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Sherri Wilson Johnson, The Erie Canal Brides & C.D. Gill, The Apricot Underground
Saturday, March 16 at 1:00pm
THE ERIE CANAL BRIDES
Seven romance stories take you back to the building of the Erie Canal and the opening of the Midwest to greater development.
Completed in 1825, the Erie Canal connected the Great Lakes to the Hudson River, and soon other states like Ohio created canals linking Lake Erie to the Ohio River. Suddenly the Midwest was open to migration, the harvesting of resources, and even tourism. Join seven couples who live through the rise of the canals and the problems the waterways brought to each community, including land grabs, disease, tourists, racism, and competition. Can these couples hang on to their faith and develop love during times of intense change?
THE APRICOT UNDERGROUND
A work-study program in Italy sounds like the perfect way to avoid another soul-sucking summer job to Damon Radov. But what starts as an adventure of a lifetime turns into forced labor for one meal a day, and his push for answers leads to an unexpected enemy holding a gun to his head. In hindsight, getting dumped by his girlfriend via proxy becomes the least of his worries.
Recent university graduate Sasha Zatkov is supposed to be living out her dream in Sofia, Bulgaria. Instead, her adoption agency is in a freefall and she can’t seem to find the ripcord. When a gorgeous Greek man offers her agency an ideal partnership to get around the stricter Bulgarian adoption laws, a problem-free future is within her reach, until her best friend Damon recruits her for an underground mission in Athens, Greece she can’t turn down. Not everyone can be saved, and she doesn’t get to choose the survivors.
Tales From the Foxes Den Anthology Book Signing
Saturday, March 16 at 3:00pm
Come celebrate at a special book launch and signing! Our annual anthology features short stories from local writers who attended a writing class or workshop at FoxTale in 2018. You can say you knew them when!
Books will be available for sale at the event.
Jolina Petersheim, How the Light Gets In & Lauren Denton, Glory Road
Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30pm
FoxTale to discuss and sign their new novels, How the Light Gets In and Glory Road, respectively.
How the Light Gets In: From the highly acclaimed author of The Outcast and The Alliance comes an engrossing novel about marriage and motherhood, loss and moving on.
When Ruth Neufeld’s husband and father-in-law are killed working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law Mabel to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will be a quiet place to grieve and piece together next steps.
Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband’s cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry farm through the harvest. Sifting through fields of berries and memories of a marriage that was broken long before her husband died, Ruth finds solace in the beauty of the land and healing through hard work and budding friendship. She also encounters the possibility of new love with Elam, whose gentle encouragement awakens hopes and dreams she thought she’d lost forever.
But an unexpected twist threatens to unseat the happy ending Ruth is about to write for herself. On the precipice of a fresh start and a new marriage, Ruth must make an impossible decision: which path to choose if her husband isn’t dead after all.
Hooked on Books Book Club, The Butterfly Garden
Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30pm
We will be discussing The Butterfly Garden.
Middle Grade Book Club Discusses The Inquisitor’s Tale
Saturday, March 23 at 10:00am
We’re excited to bring back our Middle Grade Book Club led by Ms. Maritza. We will be discussing The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz. Generally ages 8-14 is perfect for this group. We ask that book club picks be purchased at FoxTale. Book Club members receive 10% off.
Story Time, Gus’ Fortunate Misfortune with author Susan Pepka
Saturday, March 23 at 11:00am
Author Susan Pepka joins us to read her picture book, Gus’ Fortunate Misfortune. Free event! Books will be available for purchase and autograph.
How do you turn a Very Bad Day into a Hopeful New Beginning? Gus, an ordinary mouse, must find a way to do just that. Following a series of unfortunate events, Gus finds himself trapped, separated from his family, and transported far from home. Alone and frightened, the young mouse must confront his deepest fears. Using his wits Gus solves problems and makes discoveries. Adapting to his new surroundings, Gus receives help from an unexpected friend. Each trial brings a new lesson…but will Gus ultimately succeed? Will Gus find what he’s truly looking for? Ages 3-7 generally
Susan Meissner, The Last Year of the War
Saturday, March 23 at 2:00pm
Delighted to welcome back bestselling author Susan Meissner with THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR! Please join us for Muffins & Mimosas with Susan Meissner!
