Rural North Carolina, 1973
At first, Paula Raye Lawrence is dead set on leaving the small farming community of Cherry, North Carolina. She’s willing to work in the cucumber fields, take in sewing, and tutor GED students to realize her dream of escaping her rural roots (and past mistakes) to become a big-city math teacher.
But then a visit from Dr. Edward Anderson, a young handsome history professor, from UNC Chapel Hill changes her mind. Through Edward’s eyes, Paula begins to see the influences of Harriet Tubman and Booker T. Washington hidden in plain sight all around her tiny coastal North Carolina community.
After rumors surface about why he’s not fighting in the war raging in Vietnam, she begins to doubt his real romantic intentions. Is he worth giving up her dreams for or is he just like her late father — just another rolling stone.
THIS IS BOOK 2 IN THE NEWLAND ROAD ROMANCE SERIES
“A 1970s era sweet romance with a poignant message of love and forgiveness.”
IN THE MIDST of the oil embargo of 1974, single mother Tina Raye Lawrence has a crisis of her own. The car she’s saved up for gets wrecked by a handsome newcomer named Chas Warren, then she loses her job. Will joblessness (and loneliness) make her lower her guard with Chas? She’s got her daughter to consider and her own relationship with God. As she beats the pavement for work, she finds solace in Gospel music. Can a handful of hymns help her stay strong in the face of her growing attraction to her new Newland Road neighbor?
Chas is at his wit’s end when his forced academic sabbatical turns into a dismissal and then his estranged wife grants him custody of their small son. Jobless and discouraged, he decides to settle in with his cousin Dr. Edward Anderson (from Book 1, History Lessons) in the wilds of rural North Carolina to rediscover his first love — music. He’s never had a place for religion in his life. Should he pursue this pretty church lady Tina Lawrence or should he just keep walking?
Leslie Lawrence is running from trouble she stirred up in the Big Apple. Her dreams of being an actress on Broadway didn’t pan out and she needs a place to hide until things blow over. Creswell, North Carolina, the little swamp town her shifty old man, Ray Lawrence, used to tell her about, seems like a good place to lay low for a while.
She didn’t count on meeting a good-looking country boy named Johnny Ellington (from Newland Road series, Books 1 and 2) and she didn’t count on getting stuck in a little one-diner town during the biggest hurricane of 1976. Johnny’s smarter than he looks. Can she risk getting closer to him and the two Jesus-loving half-sisters she didn’t know she had? Or is this a recipe for disaster?