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Emma Parker is a teenager living in one of only two remaining houses in what used to be a busy sawmill community in Central Louisiana. Her mother is dead, and her father is the most hated man in town. Lacking in social graces and a mother’s guiding hand, she is an outcast among most of the town’s people. No one realizes she is gifted until Hugh Giles enters her life. After a brief romance and an untenable conflict with her father’s temper at home, she finds herself in New Orleans where she becomes a familiar face in the French Quarter. But her home still beckons her to return.
The author, who writes under the name J.C. Oliver, was raised in a family that moved frequently, but with close family connections in Central Louisiana. This is his first novel. Link to Amazon here.
Dr. Michael Slayter is a graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. In the last fifty-plus years, he has spent time in private practice and with the Air Force and Army Veterinary Corps, and is board certified in veterinary pathology. Following his military retirement he found his niche in diagnostic pathology, during which his Christian journey called him to be a lay minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He lives in Northern Virginia with Jane, his wife of 51 years. At age 77, he shares details of a youthful, bold, new chapter in his life in which ideals and concepts have guided him along a pathway of understanding. Find it on Amazon here.