Valerie Banfield 

Author and Basket Weaver

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Valerie Banfield
Talespinner to the lost, the loved, and the found

Welcome! Whether you're looking for a story or something to create with your hands, I hope you'll discover some inspiration while you're here. You'll find my novels carry messages of hope, redemption, forgiveness, faith, and truth. Touches of romance and humor, intertwined with intrigue, suspense, and unexpected twists, are intended to lift your spirit and to direct your eyes and heart to our Creator.

Wish Me Home West Virginia

"From the moment I set foot in Bigler’s General Store, I felt like I was home."

—Chris Fabry, Author of the Dogwood series

 July 1933. Percy Bigler is a contented, homespun boy from the hills and hollows of Elizabeth, West Virginia, but as the Great Depression lingers, necessity leads him to enroll in the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC’s projects require an army of hard-working laborers, and Percy doesn’t shy from hazardous duties, but he finds himself in unfamiliar territory more than two thousand miles from home where egos, innuendos, and a particularly stubborn female test his determination to provide for his family.


Percy dodges pitfalls, battles to protect his heart, and suffers an acute case of homesickness while everything he loves in West Virginia begins to fray. He wants to heed his father’s wise words, “When life gets tough, do likewise,” but it’s hardly that simple. Duty tells him to stay the course. His heart calls him home. Either choice wields an immeasurable and irretrievable loss.

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2107 Cascade

Award Winner!

While I Count the Stars won the Cascade Award in Historical Fiction. One of the judges stated, "I am speechless with how much I loved this book." 

Savannah and Micah: two imperfect people; an unlikely pairing. As WWII’s firestorm engulfs Costa Rica, will hasty promises prove too costly to uphold?

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Playing Carnegie
May, 1950.  The pianist and the linguist, a perfect pairing. Their future is made in the shade. The Korean War? Not to worry...the troops will be home by Christmas.

5-Star Review Excerpt: Playing Carnegie is down home and global. I became totally invested in the young heroine and her knight in not so shiny armor. The storyteller is a master at keeping you turning pages. This tale is delightful.

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Valerie's books are available in paperback and eBook formats. Visit the BOOK PAGE to see all of your shopping options.

A Few Quick Bits:

Beneath the Healing Rain. What's a little shortcut . . . when it leads to a prize . . . that promises so much more than the risk?

Signs of Life. So much for starting over. The business is failing, the relocation a disaster. The overzealous cop's trumped up accusations stoke the misery. Is anyone in control here?


While I Count the Stars.  With any luck, Savannah will find the solution to her dilemma. How hard can it be? She only needs one suitable man. At the same time he shows up, the shadow of World War II descends upon the peaceful Costa Rican countryside. Will the conflict tear their world apart or will love abide all things?

Sidetracked: If Yesterday Steals Tomorrow. Where does Nate go when life throws him off course? Where can Sammi run when depression and fear lurk around every corner? Join their unimaginable journeys as they venture through seasons in their lives that neither anticipated nor wanted. Amazon review: "God is the engineer and He always brings the train into the station right on time."

Anchored: A Lamp in the Storm is my first work of historical fiction. "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour." Matthew 25:13. When the tempest roars, which path will you choose?

Gifted: A Basket Weaver's Tale. First, Alzheimer's Disease intrudes on Connie's world; then, a stranger pulls her into his deceitful scheme. Honor and integrity carry a price. What is the cost of their redemption?


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