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Happy New Year and goodbye to 1931 …


Some say the new woman in town is a troublemaker, but Winkler is already in trouble. Two years after the stock market crash, hard times have come to everyone. As the population declines and the mine threatens to close, May Rose and her friends work to save the school, the hospital and the town with their talents and persistence. By the end of 1931, an orphan has found a home, two friends have become a couple, and the new woman in town may be the one who can save it. 

Down in the Valley is the twelfth book in the Mountain Women Series, bringing to life the struggles, triumphs, friendships and loves of women in a small West Virginia town in the early 1900s.

For the best experience, read the books in order to see how the characters grow and their lives change. Here’s a list of books in the series, with links to Amazon:

  1. The Girl on the Mountain
  2. Cold Comfort
  3. Midwinter Sun
  4. The Women’s War
  5. The Boardinghouse
  6. Kith and Kin
  7. Fools for Love
  8. The Meaning of Us
  9. Hearts and Souls
  10. The Promise of Mondays
  11. Pressing On
  12. Down in the Valley
  13. For the Love of Jamie Long (A novella, prequel to the series)



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A Merry Mountain Christmas

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Blush level: So very sweet it will bring cavities!

“Now, this is what an adult Christmas story should be. It showed all the challenges that one has to face when you have become widowed such as how to take back your life, how to deal with your adult child, how to deal with loneliness and what to do when an old love re-enters your life. These are all questions that were beautifully answered in this story. I loved the pups  and her outreach to the community.” ~Crystal Crossings, Amazon VINE VOICE

A Merry Mountain Christmas stars none other than Fran, the woman who has been a mother to all of the characters in the previous books. In this Christmas novella, it’s Fran’s turn to find love. She reunites…

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A thoughtful review of a book you’ve read or have put on your TBR list. Check this out.


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens sat on my book shelf for months waiting patiently until I had the time and inclination to read. Highly recommended from friends, the book remained unopened.

Then I attended a writer’s workshop with several successful authors. A question asked of a local North Carolina bestselling author resulted in a wave of comments raising disdain for the acclaimed novel.

Guess what I did when I came home? Right. I opened the book and dug into it. Before I heard one more comment–negative or positive–I needed to determine for myself what I thought about the book. Same way I felt about Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee .

Once started, I had to finish. Good sign. The language of the naturalist captured me in its net. I lost myself in the descriptions of island life off the coast of North Carolina where even the…

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