Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
You can’t always plan where life will take you. That is certainly true for Christine Noyes. Growing up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts as a tomboy, she spent her youth building forts, playing sports and enjoying the perceived innocence of the 1960’s.
Not having a clear vision of what her life should be, she went where she was most comfortable, to the kitchen. Beginning her work life as a cook at her grandfather’s restaurant at the age of eleven, she spent the next several decades re-inventing herself, becoming an accomplished chef, a sales representative, an entrepreneur, and now a writer and illustrator. She never chose her professions, they chose her.
She married her husband and soulmate, Al, in 1989. They moved to Orange, Massachusetts where, after Al’s passing, Chris remains today with thirty years of wonderful memories to keep her company.
When not at her keyboard, she can be found in her kitchen: back to her roots and love of cooking.
Memoir ~ Fiction ~ Children's Books
When strangers on a cruise ship share a dinner table, the menu calls for intrigue, romance, and danger - deception is the main course.
A shy, awkward young woman with an embarrassing anxiety affliction, a fashionable single woman looking for romance, and her sister, wealthy and married with doubts about her future are tasked with finding out the true identity of one of their tablemates: a handsome single man whose evasions spark suspicion.
"I loved this book! A Picture of Pretense has so much going for it – romance, intrigue, suspense, friendship, family dynamics and so much more. The characters are well presented and the plot is fast-moving with touches of both fiction and realism. Christine Noyes is a skilled author in creating a story that makes for so much enjoyable reading. I highly recommend A Picture of Pretense for young and older readers and my hope is to see this as a made-for-TV movie."
FIVE STAR REVIEW
by Trudi LoPreto for ReadersFavorite
Close Enough to Perfect is the heartwarming and heartbreaking story of Chris and Al Noyes, married for twenty-eight years until tragedy hit on a commercial airline flight. The story speaks of soulmates, happy places, mental illness, adventure, and sorrow. A true story of love, grief, resilience, and spirit told with brutal honesty and emotion.
Author Christine Noyes has chosen to share a very personal and private journey with her audience, and this memoir does it in such a beautifully penned way that it feels like the reader is a party to the story from a very close friend indeed. The content itself is beautiful and heartfelt, allowing us into Christine’s highs and lows so that we may discover and relate on our own level to each instance. What results is a sometimes bittersweet but always grateful recollection of working hard together to achieve happiness and success.
-- K.C. Finn
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