August is the time of year we start admitting that summer is almost over and autumn is just around the corner. The kids are getting ready to go back to school and their parents are more than likely past ready to send them. If you’re looking to fill out your beach reading for one last gasp of summertime surf and sand, look no further than this month’s intriguing line-up of not-your-usual historical offerings!
A Most Precious Pearl by Piper Huguley
Asa Caldwell returned from the Great War with nothing to show for it—as in nothing below his left knee. Forget about the journalism career he loved. His story is over. Done.
Yet he finds the strength to journey to Winslow, Georgia, to get Ruby Bledsoe Morson’s sister out of trouble. Before he can bring Mags Bledsoe home, though, a spate of mysterious attacks reawakens his investigative instincts.
During the war, Mags did her duty to God and country by stepping into a management role at the textile mill. Now she’s been shuffled back to the rank and file—and Asa has her hard-earned job. Not only is the infernal man doing everything wrong, her plan for revenge against the mill owner who lynched her childhood sweetheart is farther out of reach than ever.
As they clash over almost everything, Mags begins to set fire to Asa’s soul, bright enough to dim the memory of the killing fields of France. Enough to give him a new mission in life—to make her feel the same way.
This is the second book in the author’s Migrations of the Heart series, which follows the Bledsoe sisters during America’s “Great Migration,” when large numbers of southern, rural African-Americans were relocating to northern urban industrial cities. The first book, A Virtuous Ruby was an RWA Golden Heart finalist in 2014, and the author has a third book in the series planned for a November 2015 release.