Forced from the only life she's ever known and molded into her grandmother's idea of a proper young lady, Mahala Franklin finds life in Clarkesville lonely and full of challenges. But there are at least pieces of the puzzle of her past to be fit together, and relationships that will shape her future ... with Clay Fraser, her Cherokee friend who wants to be so much more, with wealthy entrepreneur and competitor Jack Randall, with whom Mahala doesn't dare to dream of more, and with Carolyn Calhoun, unwilling socialite caught between her feelings for two very different brothers.
As the lives of the coastal "summer people" mingle with those of Habersham's natives, a tapestry of love, friendship and intrigue unfolds, a tapestry laced with a brilliant thread that will lure you through all four books of The Georgia Gold Series.
Jack Randall: Hardened early by the death of his mother and the remarriage of his Northern father, he succeeds in the family's Savannah shipping firm and at keeping others at arm's length, until he meets ...
Mahala Franklin: The orphaned daughter of a Cherokee mother and a murdered father, Mahala is torn between the Sautee Valley farm family who raised her and her white innkeeper grandmother. The path of her future is inextricably linked to the mystery of her past -- her father's death and his missing gold. Will she find her place beside her Cherokee sweetheart, or can she belong in the world of "the summer people" in the arms of fierce competitor Jack Randall and by virtue of unexpected friendship with ...
Carolyn Calhoun: Expected to rise above her youthful insecurities to make a brilliant match, she finds herself drawn to two brothers, Devereaux and Dylan Rousseau. With one, she finds kinship and devotion. With the other, the desire for a life together that may be forever out of reach ...
Devereaux Rousseau: As the son of a wealthy rice planter, everything he's ever wanted has been his. His search for meaning leads him from the battlefield to the tender arms of his distant cousin. Will he recognize what is within his grasp before it is too late? Or will his brother, Dylan, a minister unwillingly swept along in the turmoil of the times, be the one who wins Carolyn's heart?
The gold: Mined from the Georgia earth, minted in Dahlonega and eventually comprising part of the lost Confederate treasure, it weaves through the story, sometimes uniting, sometimes dividing, but always a glistening vein, just beneath the surface ...
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Praise for The Georgia Gold Series:
- " ... 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 The Lost Heiress
- " ... 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
- " ... 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 Song
- "Sautee Shadows is a rich work of history and heart. ... Step into the pages of this story and you won't want to step out. ... 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
- "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
- The Crimson Bloom:
"Wartime rigors, loss of love, disruption of lives, and the
Confederacy's struggle to survive. It is well written, engaging,
romantic and yet realistic. It should appeal to all romantics as well as
those who enjoy a Civil War mystery novel." -- Wayne Wolf, Civil War News
- "Denise Weimer has crafted a sensitive, realistic, and conflict-ridden story that clearly delineates the temptations and struggles of Reconstruction. Add to the conflict a treasure of gold found and secretly used. Bright as Gold is a vigorous, entertaining and engaging story of the mettle required to survive disaster. Notable historical fiction!" -- Viviane Crystal, Historical Novel Society