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About Kay Chandler
The South has a history of injustices. I know them well. I was born and reared in lower Alabama. Our history is tainted with ugliness. But there’s an old saying that “nothing has ever been sliced so thin that it doesn’t have two sides.” I come from a long line of good, Christian church goers—and also from a line of backwoodsy, redneck moonshiners. The haves. And the have-nots. My two grandmothers had very different views of life during the Depression years. Both have shaped my life, and the seeds passed down have helped shape my novels. My mother was a city girl who in 1935 fell in love with the son of a tenant farmer—a man who retold the same stories countless times and yet I never tired of hearing them. The seeds fell on fertile soil. They’ve taken root and I’m now seeing them spring forth in the lives of my characters. I hope you enjoy these Southern Secrets.
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Ludie Graham Alexander didn’t want to believe the terrible things the landlord said about the man she married less than twelve hours earlier. However, when the facts became indisputable, Ludie realized she should’ve listened to her adoptive parents when they warned her against marrying someone she barely knew. Garth and Gracie Graham had disapproved from the start, but nothing or no one was going to stop her from being with the only man she’d ever loved. No one, that is, until the owner of a rooming house told her more about Schooner Alexander than she ever wanted to know. The awful truth caught her by surprise and she did what she’d learned to do best—she ran away. After setting up camp in the Georgia woods on the outskirts of Atlanta, rumors began to circulate concerning “The Cartersville Swamp Angel.”
But was the Swamp Angel real, or merely a figment of a child’s imagination?
Gracie opens the orphanage at Nine Gables, taking in five young foundlings, only a few days after the wedding. Garth has three weeks to become acquainted with the children before his deportment. Life is good. For a season.
After only sixteen days on the battlefield, comes the dreaded tele-gram from the Secretary of War. Everything that Gracie has believed in, suddenly becomes scrambled like eggs in an omelet. Mercy!
When Alex Holloway meets the beautiful stranger at the ATM, he’s confident this has to be Providence. But will he change his mind when a Private Investigator reveals the shocking truth?
her abuser. The only thing Jacob Gorham’s father can’t afford is a scandal, so the young
parents-to-be are whisked away to Virginia to escape gossip that could end Amos
Gorham’s political career. Now, twenty-three years later, Jacob is caught embezzling and
commits suicide. But that’s only the beginning of Jackie’s woes. Her beautiful daughter
has vanished. Broken and penniless, Jackie leaves Virginia to return to her Alabama
Years ago, Bubba Knox was in love with Jackie Adkison when she mysteriously dropped
out of high school and moved away, setting the rumor mill into motion. Until recently, no
woman since Jackie has turned his head. Was it reaching the big 4-0 that caused him to
consider the wasted years—or could it be no one came along who could make him
forget—until beautiful Greta Pugh showed up in town?
When the flirtatious Lizzie offers Kiah Grave a ride in her new Model A, her cousin warns her it isn’t right. What will townsfolk say if they see her picking up a vagrant at the tracks like a common chippy? Besides, Lizzie’s mother already has a beau picked out for her—Oliver Weinberger, the Senator’s son. But the daring Lancaster heiress has never bowed to protocol. Her quick wit and spunky attitude, which her father deem endearing, grate heavily upon her highfalutin mother’s nerves.
Perhaps if she’d known the truth from the beginning, Lizzie wouldn’t have fallen in love with the mysterious stranger. But she didn’t and those who knew weren’t willing to tell. But like a splinter in the hand, secrets often fester and work their way out.