Barbara’s Books: Explore Engaging Novels & Children’s Series



In ABBY’S ATTRACTION, readers will learn not only about a feisty tomboy but also about the history of a favorite Florida state park, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

Kates Secret

In a small New England town, an eleven-year-old girl and her two younger siblings have had to move yet again to a new house, to a new school, and to more questions by strangers. Kate Colton hopes this move will be different for her mom, her brother, and her sister, and of course, for herself. Now, they'll be living closer to aunts and uncles, which Mom thinks is a good thing. But Kate soon learns that moms don't always get it right, especially when dealing with an alcoholic father in the family. Will the new move be a permanent one for Kate and her family? Will Kate's father be able to change, or will he continue to embarrass Kate and make her feel ashamed? Will Kate be strong enough to perform at her new school as the lead in her school play, or will her father's alcoholism ruin that for her too? In Kate's Secret, readers not only learn what it means to live in an alcoholic family but will also benefit from the questions and resources provided at the end of the book.



When Rachel Phillips, a thirty-nine-year-old divorcee, learns about the death of her best friend, she also discovers that Mary Beth has willed her bookstore to Rachel. But the Next Chapter bookstore is in Lobster Bay, Maine and Rachel lives in Homosassa, Florida.

Rachel, who has a fear of flying, is quite willing to drive herself and her constant companion Hercules, an English Mastiff from Florida to New England. But can she bear to leave her beloved aunt, her only relative behind, and what about her ex-husband, who is trying to win her back? What will she do when Matt, her best friend’s brother, wants the bookstore for someone else?

So many decisions for a county librarian who has no business sense whatsoever.

Rachel's Next Chapter Books by Barbara Cairns


When Nettie McPherson had a child at seventeen, her mother whisked her away to another state, and the baby was adopted. Now, Nettie, a 60-year-old widow, has returned to her hometown in Maine, where she buys a lobster boat and becomes a tour boat captain. Her constant companion is Bo, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever she rescued from the local shelter. Nettie’s delighted to be back in New England and to reconnect with her childhood friend, Vi. But Nettie has never revealed her secret, not even to her best friend.

After receiving a letter from an out-of-town lawyer whose client is someone from Nettie’s past, she is determined to follow through and agrees to meet with them in the search for her daughter.

But how will she reveal this long-held secret to Vi... or to Cole, a land developer who arrives in Lobster Bay and captures Nettie’s heart?


My Children’s Books

The Not So Secret Life of Nimh-A Dumbo Rat!

I’m Nimh, a little Dumbo Rat who is being trained as a program rat at a wildlife state park. My trainer, Barbara, is advocating fancy rats as pets and hoping to alleviate the fears many people have about rats. You will see that I’m cuddly and cute. But I’m also an intelligent, clean, and curious little creature. This book shows me from ages 4 weeks to 4 months. I’m hoping you’ll be able to see me as I grow bigger in another book someday. But in the meantime, enjoy learning some important “rat facts” that may surprise you.

Read the Latest Series!!!

Gatsby’s Grand Adventures

is a picture book series published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

Gatsby is an art gallery cat who explores famous paintings at night. When he doesn’t remember to jump back out by dawn, STRANGE things happen to the paintings.

Each book will feature a different artist’s work with a biography and several websites so children can learn more about the artist.

The artists featured in the series thus far are Winslow Homer, Auguste Renoir, and Thomas Gainsborough. The Van Gogh book is pending.



Introducing Gatsby, the art gallery cat, who loves exploring famous paintings at night. When he forgets to jump out before dawn, strange things happen to Winslow Homer’s: “Snap the Whip”. Children who enjoy animals and art will learn about an artist’s work through the adventures of a mischievous cat.

Gatsby’s Grand Adventures Book 2: Auguste Renoir’s: “The Apple Seller”

Gatsby, the art gallery cat, jumps into famous paintings at night. When he remembers to jump back out before sunrise, everything is fine. But sometimes, Gatsby forgets. That’s when strange things happen. Children will learn about Auguste Renoir and his painting “The Apple Seller” through this adventure of a mischievous cat.

Gatsby’s Grand Adventures Book Three: Thomas Gainesborough’s “Girl with Pigs”

Gatsby, the cat, lives with his absent-minded mistress, Miss Annabelle, in an art gallery. He explores famous paintings at night. If he remembers to jump out before dawn, the painting remains the same. But sometimes, Gatsby forgets, and that’s when strange things happen to Thomas Gainsborough’s painting, “Girl with Pigs”.

Gatsby’s Grand Adventures Book 4 Vincent Van Gogh’s “First Steps”

Gatsby, the art gallery cat, explores famous paintings at night. If he jumps back out by dawn, everything is fine. But sometimes, Gatsby forgets, and that’s when strange things happen in Book Four of Gatsby’s Grand Adventures. Gatsby is fascinated by a baby in Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, “First Steps”.



A geography picture book that takes young readers from Florida to Labrador and Newfoundland in this book featuring Safari Sal's adventures around the world. She helps readers to learn about special places, capitals, people, animals, foods, flags, customs, and more. An extensive glossary adds even more for lovers of geography.

History Books



CRACKER COW is a history of Florida based on the cattle industry. Cracker cows are direct descendants of the cattle that were brought to the new world in 1521 by the Spanish explorer/conquistador, Ponce de Leon.

The story is partly told through the eyes of the cow, "Magnolia" as she is waiting to be auctioned off at a local cattle sale. Readers will be entertained and informed about matters bovine and will learn about the rugged history of the state of Florida.