My novels are available at Untreed Reads, Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Kobo Books and a growing number of other book sellers and public libraries.
My latest novel, THE WOODEN CHAIR won the Florida Writers Royal Palm Award. Released as an e-book in May 2013, it is available from most e-book sellers.
THE WOODEN CHAIR
Throughout her childhood and teenage years, Leini suffers both physical and emotional abuse from her mother, Mira. Years later, married to a wonderful man, Bill, a mother herself, Leini is determined to break the pattern of abuse. With pain, she struggles through past hurts, to grow into a nurturing and loving parent and wife, a successful professional. Her victory is complete when she is able to forgive Mira.
Praise for THE WOODEN CHAIR
As I read Rayne Golay’s novel The Wooden Chair, I was impressed by the clear and authentic portrayal of the characters, both primary and secondary. The story, spanning over fifty years of Leini Bauman’s life, unfolds with a smoothness of rhythm as it portrays the often painful reality of a girl growing up with a relentlessly abusive mother. Most of the story is about the adult Leini’s determination not to repeat her own mother’s patterns. The father’s and grandparent’s loving ways with Leini fortify her though they cannot protect her. Finding the means by which she can change and mature, Leini grows into a warm and nurturing mother to her own two children, a loving wife and successful professional. Unable to leave the past entirely behind, Leini strives for a degree of reconciliation with her aging mother and achieves for herself the ability to forgive her mother for … everything. The vivid descriptions brought to life for me some exotic places I’m yet to visit. The Wooden Chair is more than another story of child abuse and parental alcoholism. It portrays realistically a process of improving on a life that is not always merciful.
Joan W. Brandt, Educator
The Wooden Chair is a beautifully written period piece. When I began reading, I didn't stop until I turned the last page. Ms. Golay's descriptions are so powerful, the character's so true to life, they're unforgettable. Leini's journey from an emotionally abused child to a self-confident woman should be read by all who've suffered any form of abuse and persevered. Quite the most powerful novel I've read in years."
Suzanne Barr, Author of "Fatal Kiss"
The Wooden Chair took hold of me in the first paragraphs and never let go. I kept expecting—and wanting—someone to rescue Leini from her wildly unpredictable mother who told Leini she wasn’t wanted. Leini’s disappointments and longings as she faced serious issues for such a young girl kept me engrossed. I wept at Rayne Golay’s vivid descriptions of Leini coping in an unfair world, and I rejoiced at her remarkable quest to change, at her acceptance as she grew into adulthood.
Rayne’s high quality writing in The Wooden Chair makes it an emotionally charged read, a compelling story of one woman’s valiant struggle to grow away from past hurts. A triumphant story!
Elizabeth (Bettie) Wailes, Author and Editor,
Winter Park, FL
The opening scene In The Wooden Chair in wartime Helsinki, Finland, is powerful; it pulled me in and made my heart ache as I lived through the terrible psychological twists the mother forces on Leini, her daughter. Plenty has been written about child abuse. But here comparisons stop as author Rayne Golay gives her female protagonist, Leini, the means by which she grows and starts the process of healing from childhood trauma. Leini emerges as a warm, nurturing mother, a loving wife and successful career woman, growing generous enough to forgive her mother.
The Wooden Chair is a courageous and insightful story. Rayne Golay is a very talented author and I look forward to her next novel.
Publishing Consultant and Shepherd
Richie, FL, USA
The Wooden Chair is the artfully constructed psychological portrait of a woman, Leini Bauman, who is challenged from birth with a severe visual impairment and an emotionally and physically abusive mother. As is too often the case in reality, caring, concerned family members are virtually ineffectual in their attempts to intervene and mitigate conditions on her behalf due to the social dictates of the 40’s and 50’s in the northern European city of Helsinki, Finland.
Rayne Golay’s gift of descriptive writing brings this part of the world to the reader with passion and color. Equally gripping and realistic is the experience of wartime Finland through the eyes and ears of Leini as a child.
Though Leini’s journey is far away and the war is long over, anyone who has experienced the emotional or physical abuse at the hands of an inadequate, emotionally impaired parent will take courage and inspiration from this book. For those who know the heartbreak of a physical disability that cannot be hidden from the world, Leini’s story will offer validation and hope. It brings understanding and compassion for those of us with no such challenge. Leini’s struggle and resolution make every page a passionate and gripping reading experience.
Cape Coral, FL
Thank you so much for letting me read The Wooden Chair. I very much enjoyed the opportunity to read your work. The story at the heart of this manuscript is a deeply emotional and a deeply compelling one, and I admire the balance you strike between eliciting its emotional power without succumbing to any of the traces of melodrama that so often characterize narrative of abuse. This is truly a sophisticated manuscript, one that is powerful and compassionate at the same time that it is balanced and mature in its narrative.
Anne, who read an early draft