Romance and suspense come alive in this uplifting Christian novel set in the South in the 1870s.
The reader will fall in love with the intriguing story of Laura who overcomes personal tragedy, and is forced to hide a secret that, if revealed, will cause her great heartache. Amidst the revitalized social scene of a South recovering from the War Between the States, Laura has to sacrifice one of her most precious desires in order to protect someone she loves above all else. Yet as the world around the Malcolm family improves they are also forced to overcome numerous challenges. Sitting on the banks of the Mississippi, Oak Grove, the ancestral home of the family, and the oaks that shaded it symbolize the Malcolms’ courage, resilience, and strength. Can Laura make her enemies become allies as she confronts her secret and finds the strength to forgive as well as to love again?
Ann Mock is an award-winning author. Her novel, "The Union of the North and the South", received five-star recognition by Readers’ Favorite. "The Union of the North and the South" also won Honorable Mention in the international book award contest from Readers’ Favorite in the category of Romance/Christian in 2015. She lives in Florida with her husband Dave and her faithful companion, Happy. She enjoys ballroom dancing and cruising on oceans and rivers in both Europe and the United States. Some of her favorite trips were on Mississippi steamboats that visited many of the areas mentioned in "The Union of the North and the South".
In this scene, I want the reader to feel the devastation my heroine felt as she faces the loss of her first love. The loss is hard as Laura struggles to overcome her emotions while dealing with her in-laws' ultimatums.
The Union of the North and the South
The next month was like a nightmare to Laura. Food had no taste. Flowers had no color. Birds were silent. Sleep? Who could sleep? And then there was Gerald’s father. As soon as he received word of his son’s death, he sent a terse message to Laura: