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Lessons Learned from Students

When you repair a storm-damaged house, you may need to first strip it down to the bare frame....

Are You Counting Your Blessings?

It's Thanksgiving Week and many of us are busily preparing for family get-togethers, a big holiday...

Learning About Hearing Loss: Life Lessons

My current novel-in-progress features a main character who is deaf, so I've been...


A man falsely accused. A mysterious woman in the woods. A choice between family loyalty and truth.

How much would you sacrifice to prove someone innocent?
Silent Stream, my current work-in-progress (known by writers as a WIP), is part of a historical series set in western Kentucky near where I grew up. The real town of Golden Pond no longer exists, and the region now makes up the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area. My fictional stories take place in the 1930s and are based on the people and events of the area.

Marie Wells Coutu


About me

I’ve lived in Kansas, Kentucky, Connecticut, Minnesota, South Carolina, and Iowa. My husband of 51 years and I have two wonderful children, and they and their precious spouses have given us 3 delightful grandsons and one granddaughter. In addition to writing fiction, I enjoy vacationing with the whole family and creating a story/picture book about the trip for our grandsons.

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Main Street bookstore hosts double book signing


Rebecca Sprecher (left) and Marie Wells Coutu sign books Saturday during an event at Books on Main. The two women were in town for their high school reunion and hosted a double book signing.








Fort Mill woman’s book based on Bible’s Esther

August 20, 2013, — Special to the Fort Mill Times, Fort Mill, SC

It’s a story of love, hope and one woman’s sacrifice to save her people.

Based on the story of the biblical character Queen Esther, Fort Mill author Marie Wells Coutu’s novel, “For Such a Moment,” takes a contemporary approach…

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Homegrown author publishes love story

Marie Wells Coutu has no fear of the blank page.

A professional writer, Coutu was born in Hopkinsville and graduated from Hopkinsville High School and later Murray State University. She is also a newly published author… Read the complete story.


Learn more of her secrets in this interview on A Christian Writer’s World with Lena Nelson Dooley.

This was a very interesting story that kept you wanting to know what happens next. A great message as well.


A bit of mystery, intrigue, travel, espionage, betrayal, and environmental awareness, somehow all those motifs blend nicely in this Christian romance. Glad I read it.

Deanna K.

Marie Coutu has done it again. She totally ropes you in as her charming characters and realistic stories come to life on the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret Heart from start to finish. Can’t wait for her next book!

Dolly P.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Thought the character development was great and could relate to the real-life difficulties of relationships and the interaction of the characters. Will be reading the others also.

Edyth J.

This story grabs you from the first few pages. Marie Wells Contu’s characters are wrapped in faith which blossoms as the story progresses, and flawed, like we humans. I enjoyed getting a peeks inside a Governor’s daily life, and how it affects a family. This is the first book I’ve read from the series. It can be a stand-alone read. It’s made me curious about the others in the series, so you’ll most likely need them too.

Kindle Customer

Just finished The Secret Heart by Marie Wells Coutu. I feel that it is her best book. I love how she patterns the story after Bible Stories. The book was very hard to put down once I started reading. I could really get into the emotions of the characters. Looking forward to her next book.

S. Olson

Another great one by Marie Wells Coutu. Thirsting for More is a well-written modern-day retelling of the Woman at the Well. I loved everything about the story, from the setting to the characters, and to Marie’s imaginative way of bringing Truth to the readers.

Fay L.

This book is even better than the first in the series! All readers will find some part of Victoria’s character with which to identify. After reading this book, you will never read John chapter 4 and see the flannel graph characters from your Sunday School days, but instead, ask yourself how would you react in a similar situation.


This story is spellbinding and you will not want to put this book down until the end. Marie Wells Coutu paints a vivid picture of the characters, emotions, and scenery in “For Such a Moment.”

An Amazon reader on For Such a Moment

Just finished The Secret Heart by Marie Wells Coutu. I feel that it is her best book. I love how she patterns the story after Bible Stories. The book was very hard to put down once I started reading. I could really get into the emotions of the characters.

An Amazon reader on The Secret Heart

I really enjoyed reading For Such a Moment. I can’t wait for the second book in the Mended Vessels series. The story was wonderful! Marie did a wonderful job! The best book I have read this summer!

Elaine C.