Following closely on the success of Sautee Shadows, Book One of The Georgia
Gold Series, Canterbury House Publishing and regional author Denise Weimer
announce the release of the second novel in the series, The Gray Divide.
In the halycon days of the 1850s, Georgia's coastal elite find a retreat in the foothills of Habersham County, where half-Cherokee Mahala Franklin goes nose to nose with arrogant rival hotel owner Jack Randall. Well aware she's not of his class - as her Cherokee friend Clay Fraser jealously reminds her - Mahala can't ignore her attraction to the Savannah shipping entrepreneur any better than she can the clues about her father's murder and missing gold left to her in his strongbox. Especially when her unlikely friendship with socialite Carolyn Calhoun constantly thrusts her into Jack's circle! Carolyn's life of privilege might seem a lark to Mahala, but Carolyn is expected to overcome her awkward personality and make a brilliant match between two very different men, rice planter Devereaux Rousseau and his minister brother Dylan. Can she even be sure of the love of the one she chooses, or will she merely be a prize?
Hidden loyalties are exposed and relationships threatened as Georgia seeks to become its own republic, only to be plunged into civil war. Faced with taking over his family's shipping firm, Jack must choose between his Northern convictions and his Southern family, while Devereaux tests himself and his feelings for Carolyn on the battlefields of Virginia.
Of the type of reader who would enjoy her novels, Denise Weimer says, “While I’d imagine the typical reader would be an adult female with an interest in history, I’ve included enough business and military action to lure men, and kept it clean enough for teenagers, who might have a special interest in book one where the main characters are coming to maturity.”
Denise Weimer is a native resident of Georgia. She earned her journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She is the author of romantic novella Redeeming Grace, and her magazine articles about Northeast Georgia have appeared in numerous regional publications. Weimer is also a wife, mother of two daughters, and a life-long living historian. She resided in Habersham County for ten years before her husband’s job took the family to Watkinsville.
The attractive cover designs for the series will continue to feature paintings by acclaimed Georgia artist, John Kollock, whose family letters and diaries were also consulted in research. In addition to book two, for those who missed the release of book one, copies of Sautee Shadows will also be available at Corner Bookstore, located at 43 North Jackson Street, Winder. For more information or to reserve your autographed copy, call (770) 867-5800.
The Gray Divide: Book Two of the Georgia Gold Series is available nationally in bookstores and online retailers as of September 1, 2013. Canterbury House Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-9881897-2-0, trade soft cover, $15.95. For more information about The Georgia Gold Series visit: http://deniseweimerbooks.webs.com.