Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Excerpt Tour: The Park Street Secrets

by Yvonne Van Lankveld


GENRE: Contemporary Fiction



A historic government office and police station in Niagara Falls, Ontario is redeveloped into seven condominiums. Some new residents have ties to its cultural heritage, while others bring secrets to keep there.

Siblings Lily and Rose must cohabit for one year or lose their inheritance, despite their animosity toward each other. Gracie Sheehan is determined to make a fresh start after many unexpected events force her to question her values and life goals. Young lovers move down the hall from a self-serving customs broker who always gets whom and what he wants.

Mix these unique characters with a medley of others, add a building manager with secrets of his own, and discover how Park Street becomes a chaotic blend of love, betrayal and the need for human connection.


EXCERPT (Exclusive Excerpt):

Mitch hesitantly accepted her offer to complete his report at her kitchen table. She watched him quietly as he rambled through a standard series of scripted questions. He reassured her repeatedly that she was safe. She wore the same ivory flannel housecoat which smelled of the same detergent she used when they were married. When she leaned forward, he caught a whiff of her hair, clean and slightly damp from her bath. She always bathed at night, and based on her scent, still used the same soap. She was barefoot, and he saw her toenails were painted pink. Something new. She never painted them before. She watched him looking at her feet. 

“The boys gave me a gift certificate. They said I needed to do something nice for myself,” she said. 

He looked around and remembered. Memories, lots of them, including endless arguments in this kitchen. 

“They were right,” Mitch replied, as he felt a small stirring, unexpected and unprovoked. 

Georgia felt it, too, and as quickly as their eyes met, they both looked away. Mitch stood up and put his empty coffee cup, the same one he had used for years, among the dirty dishes in the sink. Georgia stayed in her chair, her back towards him. He inhaled the scent of her hair and paused. An unexplained, stupid thing to do. No reason for it. He thanked her for the coffee.


Yvonne Van Lankveld's love of words began in childhood. As a nurse, her writing skills earned her acclaim in many clinical settings, however she never lost her desire to become an author.

The Park Street Secrets is her second novel, which she wrote during the pandemic. Her first book, The Road to Alright was originally published in 2019. She is working on her third fiction novel, Follow Polly's Lane. Yvonne lives in Ridgeville, Ontario with her husband.

Yvonne Van Lankveld will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Replies
    1. .ope you enjoy it - it was a about of love.

    2. Thank you - hope you enjoy it!

    3. Thank you - loved writing it too!

  2. I like the cover art, synopsis and excerpt, The Park Street Secrets sounds like a fascinating character-driven story and I can't wait to meet them all. Thank you for sharing your bio and book details

    1. Thank you to the talented Tellwell team for their help in making this a reality. You'll love the characters - they'll remind you of someone you know

  3. Great excerpt and Park Street sounds like a thrilling and exciting place to visit, I can't wait to read Park Street Secrets!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a magical holiday season!