Buy now from your local Independent Bookstore: Sautee Shadows -Indiebound
Buy from Amazon: Sautee Shadows Kindle Version
Buy from Barnes & Noble: Sautee Shadows Nook Version
Buy from Smashwords: Sautee Shadows - All E-readers
Sautee Shadows: Book one of the Georgia Gold Series is the sweeping saga of four families whose lives intertwine through romance, adventure and murder--linking antebellum Georgia’s coast and mountains during the economic expansion of the 1830s.
Richard Randall’s family moves from New York to Savannah, Georgia to establish a shipping company. Richard’s son Jack finds the southern city alien, his struggle to fit in only intensifying with the death of his mother. Eventually the Randalls follow the example of many other coastal elite--like the rice-planter Rousseaus, customers of Richard’s--by summering in Habersham County’s foothills. Attracted by the possibility of future railroad tourism, Jack decides to purchase a hotel in Clarkesville, where he meets an unexpected competitor--young, lovely and spirited Mahala Franklin.
Orphaned daughter of a man murdered for his gold and a Cherokee mother, Mahala was raised by a farm family in the Sautee Valley and torn from them by her maternal grandmother as a young teen. Mahala’s life has been focused on the clues left in her father’s strongbox and wondering if her father’s murderer is still living in the same town.
Separated by age and class boundaries, Mahala and Jack refuse to acknowledge their similarities and attraction.
As the country hurtles toward division and civil war seems imminent, Habersham’s “summer people” must choose sides and alliances that could sustain or destroy them in the coming decade.
What Reviewers Are Saying About Sautee Shadows:
“An exciting historical novel, its roots in the forced emigration of southeastern tribes and the story expanding into mystery as the Union divides.” –Paul Yarbrough for Southern Literary Review, author of Mississippi Cotton
“Chocked full of history, with dialogue true to the time, characters that intrigue and beguile, and what promises to be an adventurous and exciting journey, this is certain to be an interesting, entertaining series.” – Christy Tillery French, Midwest Book Reviews, author of The Whistling Woman, The Body Guard series, and other Southern novels.
“Sautee Shadows is a rich work of history and heart, showcasing the author's love of a time and place often overlooked in history. Step into the pages of this story and you won't want to step out, nor will you have to as this is a four book series. A wonderful offering from a new novelist!” – Laura Frantz, author of The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, and Love's Reckoning
“A novel as intriguing in its history as it is beautiful in its descriptions. Sautee Shadows will bring to life an era of travesty and dreams and leave the reader wanting more.” –Roseanna White, author of Ring of Secrets and Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland
“Reminds me of the works of one of my favorite southern authors, Eugenia Price.” – Brenda Knight Graham, author of Her Name Was Rebekah and On Wings of Songs