I wanted to post a tribute to her, but my buddy, Karen Wojcik Berner wrote such a beautiful piece about her, I'm directing readers to her blog: Bibliophilic Blather.
If you haven't read any of her novels, you've truly missed some beautiful writing.
Just one of her books I've read
"My heroines do not become beautiful elegant swans, they become confident ducks and get on with life." -- Maeve Binchy