On the testimonials roll for Page Publishing, located right here in Manhattan next to Madison Square Garden, there are effusive entries from a number of first-time authors. Everyone from Pamela Kelley, author of urban vampire tale What the Night Brings to Philip Binkley, the writer responsible for self-help book The Magic of And.
Soon, perhaps, there will also be a heartfelt thank you from Janet Azevedo, whose A Promise in Portugal arrived last month via Page. The novel is inspired by real events in Azevedo’s family past, and features a whopper of a central premise:
At 81-years-old, Evalina da Rosa, a very wealthy widow, decided to begin her life anew. She had survived a marriage of 60 years to a man whose moral code was non-existent. But her essential optimism had not faded, only dimmed. She was determined to find joy before she passed on to the next world and her methods were distinctly at odds with 1901 Lisbon society. She placed an ad in the city’s largest newspaper requesting applicants for an open position – her husband. The 21-year-old Azorean, Miguel Machado, applied.