From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and As Bright as Heaven comes a novel about a German American teenager whose life changes forever when her immigrant family is sent to an internment camp during World War II.
Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943–aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity.
The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences.
But when the Sontag family is exchanged for American prisoners behind enemy lines in Germany, Elise will face head-on the person the war desires to make of her. In that devastating crucible she must discover if she has the will to rise above prejudice and hatred and re-claim her own destiny, or disappear into the image others have cast upon her.
The Last Year of the War tells a little-known story of World War II with great resonance for our own times and challenges the very notion of who we are when who we’ve always been is called into question.
River Jordan, Confessions of a Christian Mystic
Saturday, April 6 at 2:00pm
From the author of the bestselling Praying for Stranger, River Jordan bring us Confessions of a Christian Mystic.
Our Karen shares, “River’s ability and willingness to prove into the deepest part of herself is what has always characterized her work, and Confessions of A Christian Mystic is no exception. In fact, it is the epitome of her collective work, always a glimpse of her very human soul. She reminds me to live in the now and not to be distressed in the ordinary life that demands so much of my attention. I’m assured that prayer is often a state of being rather than hidden in the closet, and that both are equally accepted and needed. River shows her map, torn and dirty, with footprints in no particular order and yet they always lead back to the very heart of our existence. This richness, rawness, heart light, heartbreak, a glimpse beyond the veil speaks and speaks and speaks.”
Ridley Pearson, Super Sons
Sunday, April 7 at 2:00pm
Ridley Pearson is back and we couldn’t be more excited!
The polar ice caps have nearly melted away, causing devastation to coastal cities. Erratic, deadly weather forces everyone inland, tearing families apart. Earth is facing its greatest crisis–and Superman and Batman are nowhere to be found.
Jon Kent and Damian “Ian” Wayne are opposite in every way except one–they are the sons of the World’s Greatest Heroes! To uncover a global conspiracy, this unlikely dynamic duo will need to learn to trust each other and work together to save the Earth. But who is the mysterious Candace, and what secrets does she hold that could be the key to everything?
From New York Times best-selling author Ridley Pearson (Kingdom Keepers) and artist Ile Gonzalez comes the first book in an epic new series that follows the Super Sons of Superman and Batman as they struggle to find their place in a rapidly changing world!
FoxTalk Book Club, Love and Other Consolation Prizes
Thursday, April 11 at 6:30pm
We will be discussing Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford.
Kristy Hamby, Chicken Lips
Saturday, April 13 at 11:00am
Who’s ever heard of a cow named Chicken Lips?! Join this silly cow on his quest to discover the meaning behind his name and meet some farm friends along the way!
With a beautiful message to “be your own cow,” this book will leave you smiling and encouraged to just be yourself!
Martha Hall Kelly, Lost Roses Book Discussion & Signing
Thursday, April 18 at 6:30pm
Martha Hall Kelly, author of the NYT bestselling Lilac Girls, discusses and signs her brand new novel Lost Roses, a Lilac Girls prequel.
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Jessica Handler, The Magnetic Girl
Saturday, April 20 at 2:00pm
Excited to welcome Jessica Handler Author Page back to FoxTale! You won’t want to miss this book discussion and signing!
In rural north Georgia two decades after the Civil War, thirteen-year-old Lulu Hurst reaches high into her father’s bookshelf and pulls out an obscure book, The Truth of Mesmeric Influence. Deemed gangly and undesirable, Lulu wants more than a lifetime of caring for her disabled baby brother, Leo, with whom she shares a profound and supernatural mental connection.
“I only wanted to be Lulu Hurst, the girl who captivated her brother until he could walk and talk and stand tall on his own. Then I would be the girl who could leave.”
Lulu begins to “captivate” her friends and family, controlling their thoughts and actions for brief moments at a time. After Lulu convinces a cousin she conducts electricity with her touch, her father sees a unique opportunity. He grooms his tall and indelicate daughter into an electrifying new woman: The Magnetic Girl. Lulu travels the Eastern seaboard, captivating enthusiastic crowds by lifting grown men in parlor chairs and throwing them across the stage with her “electrical charge.”
