Shannon here: Lindsey P. Brackett shares the inspiration for three of her Southern Women’s Fiction titles. All comment will go into Friday’s Drawing – Deadline: June 28th, 11:59 pm central time. Find details at the end on how to get your free copy of Lindsey’s latest title, The Bridge Between. Here’s Lindsey:
Edisto Island, South Carolina is a magical place.
For my debut novel, Still Waters, I set the story here, in a quaint cottage on the beach. My characters timed their lives by sunrise and sunset, with the ebb and flow of the tides a constant companion. This steady rhythm became a metaphor for the romance building between a guilt-ridden young woman and the man whose love she believes she cannot deserve.
For Edisto at Christmas, combining the ambiance of Christmas lights strung along river docks with the atmosphere of a southern belle’s wedding made an easy recipe for sweet romance. It’s my hope Magnolia Mistletoe reminds readers we all deserve our own happily ever after.
As I worked on a final book for this series, I wanted to tell a different story. One which takes place on an inland farm bordered by the tidal creeks that cross this land like lifelines. In this story, joy risks burial in the pluff mud of the Lowcountry unless Louisa Coultrie can open her eyes to what’s meant to be.
As a backdrop for first love’s flutters, Edisto Beach worked well. But when I wrote The Bridge Between, a story about rekindling a love that’s lain dormant for far toolong, I sought to understand the other side of the setting.
Edisto is a barrier island along South Carolina’s coast, about 45 miles from Charleston. Its network of tidal creeks wash sediment from the water before it flows back to the sea. Venturing inland, the rising and lowering of tides looks different, but it is no less necessary to a healthy ecosystem.
Marriage, I found, can be like this quiet place. Sometimes we run dry and must wait patiently to be refilled. Sometimes we have to shift loose the debris, so we can start something new.
And when two people cross a bridge they thought was closed for good, it’s every bit as romantic as a first date.
About Lindsey: Lindsey P. Brackett writes southern fiction infused with her rural Georgia upbringing and Lowcountry roots. Her debut novel, Still Waters, inspired by family summers at Edisto Beach, released in 2017. Called “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite writing,” Still Waters was named an INSPY finalist and the 2018 Selah Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Bridge Between, releases in July.
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About the book – The Bridge Between:
Louisa Coultrie Halloway has returned home as caretaker for the family home on Edisto Island, but years before she left this world behind. Now she flounders to find her place. When Liam Whiting, a local professor studying tidal creek preservation, invites Lou to join his research team, she welcomes the opportunity for purpose.
David, her ex-husband, has followed Lou and their children to Edisto. As he finds his footing in this new life, their once strained relationship eases into a familiar rhythm—and he hopes for more.
But the past still has a hold on them all, especially in the presence of Grace Watson, whose son intends to marry Lou and David’s daughter. Somehow, Grace and Lou must let the past of a shared love settle between them.
In this idyllic setting, relationships, like the creeks, deepen and shift. Once more, Lou finds herself caught between the life she’s chosen—and the love that might be meant to be.
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