Following closely on the success of “Sautee Shadows,” book one of The Georgia Gold Series, the second novel in the series, “The Gray Divide” has been released recently.
Author Denise Weimer will sign copies of the novel at two fall signings in Gainesville. The first will be from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Books-A-Million with the second 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 during Mule Camp Market on the square at Frames You-Nique.
The book is based in the halcyon days of the 1850s when Georgia’s coastal elite find a retreat in the foothills of Habersham County.
There half-Cherokee Mahala Franklin goes nose to nose with arrogant rival hotel owner Jack Randall. Well aware she’s not of his class — as her Cherokee friend Clay Fraser jealously reminds her – Mahala can’t ignore her attraction to the Savannah shipping entrepreneur any better than she can the clues about her father’s murder and missing gold left to her in his strongbox. Especially when her unlikely friendship with socialite Carolyn Calhoun constantly thrusts her into Jack’s circle.
Carolyn’s life of privilege might seem a lark to Mahala, but Carolyn is expected to overcome her awkward personality and make a brilliant match between two very different men, rice planter Devereaux Rousseau and his minister brother Dylan. Can she even be sure of the love of the one she chooses, or will she merely be a prize?
Hidden loyalties are exposed and relationships threatened as Georgia seeks to become its own republic, only to be plunged into civil war. Faced with taking over his family’s shipping firm, Jack must choose between his Northern convictions and his Southern family, while Devereaux tests himself and his feelings for Carolyn on the battlefields of Virginia.
“While I’d imagine the typical reader would be an adult female with an interest in history, I’ve included enough business and military action to lure men, and kept it clean enough for teenagers, who might have a special interest in book one where the main characters are coming to maturity,” Weimer said.
The native Georgian earned her journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She is the author of romantic novella “Redeeming Grace,” and her magazine articles about Northeast Georgia have appeared in numerous regional publications. Weimer is also a wife, mother of two daughters, and a lifelong living historian. She resided in Habersham County for 10 years before her husband’s job took the family to Watkinsville.
The cover designs for the series will continue to feature paintings by acclaimed Georgia artist, John Kollock, whose family letters and diaries were consulted in research.
For those who missed the release of book one, copies of “Sautee Shadows” will be available at both Gainesville signing events.
“The Gray Divide: Book Two of the Georgia Gold Series” is available nationally in bookstores and online retailers. For more information about The Georgia Gold Series visit deniseweimerbooks.webs.com.
For more information on the Books-A-Million event in the Lakeshore Mall, call 770-503-7732.