While adjusting to life on the vaudeville stage, Lulu harbors a secret belief that she can use her newfound gifts, as well as her growing notoriety, to heal her brother. As she delves into the mysterious book’s pages, she discovers keys to her father’s past and her own future–but how will she harness its secrets to heal her family?
Gorgeously envisioned, The Magnetic Girl is set at a time when the emerging presence of electricity raised suspicions about the other-worldly gospel of Spiritualism, and when women’s desire for political, cultural, and sexual presence electrified the country. Squarely in the realm of Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder and Leslie Parry’s Church of Marvels, The Magnetic Girl is a unique portrait of a forgotten period in history, seen through the story of one young woman’s power over her family, her community, and ultimately, herself.
Anna Jean Mayhew, Tomorrow’s Bread
Saturday, April 27 at 2:00pm
From the author of the acclaimed The Dry Grass of August comes a richly researched yet lyrical Southern-set novel that explores the conflicts of gentrification—a moving story of loss, love, and resilience.
In 1961 Charlotte, North Carolina, the predominantly black neighborhood of Brooklyn is a bustling city within a city. Self-contained and vibrant, it has its own restaurants, schools, theaters, churches, and night clubs. There are shotgun shacks and poverty, along with well-maintained houses like the one Loraylee Hawkins shares with her young son, Hawk, her Uncle Ray, and her grandmother, Bibi. Loraylee’s love for Archibald Griffin, Hawk’s white father and manager of the cafeteria where she works, must be kept secret in the segregated South.
Loraylee has heard rumors that the city plans to bulldoze her neighborhood, claiming it’s dilapidated and dangerous. The government promises to provide new housing and relocate businesses. But locals like Pastor Ebenezer Polk, who’s facing the demolition of his church, know the value of Brooklyn does not lie in bricks and mortar. Generations have lived, loved, and died here, supporting and strengthening each other. Yet street by street, longtime residents are being forced out. And Loraylee, searching for a way to keep her family together, will form new alliances—and find an unexpected path that may yet lead her home.
Kim Michele Richardson in conversation with Joshilyn Jackson
Thursday, May 2 at 6:30pm
One of our foxy favorites is back with a brand new Southern story based on true events. Let’s welcome back Kim Michele Richardson! Kim will be in conversation with another fox favorite, the fabulous Joshilyn Jackson!
The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything ― everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome’s got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.
Cussy’s not only a book woman, however, she’s also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy’s family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she’s going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.
Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere ― even back home.
Brian Panowich, Like Lions
Saturday, May 4 at 2:00pm
Our author friend Brian Panowich – Writer returns to FoxTale with LIKE LIONS!
A powerful follow up to multiple award-winning debut Bull Mountain.
Brian Panowich burst onto the crime fiction scene in 2015, winning awards and accolades from readers and critics alike for his smoldering debut, Bull Mountain. Now with Like Lions, he cements his place as one of the outstanding new voices in crime fiction.
Clayton Burroughs is a small-town Georgia sheriff, a new father, and, improbably, the heir apparent of Bull Mountain’s most notorious criminal family.
As he tries to juggle fatherhood, his job and his recovery from being shot in the confrontation that killed his two criminally-inclined brothers last year, he’s doing all he can just to survive. Yet after years of carefully toeing the line between his life in law enforcement and his family, he finally has to make a choice.
When a rival organization makes a first foray into Burroughs territory, leaving a trail of bodies and a whiff of fear in its wake, Clayton is pulled back into the life he so desperately wants to leave behind. Revenge is a powerful force, and the vacuum left by his brothers’ deaths has left them all vulnerable. With his wife and child in danger, and the way of life in Bull Mountain under siege for everyone, Clayton will need to find a way to bury the bloody legacy of his past once and for all.
FoxTalk Book Club, Windy City Blues
Thursday, May 9 at 6:30pm
We will be discussing Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen Author!
Story Time with Sheri Dillard, Cowhide-And-Seek
Saturday, May 11 at 11:00am
A fun and humorous picture book about a cow playing hide and seek, perfect for fans of Click, Clack, Moo.
Where, oh where, could Bessie be?
When Bessie hears the farmer counting his cows, she thinks he’s starting a game of hide-and-seek. She hurries off to hide, determined to be the winner- but she’s the only one playing! When her “hiding spot” walks away, she follows it . . . right off the farm! Ready or not, here comes the farmer! Will Bessie find the perfect place to hide?
