COMING SUMMER 2020 FROM LPC Books
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?
A Vaudeville princess turns gold miner.
For the past six years, Daisy Fitzgerald has been living in New York, and working in vaudeville as a voice thrower. She’s achieved her dream as a headliner on the best circuit. But Vaudeville is dying, and Daisy to break into Broadway Revue. Her only roadblock her singing. According to her vocal coach, she isn’t good enough—yet.
Then she gets a call from home. Her daddy, the senator, is dead and she must come back to Sugar Hill, Georgia. There’s no one else to care for her mute aunt, who lives in a world of silent watching, and her delusional mother, who can’t believe her husband is dead—or that his fortune is gone.
When Daisy arrives home, she must navigate the houseful of crazy she encounters. Her friends, who understand crazy, gather around her. But Daisy’s mama tops them all, trying to find the money she believes her late husband hid somewhere in the house. When nothing is found, Daisy decides to reopen the senator’s old gold mine. There is still gold in the mines of Sugar Hill. But between the damp in the mine and her allergies, Daisy loses her voice.
Are all her dreams over?
She’s bound by duty. He’s tethered to a dream.
Genesee Taylor is one of the few girls who didn’t leave home for the lure of the big city. She loves the small mill town of Sweetgum, Georgia. Most of all, she loves baseball and one ballplayer in particular, Tommy Mack. When Tommy accepts a contract from a farm team for the Detroit Tigers, he wants to marry Genesee and take her along. But before they can finalize their plans, a fire breaks out in the mill and half the town burns.
The Taylor’s boarding house doesn’t fare unscathed. The kitchen is destroyed along with two other rooms. The biggest loss is her father, who dies in the fire, and her mother, who is crippled by her burns. Genesee must stay to make repairs and care for her mother.
Tommy can’t forfeit his dream and Genesee can’t leave. She has no choice but to bid Tommy farewell. When a few of her old friends return to Sweetgum, each with her own problems, they join her to help rebuild the boarding house and their own lives. Will Genesee and Tommy each find a satisfying life without the other?