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Whispered Secrets of the South: Montevallo, Alabama [Kindle Edition]

Shelly Miller , Diana Miller , Audrey Miller
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lions, and crooks, and ghosts, oh my! Far from an exotic movie set location, Montevallo is a quaint college town in the heart of Alabama. You won’t believe the stories from its rural past.

Of course, you shouldn’t believe everything you hear anyway. Some tales are charming, some surreal, and others border on the absurd. Still, you wonder…no one could make this stuff up.

Jean Michelle’s daughter is a student at the University of Montevallo. During parent visits, Jean Michelle stumbles upon a gateway into the past on the University of Montevallo’s campus.

She travels through time to discover if the rumors are true. Only, the characters of the past believe she’s Sally, someone they already know.

She journeys through Cherokee Indian territory with the infamous Red Eagle and sneaks a glimpse of Reynolds Hall’s makeshift Civil War hospital.

A wedding feast turns into a disaster at the King Mansion when an uninvited ghost cuts in during a dance. But this may be Jean Michelle’s only chance to investigate where Mr. King buried his treasure from the Yankees.

Jean Michelle experiences College Night firsthand and must choose a side. The nation’s oldest homecoming tradition is directed behind the scenes by a ghost who likes surprises. Will it be a PV or a GV3?

She even knocks on Condie’s door and meets the former Alabama College’s most famous resident. No one can forget the girl on fire, especially her face.

Jean Michelle returns to the beautiful campus quad where she started her quest. But the familiar Eclipse cat winks as if something is amiss. She has seen that cat somewhere before.

Imagine her surprise when the past catches up with her. Numerous sightings of the historical characters are spotted in the present at Montevallo’s American Village. The only legend missing in action is Sasquatch, although he was recently spotted in nearby Chilton County.

History literally comes alive on the University of Montevallo’s campus. Ghosts of the past linger and appear when least expected. Perhaps there’s more to this geographical center of Alabama than just purple spirit or golden pride.

Should Jean Michelle reveal the secrets whispered to her from the past? Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead. Benjamin Franklin first spoke these wise words, but he is dead. Which reminds me, Montevallo should be added to your list of places to see before you die.

Montevallo, Alabama’s Whispered Secrets of the South is the first in a series of books which unravel the untold secrets of small Southern towns. From church bells, train rails, calaboose jails to ghost tales, this book reeks of wisteria, sweet tea, hospitality, and swinging porch doors.

Although the stories are fictional, they are riddled with real-life histories and mysteries. You can decide which is which.

Note: The cat’s name has been changed to protect his identity.
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P.S. When you finish reading the book, don’t miss the free scavenger hunt list in the back for a fun and interactive way to experience Montevallo, Alabama. Be sure to bring it with you to the next College Night homecoming.


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Featured Historical Fiction Book of the Day June 26, 2013.  Freebooksy.

About the Author

Shelly Miller was born in Owensboro, KY. She graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication and is a certified Master Gardener. After college, she worked as a press aide for a United States Senator in Washington, D.C. before marrying her husband and settling in Madison, Alabama. Together, she and her husband raised three girls in the South.

She taught aerobics and pregnancy exercise classes throughout the community and even completed a half-marathon. Yes, you read it correctly, "half." She considers that to be good enough. She then homeschooled her children and exercised her writing muscles by grading stacks of research papers. She was fired from that job when her children went to public school.

Nowadays, Shelly finds her muse in the garden. Her ideal day is spent writing in the garden. Careful, because if you ask her what she does all day, she will say "nothing," unless she is chasing after her three cats.

Shelly is an Indie Award Winning Author of Tornado Valley: Huntsville's Havoc, and author of Whispered Secrets of the South: Montevallo, Alabama. Volume 1 in her new book series, Whispered Secrets of the South.

Product Details

  • File Size: 256 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1489545905
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0YUBMK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start when you have time to finish it! October 3, 2013
Format:Paperback
I started Whispered Secrets last night when I was looking for a book to read in the tub. It almost cost me a good night's sleep - since I wanted to stay up and finish it. I finally managed to put it down at about the half way point - and then got up this morning and completed it!

Shelly weaves a fun and interesting story about the facts and fiction of Montavello. I look forward to seeing what fun she has in store for us when she finishes the next book in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clever one for sure! July 12, 2013
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Its no secret that Whispered Secrets of the South is a clever one indeed! Just last night at a ladies get-together one of my "literary pals" asked what I was reading. The next question, "what did you think?" My one word response was simply "clever". Of course, one word will never ever do! As I scooped some of an incredible Italian casserole onto my buffet plate, I compared this gem of a book to the food before us. "It would be like learning that a whole lot of vegetables were hidden in the sauce, making it actually good for you."
Whispered Secrets of the South was sort of like that. One minute I am happily neglecting my housework to read a Southern story of a mother and daughter on the brink of college, time travel, an Alice in Wonderland cat, campus college life, ghosts and more ghosts. Then, poof! 114 pages later I have learned more secrets of Montevallo than some people living in Montevallo know. It is sneaky like the hidden vegetables in the Italian casserole.
A real Nancy Drew of a book for grownups! I can't wait to see where Nancy (Ms. Miller) takes us to next in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the title, loved the book! July 3, 2013
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The title of the book really caught my attention because I think there are so many stories to be told and passed on from generation to generation that just aren't being told (or remembered by this generation). It made me realize that I should have taken greater interest in listening to stories my grandparents (that are no longer living) told when they would reminisce about their days of growing up. Coming from a large family, so many stories from long ago are now lost forever. So when I started reading the book, I thought that interspersing the past with the present was a brilliant idea. The author has a special way of drawing you in when she travels back in time. It made me wonder what life would have been like all those years ago. Maybe if my history books in high school and college read more like the stories the author was able to weave, I would have paid more attention in class! I also enjoyed reading about the experience from a mother's point of view of taking her oldest daughter off to college - I could picture myself in that situation as well. The daughter wanting and needing her mother to be there with her for a visit but also not wanting to act like she needed her mom and certainly not wanting her mom to embarrass her by asking questions or drawing attention! I'm looking forward to reading Volume 2 in this series!
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This is a historical fact filled story with the author transporting herself to Civil War times whenever she wanted to make a point about the present circumstances....interesting, sometimes hysterically funny. Well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully whimsical with some history!! March 19, 2014
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Amazing, whimsical with some history! Innovative told in first person, keeps you intrigued for more! Author goes back in time and relives history in a creative wonderful way! Loved it!!
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More About the Author

Shelly Miller was born in Owensboro, KY. She graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication and is a certified Master Gardener. After college, she worked as a press aide for a United States Senator in Washington, D.C. before marrying her husband and settling in Madison, Alabama. Together, she and her husband raised three girls in the South.

Shelly is the Indie Award Winning Author of Tornado Valley: Huntsville's Havoc and author of Whispered Secrets of the South: Montevallo, Alabama. First Volume in a new book series. Whispered Secrets was featured as historical fiction book of the day by Freebooksy.

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