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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.

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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History


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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History

A traveling researcher engages people and places from Britain's past and present, drawing comparisons and contrasts between past and present for today's reader.

The Power of Story, Thoughts at Disney World Princess Breakfast

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 6, 2019

Yes, it’s true—my husband and I had breakfast with the princesses on our recent visit to Disney World. And we didn’t even have any of our grandchildren with us. It was my husband’s choice because the breakfast they offered sounded the best.

But we hadn’t been at Norway’s Akershus castle at Epcot Center very long when I began to see a deeper meaning. Watching the delight of all the children, parents, grandparents and...


My Love Affair with Niagara-on-the-Lake, On Stage at the Shaw Festival

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 5, 2019


My first visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake was many years ago when our son, who lived in Buffalo at the time, took us across the border for a visit. I instantly fell in love. English-themed shops, amazing floral displays everywhere, an authentic Edwardian hotel...

Little did I realize that was only the tip of the iceberg. In 2012 my husband, a devout “Wall Street Journal” reader, saw a rave review of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Yes! We had already planned a trip to...


Day 5, Trans-Canada Train through Cottage Country, Arrival in Toronto, and Onward

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 23, 2019

Due to the leisurely pace and time spent sitting on sidings, enforced by the policy that gives priority to freight trains, and due to the extensive shipping of goods from one side of the continent to another, our trip on the Canadian has extended to another day. By Day 3 we were 11 hours behind schedule—absolutely no problem to me. Yesterday, crossing the Canadian Shield, we had a firm foundation of rock under our tracks, which made increasing speed possible. We made up 2 hours.

Today we journey through the St. Lawrence Forest which extends on both sides of the Manitoba-Ontario border...


Garden Science at Disney World’s Living with the Land

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 18, 2019

Mickey Mouse, Princesses, fantastic rides—all things that spring to mind when one thinks of Disney World.  Cutting edge science might not be at the top of most lists. At Disney’s Epcot Center, however, their scientists are applying innovative methods for growing food to feed the world of the future.

We were at Disney World recently to celebrate a daughter-in-law’s significant birthday and managed to book tickets for the “Behind the Seeds” walking tour which literally takes you behind the scenes of "Living with the Land." We enjoyed a close-up look at Disney’s experimental gardens where scientists work to solve 5...


Trans-Canada Journey Day 4: Land of 30,000 Lakes

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 14, 2019

Almost all Americans are familiar with the Minnesota motto “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” And even just driving through the state, one finds that is an impressive number of lakes—especially to someone who lives in a desert. So, you can imagine how impressed Stan and I were as the Canadian rumbled through lake-spangled eastern Canada.

This area is known as the Canadian Shield where a billion years ago or so (who’s counting?) glaciers scoured thousands of lakes.

Today it...


Persistence Brings Success: Anne McDonald and Love's Refining Fire

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 12, 2019

Donna: I am so happy to welcome Anne McDonald to "The Authorized Version" today. As she recounts below, Anne and I have been writing colleagues for more than 30 years--impossible as it seems. Anne was cutting edge in her publishing journey--entering the world of electronic publishing in the year 2000. Talk about pioneering! I'll let Anne tell her story below.

Anne: I’m so grateful that Donna wanted to feature me on her blog in celebration of the re-release of my romantic suspense Love’s Refining Fire. If it hadn’t been for her encouragement and mentorship, I...


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