwell's short story collection, TALES OF RAVENS NEST.

          Published in Spring of 2018 by Lichen Rock  Press, this compelling collection of short stories reads like a  full-length novel.   Joseph's eloquent prose, unique characters, events  and locations are woven together to take the reader throughout the West  and across generations.

Back cover synopsis:

          "When Tori Reynolds and her husband Alistaire Corey realized their New  York City lifestyles were missing something, they visited the retreat in  western Colorado called Ravens Nest.  Jake Collins, a retired wildlife  biologist and his artist wife Rachel owned Ravens Nest, living a simple  life that was part of nature.  Tori and Al fell in love with the land  and with its owners, being “adopted” by the childless Collins.  They  came to live at Ravens Nest, where Tori honed her gardening and nature  skills while also becoming a world famous musician.  Al continued his  profession as a writer. All four started and lived a dream that  surprised them all.  After the passing of Jake and Rachel, Al discovered  that Jake had not only written a fictionalized account of his last  years at Ravens Nest, he had also written a collection of stories,  either autobiographical or documenting his philosophies and beliefs  about life itself.  Al put this collection together and called it Tales  of Ravens Nest.  After his passing, the initial story called Tori’s  Dream was finished by the newest member of the group, Bernice.  She  added the final episodes, concluding with the passing of Tori.  This is  the story of Jake’s life as it related to living with nature.  Enjoy the  adventures of four people who lived as part of the land and the values  and beliefs of the man who tutored his adopted heirs.  It is about  creativity, dreams and legacies in a place called Ravens Nest.  Then  think about your own life and place."

TALES OF RAVENS NEST TABLE OF CONTENTS

Editor’s Introduction to the First Edition


Preface to the Second Edition

PART I:  TORI'S DREAM
       Chapter One – Ravens Nest
       Chapter Two – Metamorphosis
       Chapter Three – Intervening Years
       Chapter Four – Sunset
       Chapter Five – Alistair’s View
       Chapter Six – Wisdom
       Chapter Seven – Last Song

PART II: JAKE'S STORIES
       A Season in Paradise
       Canyon Engagements
       Alpine Thunder
      Memories of a Wilderness Cabin

      Lightning and Fire
      Redfern Valley Recollections
      On the Top
      Elk Peak Passage
      Finding Janet

PART III:  JAKE'S REFLECTIONS
       Soledad’s Journeys Part I The Voices
       Soledad’s Journeys Part II The Spirit
       The Obituary
       Blue Gentians and Columbines
       Dedicating Daddy’s Lake
       Drifting
       White Buffalo

About the Author

TALES OF RAVENS NEST Review

        "If you're in search of an out of the  ordinary book to begin your summer reading, then Ravens Nest is the one  to choose. This book was one of the most intriguing books I've ever  read. Just when I thought I had figured out where the story line was  heading it would take a turn and lead me towards other possibilities. I  found it to be filled with love, compassion, adventure, and even sorrow.  Keep a box of tissues nearby because you'll need them. When you reach  the end you will be filled with hope, and just maybe a new understanding  of the circle of life. Another one of Joseph Colwell's literary gems."   Anne M. in Illinois, April 16, 2018. 

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