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Under a Copper Moon [Paperback]

Greg Lilly
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Book Description

November 7, 2007
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the New York Post branded Jerome, Arizona the "Wickedest Town in America." From mine explosions, rowdy men, and enterprising prostitutes to Chinese slavery, opium dens, and a lonely sheriff, a young girl fights her way to independence and respect. It's 1894 and a young woman finds herself alone and hopeless after her mother dies, then she discovers adventure in a newspaper ad. After a long train ride across the country, Inez meets her future husband Josiah who paid for her trip to the mining town of Jerome in the Arizona Territory. Before the wedding, she boards with Sam and Lottie, Josiah's friends. Being a true Victorian age woman, Lottie decides to mold Inez into the perfect lady. The cooper mining town of Jerome is booming. Inez has never encountered so many different types of people, some more mysterious than others. Her inquisitiveness may get the best of her. As circumstances twist, turn, and buckle, Inez discovers another side of the town: elegant parlor houses, the mysterious Navajo Onalee, Mr. Zhen and his Chinese laundry girls, the town's handsome sheriff, and a new best friend Pearl who fancies striped stockings and a sip or two of wine. UNDER A COPPER MOON is a story of grit, daring, perseverance, and a splash of Lady Marmalade in the late Victorian era when men were strong and women were supposed to be coy and quiet. But no one could convince Inez of that.

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Lilly weaves history with unforgettable characters, and social and moral issues as relevant today as in the Victorian frontier. -- Kudos Entertainment Weekly, November 28, 2007

2008 Historical Finalist medalist -- Next Generation Indie Book Awards -- Historical Finalist, May 2008

Lilly's heroine triumphs in the Victorian Southwest. -- Daily Press, May 11, 2008

One of the most exceptional independently published books of the year. -- Bristol Herald Courier, June 8, 2008 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Cherokee McGhee (November 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979969409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979969409
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Growing up in Bristol, Virginia and then living in Charlotte, North Carolina, the rich storytelling tradition of the South pulled Greg Lilly into writing.

He first turned to writing short stories after plot lines and characters emerged from the technical manuals he wrote for a large family-owned corporation.

Greg Lilly is the author of the Derek Mason Mysteries: FINGERING THE FAMILY JEWELS and SCALPING THE RED ROCKS, plus the novels DEVIL'S BRIDGE and UNDER A COPPER MOON. He is a short story writer, novelist, freelance writer, and magazine editor. He writes and lives in the tidewater area of Virginia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Glimpse into the "Real" Old West June 27, 2010
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It's obvious that Greg did his homework before writing this novel. The effective and thorough research, just the right amount of imagery, colorful characters, and a fast moving plot created a story that kept me entertained from start to finish (a satisfying finish, I might add).

The story gives the reader a glimpse of how the characters deal with diversity and its hardships in an era where societal rules and expectations were much more stringent than they are today. I look forward to more historical fiction by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and excitement with a good dose of history! July 6, 2009
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Greg Lilly brings the late 19th century Arizona Territory to life in this awesome book. Readers will not soon forget the main character, Inez, or her colorful cast of friends and foes. Surprise twists and turns through the town of Jerome and through history itself abound. Who knew that life in a high-end brothel could be so exciting and enlightening?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read July 9, 2013
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This was the first book I ready by this author and I became an instant fan. He portrays a part of the country that I love and have chosen to live in and enjoyed his portrayal of what a mail order bride might have gone through in that era. Would recommend his work to anyone!
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