3-time Award Winner! -- Pinnacle Award for historical fiction, 2016; Finalist for multi-cultural fiction in 2017 & 2018 (Best Book, Book Excellence Awards)
Keep posted as I'm moving to a new indie publisher: the cover has a new brighter look and hopefully some better PR. I got lost in the amazon jungle: reviews were great but I have never been one to toot my own horn... This 'present-day passion' story is set in overlapping worlds of West Coast America and Rural Uganda between the late 1970s and 2001. Here, Andrew Greeley’s spiritually-spiced narrative style joins with a setting similar to Kingsolver’s ThePoisonwood Bible. The story’s depth, intrigue, and tantalizing use of symbol will engage readers who marvel at human resilience in the face of tragedy, and appeals to anyone feeling marginalized in a complex world. In contrast to entirely horrific accounts of Rwanda’s genocide, it dares to offer situational humor, insight, and Hope. "Mendenhall can WRITE!" -- New York Literary Review "It empowers us to CONNECT." -- M Tudor, artist
Historical Fiction, paperback, soon available through Author Reputation Press.
Michael and the Ice Princess: A Mystical Romance Now on Kindle!
was first published in London by AVON Books in 1997.
Lyrically adapting the teachings of the medieval mystics into story form, Mary Mendenhall spins a classic tale while introducing us to spiritual giants of long ago. Reminiscent of the storytelling styles of Elizabeth Goudge and George MacDonald, her fresh presentation of the enduring quest story is a fascinating literary introduction to mystical thought on the nature of self-discovery, spiritual power, and psychological freedom from the past. Emotionally and spiritually engaging, Michael and the Ice Princess is a journey through the world of sages of the past who still have much to say to lost pilgrims —and modern souls.
Readers' comments are available in the 'reviews' section of this website. This is the second edition; a third printing is soon to be released through Author Reputation Press.
The book's present cover is based on a legend, "King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid" and was painted in 1884 by Edward Burne-Jones. It is housed in the Tate Gallery in London.