Diane C. McPhail, The Abolitionist’s Daughter
Saturday, May 11 at 1:00pm
In her sweeping debut, Diane C. McPhail offers a powerful, profoundly emotional novel that explores a little-known aspect of Civil War history—Southern Abolitionists—and the timeless struggle to do right even amidst bitter conflict.
On a Mississippi morning in 1859, Emily Matthews begs her father to save a slave, Nathan, about to be auctioned away from his family. Judge Matthews is an abolitionist who runs an illegal school for his slaves, hoping to eventually set them free. One, a woman named Ginny, has become Emily’s companion and often her conscience—and understands all too well the hazards an educated slave must face. Yet even Ginny could not predict the tangled, tragic string of events set in motion as Nathan’s family arrives at the Matthews farm.
A young doctor, Charles Slate, tends to injured Nathan and begins to court Emily, finally persuading her to become his wife. But their union is disrupted by a fatal clash and a lie that will tear two families apart. As Civil War erupts, Emily, Ginny, and Emily’s stoic mother-in-law, Adeline, each face devastating losses. Emily—sheltered all her life—is especially unprepared for the hardships to come. Struggling to survive in this raw, shifting new world, Emily will discover untapped inner strength, an unlikely love, and the courage to confront deep, painful truths.
In the tradition of Cold Mountain, The Abolitionist’s Daughter eschews stereotypes of the Civil War South, instead weaving an intricate and unforgettable story of survival, loyalty, hope, and redemption.
Emily Carpenter, Until The Day I Die & E.C. Diskin, Desperate Paths
Saturday, May 11 at 3:00pm
UNTIL THE DAY I DIE
From the bestselling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls comes a riveting novel about a mother and daughter separated by grief, secrets, and a conspiracy that threatens to destroy their lives.
If there’s a healthy way to grieve, Erin Gaines hasn’t found it. After her husband’s sudden death, the runaway success of the tech company they built with their best friends has become overwhelming. Her nerves are frayed, she’s disengaged, and her frustrated daughter, Shorie, is pulling away from her. Maybe Erin’s friends and family are right. Maybe a few weeks at a spa resort in the Caribbean islands is just what she needs to hit the reset button…
Shorie is not only worried about her mother’s mental state but also for the future of her parents’ company. Especially when she begins to suspect that not all of Erin’s colleagues can be trusted. It seems someone is spinning an intricate web of deception—the foundation for a conspiracy that is putting everything, and everyone she loves, at risk. And she may be the only one who can stop it.
Now, thousands of miles away in a remote, and oftentimes menacing, tropical jungle, Erin is beginning to have similar fears. Things at the resort aren’t exactly how the brochure described, and unless she’s losing her mind, Erin’s pretty sure she wasn’t sent there to recover—she was sent to disappear.
She knew everything about her family and her town. Except its secrets.
Brooklyn Anderson knows it looks bad. She was found wiping down a gun. His blood on her hands. Her father now dead. The incomprehensible nightmare has started.
Seven days earlier, Brooklyn had returned to Eden to care for her beloved father, who lay helpless in a hospital bed. Her estranged sister, Ginny, said he fell. But as Brooklyn soon realizes, Ginny is prone to lying.
Former Eden resident Darius Woods was in the hospital too. The famous actor had written a screenplay that would lay bare all the secrets of the town, but within hours of his return, someone shot him.
As the Woods investigation proceeds, and Brooklyn starts to question everything she believes about her family, her neighbors, and her home, secrets and lies begin to unravel. But nothing can prepare her for where those lies will finally lead.
And sharing the truth of what happened the night her father died might just make things worse.
Wendy Wax, My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding
Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30pm
Our foxy friend, bestselling author Wendy Wax, is back with My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding and we can’t wait!
A wedding dress passed down through generations unravels the tangled threads of three women’s lives in a novel of friendship, family, and forgiveness from the USA Today bestselling author of Ten Beach Road.
