Mary's Novels

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Abi of Cyrene: Link to YouTube Slideshow

I'm bringing you some of my new novel, Abi of Cyrene, in serial form, posted in this blog. Why is my blog called The Collard Patch? A few years ago I went on a collard-cooking binge and wrote a cookbook. I started posting from the collard patch and kept using that blog.
The idea of posting serial chapters came from a great writer, Charles Dickens. He placed entire books such as Oliver Twist, one chapter at a time, in periodicals.
I'm sharing the first twelve chapters in The Collard Patch. Each of the twelve chapters in the blog has a picture to help you visualize the setting of Abi's time.
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Abi of Cyrene.
We have few known facts about the wife of Simon of Cyrene. Most of the characters in this historical novel are fictional. The larger events appear in historical records. Having made a careful study in order to adhere to the customs of the day, I offer this fictional account with no intention to add to or take away from the Scripture but to show what the extraordinary life of an ordinary woman could have become.

Secret Promise, Book One of The Covington Chronicles
Caroline has her dream fulfilled. In Taylorsburg, Mississippi, in 1907, there is a new school where she teaches lower elementary classes. As a young woman with a servant’s heart, she seeks nothing for herself. She suffers a wound that refuses to heal. Believing that the damage she has endured from abuse has rendered her unlovable, she knows she will never marry or allow any man to fall in love with her.

Meanwhile, Jake MacGregor moves to Taylorsburg to take over his uncle’s store. He is a desirable bachelor, the type many local young women have dreamed of. His brain tells him he needs the business of socially prominent women for his store to survive. His heart tells him that the lovely Caroline, who seems to be an outcast, is the most interesting woman he has ever met.

Social issues of racial discord, abuse, inadequate education, and prohibition dominate the scene of Mississippi in the early 1900’s. In this setting, will Caroline have enough courage to embrace life? Will Jake overcome his anger at God for taking his parents and uncle from him in a tornado? How will he deal with having his plans dashed?

The Courtship of Miss Loretta Larson, Book Two of The Covington Chronicles (You don't have to read the first one first.)

Loretta Larson, a southern lady in the early 1900’s, has everything she needs except a man. Ensnared by memories of lost romance, limited by codes of etiquette, and unimpressed by the eligible suitors in her town, she pursues an escape from her solitary life.

Where can she find a man who will accept her quirks? He also must appreciate the refinements of culture. Not only must her man love her. He must nurture her efforts to fix what she sees wrong in her world—inadequate education, denied voting rights, and animosity toward impoverished Italian immigrants.

One more requirement—he must be excited about giving her his time and affection. In return she will give him her heart. In a time and place when men dominate society, how can any man possibly court Miss Loretta Larson?

The Dream Bucket, Book Three of The Covington Chronicles (You don't have to read the other two first.)

Ten-year-old Trudy loves Papa more than anybody else until she hears him slap Zoe, her mother. She is so angry at him she wishes he’d die. When he accidentally sets fire to the family mansion and dies in the fire, she is not prepared for the shock. William has cautioned Zoe not to pry into his financial arrangements. She wants to know where he keeps his money in case his life should end. How will she survive as a widow? The family has nowhere to call home except a sharecropper’s shack.

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