Book 1 – Notes & Characters

All Roads Lead Home

By Diane Greenwood Muir

Notes and Characters

Book 1 – Bellingwood series
Published – January 2013
Story Timeframe – October 2012

 

 

Polly Giller
– is 32 in the book, but should be 33
– Mother had grown up in Boston suburb; died 20 years ago
– Father (Everett) died 3 years ago (2009); car accident
– Polly had scholarship to Boston University
– Mary and Sylvester Shore – Polly’s caregivers after mother died. Martin worked for Everett on farm.
– Clyde & Ivy Giller – Everett’s brother. Live east of Story City. Kids were older.
– Dog – Obiwan. Received from Doug & Billy
– Boyfriend – Joey Delancy
Friends
Sal Kahane – didn’t like Joey. College roommate
Drea Renaldi – professor at Boston College. Met Polly at the library. Italian family.
Brothers: Ray & John
Bunny Farnam

Andy Saner (Andrea)
– Age: 58 in 2012
– Husband (Bill) died five years ago – 2007
– High School English teacher – taught in Bellingwood, then when school closed, taught in Boone
– Children
Bill Jr. – lives on family farm
John
Melanie – grad school in Iowa City. Boyfriend was working construction at Sycamore House
– Cats – Chaz and Addams (black cats)

Beryl Watson
– Age: 58 in 2012
– 1st Husband – divorced 30 years ago
– 2nd Husband – married a few years later, but he died after 2 years

Lydia Merritt
– Husband – Aaron (6’1”), County Sheriff
– Children
Jim – last year at Iowa State
Marilyn (m. Brian Erickson)
Twins
Pregnant in October 2012
Jill – Kansas City – one little boy
Daniel – lives in Des Moines
Sandy – Lives in Minneapolis
– Drives a blue Jeep Grand Cherokee

Sylvie Donovan
– Age: 40 in 2012
– Last graduating class in Bellingwood
– Children
Jason (age 12 in 2012)
Andrew (age 9 in 2012)

Jerry Allen
– Electrician
– Wife – Marian
– Employees
Doug Randall – Age 19-20. Mother: Helen (loves flowers), Father: Frank, 2 story home,
Dog: Junior
Billy Endicott – Dog named Big Jack

Henry Sturtz
– Sister – Lonnie. Lives in Ann Arbor with two best friends. Finishing doctorate. Plans to continue teaching at University of Michigan
– Employees
Marvin Davis – Peaches
Leroy Forster
Ben Bowen – Pretty Boy
Jimmy Rio
Sam Terhune

Law Enforcement
– Digger (Darrell Douglas) – Department of Criminal Investigation. Wife: Ellen
– Arlene – answered phone at DCI
– Danny Boylston – investigator from DCI. In charge. Tall, thin, jet black hair. Dark black eyes, sad like a bloodhound
– Stu Decker – Deputy Sheriff
– Marian Tally – Child Protective Services

Bellingwood Residents
– Lance Alston – Key Maker
– Del (Delmar) and Angela Boehm. United Methodist Church
– Adele Mansfield – her sister was Mary Shore’s (Polly’s caregiver) best friend
– Stanley Borts – wife is a shrew
– Doug Leon – retired from working as a school custodian in 1995
– Linda Stevens Morse – 5 kids.
– Sarah Stevens Conyers – husband (Kenneth) bought insurance company. Sarah had worked for there for Dan Timmons. Friend of Andy Saner. Two children – one at ISU, one in high school
– Jill & Kelli Stevens, twins who were gone in the 1980s
– Harold & Mabel Stevens – parents of Jill, Kelli, Linda & Sarah
– Buddy Landers – friend to the Stevens girls. Parents: John & Jean Landers.
– Bob Miller (farm where Doug Randall was heading when he saw Polly’s laundry)
– Amber – waitress at Davey’s Steakhouse. Pregnant in Book 1)
– Brian Adamson – provided smart wiring for Sycamore House

Christmas Story

Story Timeframe – Christmas 2012

Book 1.5 – Bellingwood series
Published – January 2013
Story Timeframe – December 2012

Jeff Lyndsay
– Over 6’tall, dark, curly hair. Comes from Columbus, Ohio. 24 or 25 years old

Bruce & Hannah McKenzie
– Children
Sammy – 4 ½ years
Emma – 2 ½ years
Tyler – 8 months
– Bruce dated Polly’s best friend, Marsha, in high school.
Parents: Shirley & Lyle.
Brother: Kevin – has 3 children

– Polly & Henry’s first date was at Maud’s in Ames
– Henry’s 1955 Thunderbird – purchased by his grandfather

Brad & Lee Giese
– provided barn boards for the apartment’s floor.
– Brought kittens – Luke & Leia – to Polly’s Christmas party. Farm south of Boone

Butch
– milled the boards for Henry for the flooring

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