Prized and stored away for safekeeping, the timeless ivory wedding dress, with its scooped neck and cleverly fitted bodice, sits gently folded in its box, whispering of Happily Ever Afters. To Kendra, Brianna, and Lauren it’s a reminder of what could have been, the promise of a fairy tale, and a friendship torn apart. But as Kendra knows firsthand: it wasn’t the dress’s fault.
Once closer than sisters, Lauren and Bree have grown up and grown apart, allowing broken promises and unfulfilled dreams to destroy their friendship. A successful author, Lauren returns home to the Outer Banks, fiancé in tow, to claim the dress she never thought she’d wear. While Bree, a bookstore owner, grapples with the realities of life after you marry the handsome prince. As the former best friends wrestle with their uncertain futures, they are both certain of one thing: some betrayals can never be forgiven.
Now on the eve of her daughter Lauren’s wedding, Kendra struggles with a secret she’s kept for far too long. And vows to make sure the dress will finally bring Lauren and Bree back together—knowing they’ll need each other to survive the coming storm.
Chris Perondi, The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever
Thursday, May 16 at 6:30pm
Dog Lovers! Chris Perondi from Stunt Dog Show Productions joins us for a fun and informative event celebrating his new book.
A step-by-step guide to more than 100 dog tricks, specially designed for effective training, for pure fun, and even for turning your dog into a YouTube star, from the coauthor of the tremendously successful and much-praised Training the Best Dog Ever and the genius behind “The Stunt Dog Show,” which performs more than 1,000 shows a year.
All the dogs have been rescued from pounds and shelters from across the country. Their mission is to promote pet adoption, responsible pet ownership, and educate on the importance of spay and neutering. During every show they take time to share their mission and encourage everyone to spend more time with their pets at home.
Lauren Willig in conversation w/Karen White, The Summer Country
Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30pm
Fox fave and international bestselling author Lauren Willig is back with a stand alone novel sure to sweep you off your feet to a whole other world — Barbados! Lauren will be in conversation with NYT bestselling author Karen White!
The New York Times bestselling historical novelist delivers her biggest, boldest, and most ambitious novel yet—a sweeping Victorian epic of lost love, lies, jealousy, and rebellion set in colonial Barbados.
Barbados, 1854: Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous English merchant clan– merely a vicar’s daughter, and a reform-minded vicar’s daughter, at that. Everyone knows that the family’s lucrative shipping business will go to her cousin, Adam, one day. But when her grandfather dies, Emily receives an unexpected inheritance: Peverills, a sugar plantation in Barbados—a plantation her grandfather never told anyone he owned.
When Emily accompanies her cousin and his new wife to Barbados, she finds Peverills a burnt-out shell, reduced to ruins in 1816, when a rising of enslaved people sent the island up in flames. Rumors swirl around the derelict plantation; people whisper of ghosts.
Why would her practical-minded grandfather leave her a property in ruins? Why are the neighboring plantation owners, the Davenants, so eager to acquire Peverills? The answer lies in the past— a tangled history of lies, greed, clandestine love, heartbreaking betrayal, and a bold bid for freedom.
A brilliant, multigenerational saga in the tradition of THE THORN BIRDS and NORTH AND SOUTH, THE SUMMER COUNTRY will beguile readers with its rendering of families, heartbreak, and the endurance of hope against all odds.
Robert Buettner, My Enemy’s Enemy
Thursday, June 6 at 6:30pm
In September 1939, Nazi mystic Heinrich Himmler, The Holocaust’s mastermind, conscripts physicist Peter Winter to devise a secret weapon of supernatural power, and a revolutionary aircraft to deliver it. Himmler wants to win both World War II and the contest to succeed Hitler. But Peter, and his Jewish wife, Rachel, have their own agenda.
In April 1945, novice Aerial Photographer Specialist Jimmy Righetti arrives in England from Brooklyn, spoiling for a fight. But with Germany reeling, Jimmy’s running out of war.
In 2020 Pakistan, the elite terrorist known only as The Asp survives a US drone strike, then undertakes a solo mission to penetrate America’s heartland, and revive Radical Islam.
In 2021, aircraft historian Cass Gooding and aging Colorado cowboy Frank Luck unlock an aviation relic’s secret.
Atop North America’s backbone, old secrets collide with new, and Cass and Frank must prevent World War III, or die trying.
