New historical fiction shares family’s plight during the Great Depression, incredible will to survive

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — Author Mary Howard Wright announces the nationwide release of her new book, “Designs: Book Two in the Tapestry Series,” where readers will find that strong faith, work ethics and family are essential to survival during tough times.

In “Designs,” after nearly a year away from her husband and her two young sons, Rachel, with her toddler daughter, Dottie, can hardly wait to reach Virginia. Now, her life can settle down. However, painful memories haunt her in the ocean voyage to America.

When she arrives in Blacksburg, Virginia, one family adventure after another awaits. Her happiness would be complete if only she could convince her father to join them in America. She fears he is grieving himself to death in Germany. Her children are growing up without their grandfather and she needs her father. As their family grows, many changes bring challenges for the family. Life on the expanding family farm seems idyllic, and then the Great Depression hits the small community as well as the rest of the country.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Wright grew up in the mountains of Virginia. Always a dreamer, she loved to read and obsessed over becoming an author someday. She married at 18 and worked in banking for over two decades, where she became a senior officer. Wright left banking to pursue a career in real estate and eventually opened a small real estate company. Her passion to write was finally realized in 2014 when she published her first book, “Threads.” She is married with two grown sons and two grandsons.

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