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".
Laura is now faced with meeting the new owner of her family estate as she descends the curving stairs with pride and dignity. She doesn't know where she will take her family or how she will provide for them. On top of all of this she is now forced to meet a former enemy that now ownes her beloved home!
The Union of the North and the South
The sun rose to find Laura already up and about. She dressed with immaculate care, putting on one of her nicest gowns with long silk sleeves. Its curved neckline was very flattering, complementing the creamy white of her flawless skin. The waist fit snugly around her slender figure, and the skirt fell in long folds, accentuating her gracefulness as she walked. She told everyone she was not to be disturbed that morning, for she had a very important matter to which she must attend. She had always felt free on the balcony, so she went there to think. She stood gazing through trees gently swaying in the breeze as she looked toward the Mississippi. Her eyes narrowed as she spotted an elegantly dressed man riding up to the house. All of a sudden her hands turned white as she gripped the railing.