Kirkus saw fit to write a nice review of Chapel on the Moor. It ends with this gratifying comment:
"The chapel on the moor acts as a cynosure for Dempster’s entire narrative about faith, which soon enough reunites Frank with his mystery woman. This enigmatic character seems clearly otherworldly, and her attendant mysteries—and the author’s often quite beautiful prose—engagingly drive the story along.An elegant, surprisingly elegiac novel about the imposition of faith on the concrete world."
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And now, a sequel to Chapel on the Moor
A Sequel to Chapel on the Moor, entitled Where Are You? was published indepedently in March, 2019. The original story revolved around the ghostly appearances and disappearances of an enigmatic female phantom somehow mysteriously connected to the building of the chapel and its catastrophic demise during a violent storm. The two main characters, Frank and Merritt, had a brief romance during and after their involvement with the chapel but ultimately parted ways and have not seen each other since. In this sequel, the two are thrown together by chance fifty years later when the recently widowed Merritt convinces the still happily married Frank to accompany her on a bucket list adventure back to the island to piece together the unresolved mysteries of the chapel. Both, now in their 70s, revisit the chapel site as well as their youth and in the process, they struggle to reconcile their increasingly ambivalent feelings for each other.
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D.F. Dempster is a freelance writer who, having spent the better part of a lifetime employing words and language as a matter of vocational expedience, has discovered late in life the joys and challenges of juggling words and ideas in a purely avocational mode. A retired career Naval officer and later a bank property manager and internet service technician, he is now fully retired in the institutional sense and totally immersed in his newfound career of developing and living his dream retirement on the Big Island of Hawaii. His passion for writing in general and fiction in particular knows few bounds save those imposed by the necessary daily routines of eating, sleeping and exercising, and even then, words and ideas rattle around in his head like stray atoms vying for escape. He is an avid believer in the power of words to evoke emotion and its corollary, the power of emotion to inspire words. Thus he strives to use language as a tool to paint the landscapes of human relationships and feelings and to employ those feelings to flesh out and define the limits and boundaries of words. Other than a few stabs at poetry and lyric writing, Chapel on the Moor was his first serious attempt to trace the outlines and color the contours of human relationships through the telling of a story. It was followed by a sequel entitled Where Are You? Though both stories are steeped in mystery bordering on fantasy, the story can be as real or as fanciful as the reader chooses to imagine. In this author's view, both are valid interpretations of reality. He is currently toying with the far-fetched notion of writing a "trequel" to the story, although that may well have to wait for his next life.