Family relationships told in fiction

Southern fiction meets with the elite world of affluence and PTA moms in “The Night The Lights Went Out” by New York Times bestselling author Karen White.

Merilee has moved her children to the Atlanta suburb Sweet Apple after her divorce. She finds her new landlord, 93-year-old Sugar Prescott to be a bit of a busybody. But away from home, she meets Heather Blackford, the queen of the town and the school moms, who soon takes Merilee under her wing.

When a gossip blog centered around the turn leaks the circumstances behind Merilee’s marriage, she finds this small town has its share of secrets, backstabbers and shame. And no one is excluded from that.

A Southern gothic thriller with compelling characters, this will please readers of the genre.

“The Night The Lights Went Out” is published by Berkley. It is $26 and 406 pages long.


Family secrets are explored in “The Hideaway” by Lauren K. Denton.

Sara has returned to her grandmother’s B&B in the small town of Sweet Bay in Alabama, to finalize the estate. She soon learns her grandmother willed her the place with the intention of renovating it. And it has residents — her grandmother’s friends.

What was going to be simple suddenly becomes more complicated, especially when she uncovers a box in the attic that sheds new light on her grandmother, and makes her investigate her past more. What secrets will Sara uncover? Will she finish her project? And, as a land developer seems determined to sweep up the property, will all of her hard work even matter?

A warm story of finding a new life and a look at the choices we make, this one will resonate with readers.

“The Hideaway “ is published by Thomas Nelson. It is $15.99 and 352 pages long.


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