Burndett Andres left office management in New Jersey in 2002 and retired with her partner to Cherryfield, Maine. A diarist all her life, she has been writing for many years for her own pleasure and the amusement of family and friends. After moving to Maine, her time was divided between restoring an 1840’s house and keeping a daily journal, which she has finally organized into Maine, At Last, the book that tells the tale.
The story of that first year in Downeast Maine is drawn directly from this journal. “I tell our story journal-style because daily entries have such an intimate quality and draw the reader into the day-to-day activities of settling into the new home and community,” she says. “It is also a good format for revealing the gradual and often comical progress in do-it-yourself renovation. When a journal is translated into a narrative, I think much of that spontaneity and immediacy are lost. Besides, I love journals, diaries, and letters. I love reading them and I love writing them. They are real. Uncontrived. They are uncensored windows into someone’s life, in this case ours, and as such they can be very revealing.”