Liv Constantine, The Last Time I Saw You
Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30pm
We loved THE LAST MRS. PARRISH and are thrilled to welcome Liv Constantine to FoxTale with THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU!
The internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish follows that success with an addictive novel filled with shocking twists about the aftermath of a brutal high-society murder.
Dr. Kate English has it all. Not only is she the heiress to a large fortune; she has a gorgeous husband and daughter, a high-flying career, and a beautiful home anyone would envy.
But all that changes the night Kate’s mother, Lily, is found dead, brutally murdered in her own home. Heartbroken and distraught, Kate reaches out to her estranged best friend, Blaire Barrington, who rushes to her side for the funeral, where the years of distance between them are forgotten in a moment.
That evening, Kate’s grief turns to horror when she receives an anonymous text: You think you’re sad now, just wait. By the time I’m finished with you, you’ll wish you had been buried today. More than ever, Kate needs her old friend’s help.
Once Blaire decides to take the investigation into her own hands, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems in Baltimore high society. As infidelity, lies, and betrayals come to light, and tensions rise to a boiling point, she begins to alienate Kate’s friends and relatives with her relentless, accusatory questions, as she tries to find Lily’s killer. The murderer could be anyone—friend, neighbor, loved one. But whoever it is, it’s clear that Kate is next on their list. . .
In The Last Time I Saw You, Liv Constantine takes the lightning pace of The Last Mrs. Parrish and raises the stakes, creating an exquisitely tension-filled and absorbing tale of psychological suspense in which innocent lives—and one woman’s sanity—hang in the balance.
Mary Alice Monroe, The Summer Guests
Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30pm
We love her, you love her, other authors love her…we’re excited to welcome back the one and only, NYT bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe with her new novel, THE SUMMER GUESTS.
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances—or perhaps because of them—you discover what is most important in life.
Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast—the peach trees are ripe, the ocean is warm, and the sweet tea is icy. A perfect time to enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch. But beneath the calm surface bubbles a threat: it’s also the beginning of peak hurricane season.
When a sudden storm threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flee for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina: the Phillips’s daughter Moira and her rescue dogs, famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz, makeup artist Hannah McLain, horse breeder Gerda Klug and her daughter Elise, and island resident Cara Rutledge. They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can carry. Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together.
During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters wasn’t what they brought with them to the mountains: but what they’ll take with them once they leave.
With Mary Alice Monroe’s “usual resplendent storytelling” (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author), The Summer Guests is a poignant and compelling story of self-discovery, love, and redemption.
Laura Kamoie & Kate Quinn, Ribbons of Scarlet
Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30pm
Six bestselling and award-winning authors bring to life a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers—six unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution. We’re delighted to welcome two of these great authors, Laura Kamoie and Kate Quinn to FoxTale!
Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution—and change the world.
In late eighteenth-century France, women do not have a place in politics. But as the tide of revolution rises, women from gilded salons to the streets of Paris decide otherwise—upending a world order that has long oppressed them.
Blue-blooded Sophie de Grouchy believes in democracy, education, and equal rights for women, and marries the only man in Paris who agrees. Emboldened to fight the injustices of King Louis XVI, Sophie aims to prove that an educated populace can govern itself–but one of her students, fruit-seller Louise Audu, is hungrier for bread and vengeance than learning. When the Bastille falls and Louise leads a women’s march to Versailles, the monarchy is forced to bend, but not without a fight. The king’s pious sister Princess Elisabeth takes a stand to defend her brother, spirit her family to safety, and restore the old order, even at the risk of her head.
But when fanatics use the newspapers to twist the revolution’s ideals into a new tyranny, even the women who toppled the monarchy are threatened by the guillotine. Putting her faith in the pen, brilliant political wife Manon Roland tries to write a way out of France’s blood-soaked Reign of Terror while pike-bearing Pauline Leon and steely Charlotte Corday embrace violence as the only way to save the nation. With justice corrupted by revenge, all the women must make impossible choices to survive–unless unlikely heroine and courtesan’s daughter Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe can sway the man who controls France’s fate: the fearsome Robespierre.
Karen White, The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street
Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30pm
Save the Date, Melanie and Jack are back on October 22, 2019! We can’t wait to celebrate The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street with Karen White and y’all then! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer!