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Mama's Secret: An Enid Gilchrist Mystery (#2)

By Sylvia A. Nash


Genealogist Enid Gilchrist thought she was going to help patron Maude Everly keep a promise and uncover a family secret. Now as she and Maude search through the contents of a generations-old dower chest, they discover clues to more family secrets, troubling secrets from the Civil War years that someone is desperate to keep buried.
As a child, Maude had promised her great-grandmother she would search for the secret and a lost baby doll. Family pressure and the struggle to survive during the Great Depression drove the promise from her young mind. Her recent discovery of a photograph of escaped slaves in an 1862 newspaper advertisement pulled the memory back.
Enid expected their search to plunge them into the turmoil of the great rebellion, but she never dreamed it would pull that turmoil into their present-day rural West Tennessee community and threaten their lives.
Can they discover all of the family secrets in time to save their lives? In time for ninety-year-old Maude to keep her promise?

Book Takeaway:

I think what we as readers take away from any story depends on what we bring to the story by way of our own experiences. I do hope each of my stories helps each reader to resolve an issue in his or her life.

Why the author wrote this book:

I always start out with an idea for what I hope will be a decent mystery. The story always takes over and adds something more than the mystery. MAMA'S SECRET began with the idea of a promise made in the past and finally kept in the present. Along the way, the story led me to look backward to the trauma experienced by everyone during the Civil War days and forward to how far we have or haven't come since then--and maybe to where we might go from here.


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