You will likely not be able to read between the lines here.
This is an excerpt from the manuscript of my
entitled RACHEL—so entitled
for the time being, that is.
Knowing me as I know me, this will likely change.
I simply wanted to whet your appetite for
more from the Payne family of Sarepta, Mississippi.
will take a seriously
I know you will love it.
I invite you to read a
little portion from the manuscript.
From Chapter 2
wrote to Ellen, “I find myself riding a whirlwind unable to guide the storm …”
Fear of failure and humiliation “nearly makes me crazy … indeed I may be so
Rachel had spent a thousand dark and dismal days thinking about those poor people over in Georgia who had taken the hardest blow from the burning, although no one knew better than Joab that Oxford, too, had been trampled and leveled—burned to the ground. And it was not until sometime later that Rachel learned about the New Albany burning. Just two counties north of Calhoun. Sherman was getting his courage from those men who randomly, or maybe methodically, burned towns and villages across the South. At any rate, the newspapers had called his behavior insane. And more letters to his wife, Ellen, confirmed what journalists were seeing and saying about him. About his incessant talking, pacing, smoking one cigar off the other. At night, he was too nervous to sleep. He brooded but at the same time, he was highly energized, leading the writers to depict him as suffering from a combination of depression and the actions of a lunatic.
Stay with me, dear friends, and in the meantime if you have not read the first three novels in The Faithful Sons series, they are available at every online bookstore, all over the world. Yes, I have readers in many countries. Thanks for being among those!
THE MISSISSIPPI BOYS
Best to all of you,
Jane Bennett Gaddy