My Second Home

I can never get enough of this elegant city with her moss-draped trees, enchanting gardens, and centuries-old homes. The weather ain’t too bad either, at least for nine months out of the year. The people are hospitable, what’d you expect in the Deep South, and the cuisine is to die for, particularly the seafood, both cooked and raw. My husband, a history buff, insisted we stop in at Magnolia Cemetery. Turns out cemeteries are great places to adopt character’s names.

The Lowcountry of South Carolina is the setting for many of my novels. I’m transported back to my childhood every moment I spend with my characters. I’ve started dreaming about Charleston. One day I may make it my second home.

Sweetgrass Baskets

Sweetgrass baskets are, in fact, a true Charleston treasure. Women and men alike have been making sweetgrass baskets for more than 300 years. No two baskets are the same. Today, vendors sell baskets in the marketplace in downtown Charleston as well as along Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant. Restaurants use the sweetgrass baskets to pass bread to their clients and municipal buildings display them in plexiglass cases. The fine, lacey grass in the far right picture is the sweetgrass from which the baskets are made.

Historic Downtown

The Angel Tree

If you enjoyed the Sweeney Sisters series, you're gonna love Palmetto Island!

Birdie Fuller’s new year is off to a bad start. Her husband has mysteriously disappeared, leaving Birdie to cope with their unmarried daughter’s unplanned pregnancy. Birdie and Hannah disagree about the baby. Birdie urges her daughter to consider abortion, but Hannah is determined to see the pregnancy to term. When Hannah returns for her last semester in college, Birdie must face her demons, the problems in her marriage that drove her husband to clean out their bank accounts and run off with another woman.

While struggling to hide her pregnancy from her roommates and ex-boyfriend, Hannah interviews for jobs that will take her and her baby far away from her mother. After graduation, with months to kill before the start of her new job, she returns to Palmetto Island for the summer to await the birth of her baby. Tension mounts between Hannah and Birdie when they move from their waterfront home to a two-bedroom apartment above a bakery. Can mother and daughter mend their relationship? Or will they be lost to each other forever?


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While this one may have been shorter than a traditional novel, it packed a lot of punch and set the stage in so many ways for the rest of the series.⁣
I love that her books are filled with so many realistic characters and situations. It makes the reader feel even closer to everything that unfolds. Also, she doesn't shy away from taboo topics like alcoholism, unplanned / single parent pregnancy, abortion, bullying, infidelity, etc. The best part is that she writes characters that you cannot help but fight for and these topics are discussed with tact and heart which can be difficult to pull off.


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