Nell and Lady
A traumatic secret tore them apart.
Their mother’s dying wish will bring them together again.
A heart-stirring novel of family and forgiveness.
In her grand home in Charleston, Willa Bellemore raised two girls during the tumultuous 1970s. One was her daughter, Lady. The other was Lady’s best friend, Nell—adopted after the sudden, heartbreaking death of her mother, the Bellemores’ beloved maid. Willa showered Nell with love and support, all the while ignoring the disdainful whispers of her neighbors. After all, they were family. Nell and Lady were sisters at heart—sisters who vowed to never let anything come between them.
Then, on the night of Lady’s sixteenth birthday, something went terribly wrong, sparking painful secrets and bitter resentments that went unspoken for three decades.
Now Willa is dying, and Lady and Nell—each with a teenager of her own—are brought together after all these years. It’s Willa’s last wish. The time has come to confront what happened on that fateful night. But it may take a tragic twist of fate to reconcile the past and come to terms with the true meaning of family.
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Thought-provoking and heartfelt, Nell and Lady weaves a story of family secrets set against the backdrop of prejudice in the Deep South. You’ll root for Nell and Lady as they overcome their differences and rediscover their bond as sisters. A triumph!Christine Nolfi
A heartfelt tale of how secrets can tear a family apart. Emotionally charged and Unputdownable. Nell and Lady is must-read Southern fiction.Bette Lee Crosby
A thought-provoking, bittersweet journey from racism to redemption. One of the best books I’ve read.Heather Burch,
Ashley Farley takes readers into the home of a privileged white family in Charleston, South Carolina, through three generations. She delivers a touching message about family, friendship and forgiveness woven through issues of race, secrecy, and changing values. Farley’s depictions are so authentic I could taste the cheese biscuits and sweet tea!Patricia Sands
“How secrets kept can hurt a family deeply. Where racism is still very real today. Yes, I realize this is just a novel, but so many truths stand out today and are very real! Where revealing our past hurts may bring a family together. As I read this book, it came to mind just how many lives could this novel change today?! Yes, this author provides us with entertainment, but to me her books go so much deeper.”Goodreads Reviewer
The story is riveting and moves quickly as the secrets and hurts from the past are revealed. It is permeated with love, drama, and emotional tension as the author tackles sensitive and gritty subjects—alcoholism, racism, cancer, physical abuse, heartacheGoodreads Reviewer
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The idea for Nell and Lady came to me as I stood at the same window on the sixth floor of the medical center in Charleston where Lady waits for Nell in the opening scene of the book. I’ve spent a lot of time at that wall of windows recently, looking out over the boats...read more
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Consistently at the top of Kindle and Audible bestseller lists for four years, Ashley Farley has built an impressive following in women's fiction for someone who was a “closet writer” until the moment she clicked publish on Amazon. Her self-published books are written about women and for women, with many of her fans being just like her—mothers with grown children who rarely find heroines of the same age depicted in women's fiction. Readers will discover something of themselves through her characters. Her novels promise a dash of romance and a heaping of Southern-style family drama.