One of our customers (and now a very dear friend) is a very famous and award-winning author in the romance genre. She hasn’t written a book for a very long time but she is working on a new one and she recently began turning all her work into e-books. She had been emailing me for months to tell me of a surprise she had in store for us and this week it was finally revealed. What a wonderful surprise it was: a dedication in one of her well-known books. The Barefoot Bride. Here it is.
“The wish for a beautiful gold pocketbook. A lady in London, England. A man in Ascoli Piceno, Italy.
How did the pocketbook, the lady, and the man mingle to become the premise of a novel?
One must always be ready for the touch of Serendipity. If you aren’t paying attention, it will pass over you, and then you will never know what extraordinary gift it might have bestowed upon you.
Almost four years ago I was looking for a well-made gold pocketbook to replace some factory-made bag I’d had that had fallen apart. I love gold pocketbooks. Shiny metallic gold pocketbooks! During the search for my golden treasure I had no notion that Serendipity had begun its work of wonder for me.
I came to know a very creative woman in London, England. A short while later, I became acquainted with a highly skilled man whose home and atelier (artist’s workshop) are in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. I became quite close to these two wonderful and talented people.
The lady designed the golden pocketbook of my dreams. Her enthusiasm, imagination, kindness, and extremely entertaining personality began to form a fictitious character in my writer’s mind.
The man created my golden pocketbook. In his workshop in Italy, you will not find huge, fancy, complicated machines such as those near an assembly line. To produce his leather masterpieces, he relies on methods that have been passed down to him from generations of his family. His hands are magic, and his tools have been kissed by the ages. I felt certain that Tuscan Fairies dwelled in his atelier, sprinkling the shop with bewitching pixie glitter. Aha … Yet another book idea twinkled into my mind.
The lady is Jackie Cawthra, owner of the luxury handbag company, Belen Echandia based in England. The man is Marco Massaccesi of Pelletteria Massaccesi in Italy. Not only have their combined efforts given me my truly-adored gold pocketbook, but their friendship, respective talents, and willingness to share their knowledge have helped me to conceive and research the premise for the brand new novel I am working on now.
Much love to you both, Jackie and Marco.
And to you, Sweet Serendipity, thank you forever and always and way beyond the end of time.
XXOO – Beckie”