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?
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?
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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?