Smelling Roses, A Tale of Connection and Transformation, by Claudette Dean

Charles Montgomery is an unlikely hero. An eleven year old identical twin, he is torn from his God-fearing family, and institutionalized for his strange pronouncements. On the eve of his eighteenth birthday, he mysteriously disappears, only to return a decade later, transformed. The hero's journey traverses the religious, psychiatry-obsessed 1950s, into the turbulent, revolutionary sixties. It is meshed within a tapestry of human connections interwoven with dark threads of addiction, abuse, and mental illness, and woven with golden threads of compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude. Implied in the title is a scent of mysticism. Sprinkled with serendipity, and interspersed with lucid dreams, the story hints at unseen forces at play in everyday life, and glows with channeled messages of universal truths illuminating its pages.

Smelling Roses: A Tale of Connection and Transformation, by Claudette Dean Available on Amazon (Kindle, Paperback, and Hardcover), and on Apple iBooks under Fiction & Literture > Claudette Dean


This was a fascinating weaving of characters interacting on many levels. I found this book a real page-turner! I hope there is a sequel!" — Suzane Cooper

This book glows with heart—a story of light channeling into even the darkest places. The well-wrought characters are warm and funny and have their faith tested time and again as unlikely messengers bravely reflecting a prism of new possibilities, new wisdom and compassion, while battling a one-dimensional societal norm that sparks the changes ushered in during the 1960s. A fascinating and knowing look back into that tumultuous era, this vibrant book also grooves with inspiration amazingly in synch with today’s world—a renewal of trust in the growing tides of love emerging against all odds. Like a richly-patinaed peace sign of hope, it sparkles with wit and mystical wonder—a timeless story of ordinary people and everyday courage along the path of more deeply embracing the divine humanity in all of us." — Paula F. Boyd

A wonderful story of faith, spirituality and universal love. The connections the author made between the character keeps you interested in reading and wanting to find out more. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Hopefully, there is a sequel!!!" — De'Shea

Inner Sanctum: A Collection of Poems and Paintings, by Claudette Dean

A beautiful showcase of works by artist Claudette Dean. Full colour photographs of her original oil-on-canvas paintings paired with her poetry reveal her inner journey and honour unity consciousness.



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