I spent my formative years in the quaint New England village of Groton, Massachusetts. Although Groton is not mentioned in "Saratoga", the story has several Groton “threads” in it. Three of the people mentioned in the dedication grew up with me in Groton, and they are woven (full name of each) into the story. There are also a few other people and three places from Groton mentioned in the book.
I currently reside in the great Granite State (New Hampshire) with my amazing wife Brenda and our rescue dog Bonnie. We like to take walks around our neighborhood and the nearby conservation areas.
Although we both like to hike, Brenda is a veritable hiking machine. She has hiked all 67 mountains over five thousand feet in New England, while I have hiked the tallest one in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. We have also hiked Mount Monadnock several times, and enjoy that very much.
Brenda is also an incredible artist. She is working on several illustrations for "Saratoga". Also, as noted elsewhere on this site, we have published a children’s picture book, “Bob Hikes Mount Monadnock”. I had the relatively easy part, writing the text. Brenda had the hard part, doing the illustrations. She did them all by free hand: no ruler and no computer.
We are currently working on a second picture book, “Bob Hikes Mount Tecumseh”. Brenda's website is
"Saratoga" is the story of an adventurous and inquisitive teenage girl growing into a woman in the fictional town of Lafayette, NH. This unique contemporary tale is tinged with romance and has a sprinkling of humor throughout.
Sara’s full name is Saratoga Concord Parmenter. Her parents named her after two of the most important battles in the American Revolution, and have instilled in her the importance of the founding principles of America, including freedom of speech and the second amendment. They gave her a lifetime membership in the NRA for her seventh birthday.
Her friends call her Sara most of the time, but she is also known as Miss Einstein. One of her favorite expressions is “Well, if you think about it.” Sara likes to think and inquire about many things.
One thing that bothers her a lot is the fact that women in general do not get historical credit for things they have done in far too many fields. And although she loves her country, she is annoyed that the Declaration of Independence states that “All men are created equal.” As Sara reminds her father in Chapter Four “And as I’ve said many times before, it should be ‘all people are created equal’, not just men.”
This story is very entertaining, but it also delves into some of the serious issues facing us today. These are interwoven into various parts of the story in an interesting yet relatively brief way. To keep things on the light side, there is an occasional romantic twist, and the story is also sprinkled with a lively sense of humor, especially between Sara and her father.
"Saratoga" is now available at the following links:
hardcover on Amazon
hardcover Barnes and Noble
We also have a video on YouTube of Brenda and I describing our books at
"Bob Hikes Mount Monadnock"
A children's picture book
Text by Brian Macdonald
Illustrated by Brenda Macdonald
A story about a boy’s love for adventure and nature. The book is an entertaining story with the following educational items woven in to it:
Eat a good breakfast before hiking.
Wear proper clothing.
Be prepared for bad weather.
Bring plenty of water.
Follow the principle of Carry In, Carry Out.
No running on the trail.
Stay together when hiking.
A great gift idea for Christmas, birthday, christening, or any special occasion.
Autographed copies (author and illustrator) available upon request at:
603-818-4228 or firstname.lastname@example.org