Henry W. Ver Hage
Henry Ver Hage was born, raised, and continues to live in beautiful northern New Jersey, USA, with his wife of over thirty years. He is the proud father of three adult daughters and five grandchildren—so far.
Since his earliest memories, there have always been books with their captivating stories. He has never lost his wonder at how just words, printed on a clean sheet of paper, could transport you to worlds you’ve never seen and draw out emotions that you didn’t know you had.
His first experience with publishing came at the age of twelve. He had discovered the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and began reading everything of his that he could get his hands on. In one of the Sherlock Holmes stories, he noticed an error about snakes and felt it his duty to write him (care of his publishing company) and point out this mistake.
A couple of months later, he received a reply from the publishing company informing him that had he read the preface to the book; he would have learned that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had died several decades earlier. (He has not skipped a preface since.) They did add that had Sir Arthur still been alive; he would have appreciated the correspondence.
He was thrilled. He had received a letter from a publishing company. Who cared what it said. His love of books and stories only grew.
He now finds himself at a point in life where he has the time to put to paper some of the many stories that have been running around in his mind.
His greatest hope is that his stories can stir the imagination of some reader the way the many authors he has read, stirred his.
Outside the Garden
Two married couples leave their lives in Europe for a new start in America, determined to not bring their pasts with them. When a son is born to the one couple, they name him, Adam, because he is to be their new start in America. Months later, when a girl is born to the other couple, they name her, Eve, for the same reason. Adam and Eve, are to be their new beginnings, their genesis.
Their parents strive to give them the life, which for some unknown reason, they had been denied. They shelter them with love and security, and provide them the opportunity to be whatever they desire to be. Until a tragedy strikes their families, leaving Adam, whose is seventeen, and Eve, who is sixteen, without their parents ... driving Adam and Eve out of the Eden their parents had created, into the world of good and evil.
This is their story. How they are forced to confront good and evil, jubilation and tragedy, love and hate, forgiveness and blame, with only each other to count on—and with one of them facing the ultimate loss, alone.
Return to the Garden
Can one lose everything they cherish, everything they love—and recover? Especially when they believe that they caused the loss?
Are some wounds too deep to be healed?
Do some events in life seal one’s future, or is there always a possibility of a second-chance?
This story continues from where Outside the Garden ended and chronicles one such journey. A pilgrimage from complete and utter loss to one of only two possible endings—Life or Death.