Madam’s Creek

The Power of Love and the Sting of Betrayal.

Madam's Creek explores the power of love and the sting of betrayal.

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About the Book

Shaped by their mountain landscape, as well as each other, imaginative Maylene Farley and Marcus Lilly grow up as close as twin fawns in the mid-nineteenth century. Soon after the threat of a competitor for Maylene’s affection is resolved, their friendship turns to romance. However, Marcus is conscripted by the Confederacy and drawn into the Civil War. On the home front, turmoil reigns as West Virginia succeeds in breaking away from Virginia, turning Confederate turf into a new Union state. Surviving two close calls and a serious illness, Marcus returns at last to Madam’s Creek to find Maylene gaunt almost beyond recognition, a community marred by murder and mistrust, and his family altered by tragedy. But a more devastating shock, completely unexpected, awaits him at the Farley home. Healed from physical damage, Marcus struggles to mend emotionally as the sweet reunion he anticipated is instead a painful wedge growing between him and Maylene-the refuge he held onto throughout the war. The couple soon learns that the biggest threat to their relationship is not the separation and anxiety imposed by the national conflict; it is something much harder to face head-on…until a remark from a “well-meaning” gossip tears open their shrouded wounds. It is then that a crucial secret is unveiled, and it comes from a source neither Maylene nor Marcus ever considered.

Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Canterbury House Publishing, Imprint of Dudley Court Press
Publication Year: 2020
Length: 181 pages
ISBN: 9781945401428
List Price: 14.95
eBook Price: 4.99
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About the Author
Betsy Reeder

Betsy Reeder grew up in then-rural Maryland and later found her way to Central Appalachia, where she worked as a full-time biologist and part-time writer until her recent retirement. Her avocations include dog-walking, birding, volunteerism, spiritual exploration, natural history, local history, captivating novels, animals (both wild and tame), wandering the woods, and every second spent with family and friends. Although she aspired to be a poet, as she learned about the New River's landscape and history, seeds germinated that led to the writing of her first novel, Madam's Creek (Canterbury House Publishing, 2017). A sequel, Broomstraw Ridge, followed in 2019. Betsy Reeder is especially grateful for the present opportunity to spend more time writing and being a grandma.

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