Orphaned when her father dies in the Civil War, Molly Petree is taken in by Uncle Junius on his Agate Hill plantation. But the terminally ill Junius is manipulated into marriage by his housekeeper, Selena, who inherits Agate Hill upon his death. Neglected and abused under Selena's watch, Molly escapes to a better life with help from her father's closest battlefield companion. But as she grows into a refined, educated woman, Molly remains haunted by tragedy.
A decade ago, sculptor Clare Kimball fled it Emmitsboro, Maryland, to take the Manhattan art world by storm. She's been celebrated as the up-and-coming artist of her generation. But for Clare, no amount of exposure to the spotlight can eclipse the painful memories of her father's suicide. Jut as her star is shining brighter than ever, Clare leaves it all behind to go home and lay her demons to rest.
"Good Story Don't Get the Abridged Book"