Welcome to the World of

 Moonberry Lake


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Book One of the Moonberry Lake Series

Welcome to Moonberry Lake follows the gripping journey of Cora Matthews, as she is brought back to a place that she was taken away from as a child and never allowed to return. That is, until the death of her mother forces her to reconcile with the memories that have haunted her since she was child.

As old ghosts are put to rest, new ones emerge. Her desire to start a new life in Moonberry Lake does not go as smoothly as she anticipated. She quickly learns that living in this small town presents as many challenges as it does surprises. Many secrets unfold and tragedy finds her once again, destroying everything she has built.

However, it is the wild stories from an old woman in a cemetery, homemade bread from an eccentric artist, tea parties with a Victorian lady, the satire of a mysterious cat woman, and the grit of a handyman that make her see the blessings in life.


Cora often finds herself in hilarious and humiliating situations, witnessed by her neighbor Ben Walker who is always present to rescue her. Ben is the one person she wants to avoid, yet their paths continue to cross. By going on faith, she ends up forming a family among strangers, discovers strength that she didn’t know she possessed, and even finds love when she wasn’t looking.

Welcome to Moonberry Lake is ultimately about how our relationships affect us. The story reminds us of what truly matters and redefines our idea of family. The small town charm, unique characters, hilarious mishaps, and heartwarming life lessons make you laugh, cry, and leave you with hope.

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the blooming of delphinium, by Holly Varni

Book Two of the Moonberry Lake Series

As far as hidden talents go, Delphinium Hayes is blessed with one of the more unique ones. With the slightest passing whiff, she knows someone’s most admirable or weediest characteristic. This peculiar perception never fails to give her an advantage in life—until she meets two men who turn her world upside down.

Mason McCormack has agreed to help her with a group of seniors who have taken over her flower shop as their hang-out. But his assistance is not without its price, and Delphinium agrees to compensate him with beautiful bouquets that seem to possess a bit of dating magic.

Elliot Sturgis, director of The Gardens Assisted Living Facility, is determined to discover why a group of his residents keep sneaking over to Delphinium’s shop to play poker in the walk-in refrigerator. He soon finds himself as enchanted as everyone else by Delphinium. But his devotion to following the rules and maintaining order does not endear him to the shop’s owner.

Sparks fly as opposites attract and love finds a match in Delphinium’s Flora Emporium—even for those who resist it the most.

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Dear Friend,

Welcome to Moonberry Lake!  A small town replete with charm and good intentions.

 I’m thrilled to introduce you to the fictional town and world of Moonberry Lake. Tucked away in the beautiful North Woods of Minnesota, Moonberry Lake reminds you of a simpler time, yet the struggles and drama revealed will feel similar to today. You’ll hopefully find something familiar in the quirky characters that speaks to you and makes you smile.

The people of Moonberry Lake will be popping in to share some thoughts or interesting news from their life. My favorite guests include the eccentric artist Arielle, who loves to share her latest recipe, Dear Tabby, who offers sage but sassy advice, and A Moment with Martha is always a good way to start or end a day. I also couldn’t leave out Main Street gossip in Sightings and Satire.

I hope to familiarize you with the town and people that have crept into my dreams, taken over my writing, and have found a place in my heart. I created this website to share stories and give you all the “extras” that could not fit into my novels. My intention has always been to remind people of the good in the world and to spread light. May Moonberry Lake fill your heart with joy as it has mine.






To Sleep with the Angels by Holly Varni / H. Elizabeth Collins

To Sleep with the Angels

A sweet bedtime story for children of all ages. “In the stillness between twilight and dawn, in the moments of peaceful rest as children lie sleeping, their spirits soar with heavenly Angels.”

The Doll Lady

The Doll Lady

A beautifully written children’s book, The Doll Lady is the inspiring story of a remarkable woman who spends her life making extraordinary dolls.