The community of West Linn is featured in “Lucy’s Fence,” a novel written by Milwaukie author Carol Duncan Sweet.

Sweet, who was raised in West Linn, said the book takes place in the early 1950s in Oregon City, West Linn and Weiser, Idaho.

“The year is 1950, and 17-year-old Lucy Hargrove is pregnant,” Sweet wrote in a news release about the novel. “The baby’s father has vanished and her heartbroken parents have noticed a coolness toward them at church. In order to spare her family the shame she feels she alone should bear, Lucy packs her bag and boards a train for Oregon City. It has taken all her courage to leave her family’s homestead in Weiser, Idaho, and her beloved brother, Baxter.”

Sweet said Weiser was a special place for her and when she was conducting research for the novel she stayed at a bed and breakfast not far from the house her father once lived in.

“I was so excited,” she said. “I could point out the house (where her father lived) and the tree where my brother stole apples.”

“Lucy’s Fence” is available in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as on Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook and

Sweet is a writing coach and helps writers find their voices and gain confidence in their writing. She leads group workshops and writing circles as well as one-on-one workshops, coaching and mentoring. Learn more about her online at

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