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One True Place Paperback – June 15, 2010
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"I enjoyed the story tremendously. True Cowley is a flawed but loveable character who I could sympathize with and cheer for with each turn of the page. I loved the interaction between her and Jackson and the way the romance developed slowly and sweetly.... Having enjoyed the author's debut novel, LILY IN BLOOM, I was excited to return to southern Alabama and reconnect with some of the characters from that first book. The author's skillful descriptions, both of people and setting, seemed to transport me into this charming village filled with unusual people and beautiful flora.
Margaret P. Cunningham writes with humor and grace, weaving a tale that is filled with romance and surprises. ONE TRUE PLACE offers its readers so many things - romance, mystery, and a lovely story of a woman's quest to reconcile herself with her past. I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a light, humorous, southern love story. " Lily in Bloom
Courtesy of Maisy Downey a longtime friend of True's family, True has a job as events coordinator at Oak View the magnificent old antebellum home where she had lived as a small child. There she finds herself in the middle of a "secret" search, by many of the locals, for a will and a journal both connected to her and a possible inheritance.
Jackson Bean, True's landlord is kin to Maisy Downey. They watch over True as she finds her way into the workings of a society with deep roots in Belle Hill -- a somewhat insular society. Jackson has far more income than he has job, which is one of the town's long-running gossip subjects, even though he is an intricate part of the doings in the community. While True labels him the Marlboro man, for he is handsome, she declares him not-for-her. His secretiveness reminds her of the secrets her husband had kept from her.
Margaret P. Cunningham's descriptions of places and feelings are exquisite. Her character development makes them vibrant and so life-like. Many of the secondary characters make One True Place simmer, sizzle, and boil with action.
The pompous Dr. Bertram Wallace Ph.D. and his obsession with Oak View and his place of power is a pain in the neck, while Jane E., a cousin of Jackson's who does most of the catering for Oak View events, is an invaluable friend to True. Jane E.'s unvarnished truths about some of the characters make chuckles and giggles bubble up. She says Jackson is a wild card that is messed and for a very good reason. She adds that he has personality plus, he understands women and likes them, but he also likes to hunt and fish with his buddies down on the delta.
The "old-maid" Honeychurch sisters are eccentrics with ulterior motives. They invite Jackson and True to dinner and serve mojitos made with 150 proof rum along with soggy leftovers filched from an Oak View party. However, the black man Carver and the eccentric, fortune-telling, rich Maisy Downey influence the unfolding of True's life story in tantalizing style.
Margaret P. Cunningham weaves many attention-getting characters into One True Place as she creates a story that is super entertaining while she unravels True's past and nudges her into a future full of love that promises to protect and fulfill her deepest longings. A GREAT STORY!
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