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Local author spotlight

Interested in being featured in our Local Author Spotlight?

Each month, we’ll feature a local author in our newsletter and on our website. Featured books should have been published within the last two years and the author should be local to Clearview Library District. The Library will hold the author’s work to the same standards as those used for collection development. Please query Casey at if you would like to be featured. We will also add a donated copy of your book to the Library’s collection. For more information about how authors can have their work showcased at the library, please read The Clearview Library District's Local Author Policy.

The Cygnet by Caryl C. Block


The Cygnet is a riveting love story that defies the class division and conventions of American society in the pre-Civil War era. Set in 1855 Maryland, it is the story of Richard Royce, a young servant recently hired by Jack Matthias and Clarinda Matthias, Jack’s niece. Finding out that Richard is abused by the man who raised him, Clarinda makes it her mission to make Richard’s life better and in addition to being their stable boy, Richard agrees to become the Matthiases’ butler and Clarinda’s groom. Meanwhile, Jack Matthias receives notification that Johann, king of Ahrweiler, was in New York and would arrive in Washington the following week. The conclusion of an unofficial two-year correspondence, the king requests Jack’s help in preventing a coup d'état by Ferdinand, count von Bronstein, his prime minister. But when the king’s entourage, which includes his wife and the count, relocate to Landfield from Washington, Richard and Clarinda become unwitting pawns in the count’s treasonous plans, threatening not only their love, but their very lives.

Check out The Cygnet here.

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About the Author

Caryl C. Block was born in Englewood, NJ, spending most of her life living in her hometown of  Harrington Park, NJ, before moving to Windsor in 2007. The Cygnet is her first published novel. She has a lifelong love of reading and writing, and was named a Great Books Scholar Finalist in 1970. A long-time member of the River Vale Community Church (EFCA), she served as editor and wrote many opinion pieces for their newsletter, compiled a commemorative history for the church’s 75th anniversary celebration in 1996, and wrote librettos for several Christmas musicals performed by the Chancel Choir. She was also a charter member of the Harrington Park Historical Society before moving to Windsor. In her spare time, Ms. Block enjoys cooking, singing in the choir at Evangelical Free Church of Windsor, crocheting, crossword puzzles, Sudoku and counted cross stitch embroidery.


Previous Authors

November 2017: Joe Plummer

December 2017: Kris Ayers

January 2018: Linnea Tanner