Tuesday, March 15, 2022


                                     COMING SOON . . . GOD ONLY KNOWS WHEN

From multi-award-winner and New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark, Lesley Kagen, comes her newest novel, It’s Gonna Take a Miracle, a coming-of-age story set in Wisconsin circa 1959 that captures the essence of what it means to be poor and different, overcome with grief, the struggles of women of that generation, and the saving grace of love.

Eleven-year-old Theodora "Teddy" Delaney’s already challenging world has further been turned upside down. Not only is she attempting to come to grips with the sudden loss of her father, her mother has been left penniless, and on top of everything else, her little sister, Birdie, refuses to believe their beloved dad is gone forever.

Teddy believes that she played a big part in her father’s death and the only way to make amends to him is by taking good care of her “not like everyone else” sister, Bitty. She has a To-Do list to keep her on track, her fiancĂ© for moral support, a grave digger to lend a helping hand, and she’s come up with a plan to convince her sister that their dad is dead before their mother finds out and sends both of the girls to “homes.” But with an evil neighbor watching Teddy’s every move, and a homicidal maniac threatening to cut her into little pieces, she knows it’s going to take a lot more than determination and savvy to reach her goals—“It’s gonna take a miracle and I’m not holding my breath.” 

 IT’S GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE is a deeply poignant, darkly funny, and ultimately uplifting tale about one young girl discovering that love never dies and how sometimes when you think you’re fighting to save someone else—you end up saving yourself.


Lesley Kagen’s critically acclaimed and award-winning novels have been selected as Indie Next Picks numerous times. Much of IT’S GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE is drawn from her own losses and inspired by the desire to lend a voice to children who are dealing with grief. Besides being a beloved author, Lesley is a mother of two, grandmother of two, a voice-over actor, child advocate, and a reading coach at a local elementary school where she also instructs the members of the Comedy Club on the most effective uses of Whoopie cushions and hand buzzers.