Somebody's Darling: A Novel
Jessie Gibbs is a young musician living in present-day Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Frustrated by her single state and stalled performing career, she seeks adventure and romance as camp cook for a Civil War re-enactors’ group. One moonlit night in the woods near her unit’s encampment, she meets a man whose motley Confederate uniform suggests that he’s a fellow re-enactor. Lemuel Sanders is handsome and soft-spoken, with an old-fashioned courtesy – everything she has wanted in a man. He’s clearly interested in her. There is just one drawback: He’s a ghost.
Lem tells Jessie that he is the spirit of a soldier killed in the 1862 battle of Stones River and hastily buried with six other Rebels in an unmarked grave. He has a mission: to enlist a living person to find his family in the Smoky Mountains and let them know that he died and where he is buried. He is unaware that 145 years have passed, but learning that doesn’t diminish his resolve to make the gravesite known and obtain a proper burial for himself and the other soldiers interred with him, so that all those families may know peace at last.
Though terrified at first, Jessie is drawn to help him and they fall in love. She is torn: wanting to find his people so that he can go to his eternal rest, but knowing that by doing so she will lose him forever. However, not finding them will be disastrous, because she fears that Lem will never abandon his quest, and she will never be free of her passion for him to seek a real-world lover.
Somebody’s Darling is a love story that crosses time periods: present day, and Civil War era – and unites worlds: the ordinary, and the spiritual/supernatural. Although it is the first book of a trilogy that combines Civil War history with contemporary issues and elements of the spiritual/supernatural, it is crafted to be a satisfying stand-alone novel. The other two books in the series, Soldier's Joy and Bright Canaan, are currently in production.
Immaculate Heart: A Novel
Immaculate Heart is the story of a young girl discovering her sexuality, spirituality and identity as a writer. All these dramatic personal developments take place within the larger
context of a Catholic boarding school for girls that is a flashpoint for the tumultuous changes both in the church (the reforms of Vatican II that caused some 90,000 American nuns to renounce their vocations) and in American society at large (the Civil Rights struggle, Vietnam, and the sexual revolution) during the pivotal period between 1964 and 1968.