Amy Devins is an American EFL teacher. She shares her passion for French-American culture and language learning through her books and website, “Josy’s Little Library”. She lives in France with her husband, daughter, and cat, who scrupulously monitors her every writing endeavor.
Title by Amy Devins
Emmy and the Iris
A Fanciful French Twist on The Secret Garden
Released: August 2022
Genre: Children's books
In Emmy and the Iris, a modern adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 classic, The Secret Garden, a young girl named Emmy becomes angry and anxious after the death of her parents. She is moved from home to home until one day, a wealthy couple takes her to live with them in a gorgeous but mysterious castle in the beautiful French countryside.
It seems that Emmy’s life will begin to improve, but her new guardians are strangely distant and do not seem to want to have anything to do with her. Emmy seeks comfort in a secret garden on the castle grounds. The garden is key to healing Emmy from her hardships, but will it help her reveal the castle’s—and the family’s—many secrets?