Southern women may look as delicate as flowers, but there’s iron in their veins.
While the rest of the world has been roaring through the 1920s, times are hardscrabble in rural South Georgia. Widow Maggie Parker is barely surviving while raising her young son alone. Then as banks begin to fail, her father-in-law threatens to take her son and sell off her livelihood—the grocery store her husband left her. Can five Southern women band together, using their wisdom and wiles to stop him and survive the Great Depression?
PRAISE FOR IN HIGH COTTON:
Mulligan pens a story full of southern charm with a cast of characters in a cute Georgia town you won't easily forget. Makes me want to sit down with the lot of them for a glass of sweet tea. — New York Times Bestselling Author, Rachel Hauck
In the tradition of Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes, Ane Mulligan creates a cast of seemingly incompatible characters and brings them together into a family the likes of which I wanted to belong. Maggie is a delightful, relatable heroine, and I cheered for her through every page of this well written, delightfully insightful and descriptively captivating story. Be transported to the small-town South during the Great Depression and grow along with Maggie as she battles challenges and emerges triumphant thanks to faith and with a little help from her friends. – Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of Bringing Maggie Home
The perfect marriage of Southern charm and dramatic tension, author Ane Mulligan takes the reader by the hand, immersing you in a story world you won’t want to leave. The women of In High Cotton are strong, brave, and compassionate, role models from the past who are every bit as relevant to women today. Personally, I think this is Ane’s best work ever! – Michelle Griep, Christy Award winning author of Once Upon a Dickens Christmas
Ane Mulligan's writing sings in this moving tale of friendship and heartbreak. I haven't enjoyed a Depression era novel more since I read Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. - Elizabeth Ludwig, USA Today Bestselling Author
Ane Mulligan has a knack for creating colorful characters with emotional depth and sharp wit. In High Cotton is a heart-warming story of what it means to be family and the sacrifices we make for those we love. Mulligan weaves together sensitive and tender moments, delivering a flawless tale of faith, understanding, and perseverance. – Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of the Sun Valley series.
I am not generally the biggest historical fiction fan, but this book has so much action and intrigue that it kept me captivated throughout. I was on the edge of my seat through most of this book. There is a subtle but meaningful spiritual thread throughout the book that focuses on trusting God to bring a person through hard times, and that God's timing is always perfect, even if we think otherwise. – Melissa Parcel, Top Goodreads Reviewer
I was privileged to receive an advanced copy of "In High Cotton." [The author] brought together such a unique group of characters who bonded so tightly, it gives a new meaning to family. I found it hard to put down. I stayed up way too late one night because I just had to read one more chapter. I binge read the rest of it today because I just had to find out how it was going to end! You need to read this book! You will not be disappointed! Lynn Baker Worley, Goodreads
I enjoyed this fun-loving cast of Southern women in Rural South GA – during the Great Depression. Maggie Parker, widow and single mom, captured my heart as her faith is tested in surprising ways, as she remains hopeful, naturally pressing into the arms of Jesus. This story has it all: characters to cheer for, mystery, suspense, splash of wholesome romance, heartache and well-timed humor. This author pens a beautifully written story of hope, healing and shows the meaning of family through the lives of her fun-loving complex cast of characters I enjoyed hanging out with. – Nora St.Laurent, The Book Club Network Blog
I thoroughly enjoyed In High Cotton. Ane Mulligan has created a world rich in detail and characters I loved. Maggie is a widow with a young son trying to keep her grocery store open in rural Georgia in 1929. What could have been a depressing story of a difficult time in our history is instead one filled with hope and optimism and faith. It's the perfect read for this strange time when we can control our circumstances no more than Maggie could control hers. – Gayle Roper, award-winning author of more than 40 books.
Oh this book! Ane Mulligan has once more succeeded in drawing me in to her world of endearing characters. I could literally see every corner of the grocery store in my mind… felt
like I was at home there! I was inspired by the sisterhood formed by Maggie and the others. Such a delightful hodgepodge of personalities, perfectly joined in love and friendship. If ever I wished for a series...this is the time! - Julie Lancelot, reader
Ane Mulligan strips away the fluff and lays out an amazing story set during the depression. Maggie Parker, recently widowed, is forced to fight to keep her son, her home, and her livelihood from being snatched away. The Widow Parker and a few of her friends prove that when you put your mind to it, you can't be undone. Filled with wonderfully layered characters, Mulligan connects all the dots and turns out an enjoyable read. Her Southern style, lulls the reader into the sweetness of the deep south but at the same time dares anyone to take what belongs to her away. A guaranteed, delightful read filled with emotion and determination. In High Cotton is a must read. - Cindy K. Sproles, author of What Momma Left Behind
She traded Sugar Hill for vaudeville. Now she’s back.
The day Cora Fitzgerald turned sixteen, she fled Sugar Hill for the bright lights of New York City, leaving behind her senator-father’s abuse. But just as her career takes off, she’s summoned home.
The stock market has crashed. The senator is dead. Her mother is delusional, and her mute Aunt Clara pens novels that expose the town’s secrets. Then there’s Boone Robertson, who never knew she was alive back in high school but now manages to be around whenever she needs help.
And the Fitzgerald women need a lot of help, indeed. They are forced to find a way to make ends meet, whether it’s mining for gold or doing what Southern women have done for generations in times of need—turning their home into a boarding house.
But will the people of Cora’s past keep her from returning to a brilliant future?
Releases June 1, 2021
She’s bound by duty. He’s tethered to a dream.
Gennessee Taylor dreams of leaving the mill town of Sweetgum, Georgia. Although it’s where she met and fell in love with Tommy Mack, opportunities for a better life are limited. Tommy works a dangerous job and plays for the mill’s baseball team. Then Tommy gets a contract from a farm team for the Detroit Tigers.
They see their chance. But before they can finalize their plans, a fire breaks out in the mill. The biggest loss is Gennessee’s father, who dies in the fire, and her mother, who is crippled by her burns. Gennessee must stay to care for her mother and run the hotel her family manages.
Tommy can’t forfeit his dream and Gennessee can’t leave. She has no choice but to bid him farewell. Will they find a satisfying life without each other?