Covington Chronicles

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 37 ratings

Secret Promise Publisher's Summary

The year is 1907. A mammoth tornado passing through Princeton, Mississippi, takes away Jake MacGregor's parents and their home, his beloved uncle, and his sister's home. He inherits a mercantile store in Taylorsburg, Mississippi, and an underdeveloped farm nearby. With his hopes of attending the new school of pharmacy scheduled to open at Ole Miss dashed, how can Jake overcome his frustration?

Three years prior, a new railroad, which bypassed old Taylorsburg, caused the town to dry up and move five miles to the southwest, where the railroad crossed the Hastabucha River. Caroline Clemons, a teacher in the lower elementary grades, has her dream fulfilled - a new school constructed in the new town.

But in the year 1907, Caroline receives a wound that refuses to heal. Will she have enough resilience to embrace life? Caroline suffers hideous attacks on her physical and emotional integrity. At the expense of losing all that can bring her happiness, she guards her family's secrets.

Social issues of racial discord, abuse, inadequate education, and prohibition dominate the scene of Mississippi in the early 1900s. Come shop at the mercantile and share supper at the Covington Hotel dining room. Become acquainted with extraordinary people living in a troubled time. Experience their fear, courage, pain, and simple joys.

Discover how it feels when prayer and laughter are the only effective coping mechanisms.

©2012 Mary Lou Cheatham (P)2015 Mary Lou Cheatham
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  • Book 1

    • Secret Promise

    • By: Mary Lou Cheatham
    • Narrated by: Jodi Hockinson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    The year is 1907. A mammoth tornado passing through Princeton, Mississippi, takes away Jake MacGregor's parents and their home, his beloved uncle, and his sister's home. He inherits a mercantile store in Taylorsburg, Mississippi, and an underdeveloped farm nearby. With his hopes of attending the new school of pharmacy scheduled to open at Ole Miss dashed, how can Jake overcome his frustration?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Inspiring romance

    • By Christie Underwood on 01-18-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • The Courtship of Miss Loretta Larson

    • By: Mary Lou Cheatham
    • Narrated by: Jodi Hockinson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Loretta Larson is attractive and accomplished. She has so much money that her teaching salary is not enough for her to notice. But what she does not have is a man who loves her. She suffers in a damaging relationship with a cruel and dishonest banker.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Entertaining. A Great End of the Summer Read

    • By Philip N. Taylor on 08-26-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • The Dream Bucket

    • By: Mary Lou Cheatham
    • Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Ten-year-old Trudy loves Papa more than anybody else until she hears him slap Zoe, her mother. She is so angry at him she wishes he'd die. When he accidentally sets fire to the family mansion and dies in the fire, she is not prepared for the shock.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful to listen to over and over

    • By Aunj on 02-23-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Manuela Blayne

    • Covington Chronicles, Book 4
    • By: Mary Lou Cheatham
    • Narrated by: Victoria Phelps
    • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    The year is 1910. Trudy Cameron, an 11-year-old girl introduced to listeners in The Dream Bucket, meets a 13-year-old neighbor, Manuela Blayne. Trudy and her seven-year-old stepsister, Bailey Benton, make friends with Manuela, while Trudy realizes she can never understand her new friend.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The little girl voice was great - very compelling!

    • By Jodi Hockinson on 11-26-16

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 5

    • Travelers in Painted Wagons: On Cohay Creek

    • Covington Chronicles, Book 5
    • By: Mary Lou Cheatham, Sarah Walker Gorrell
    • Narrated by: Craig Hockinson, Jodi Hockinson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Travelers is the story of Trudy's friend Jeremy Smitherlin as he finds himself functioning as the adult in his home because his parents have emotional and physical illnesses. Jeremy first appeared in The Dream Bucket as the slimy boy who dipped Trudy Cameron's braids into his ink well.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting take on gypsies

    • By CAP on 07-23-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

    • House of Seven: A Novel

    • Covington Chronicles, Book 6
    • By: Mary Lou Cheatham
    • Narrated by: Janet R. Hoskins
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Beth DuBard, a lovely, single author, moves to a new town after her uncle gives her a house and a newspaper business. Leaving an undesirable suitor behind, she takes wacky Aunt Genie, who demands constant attention while doling out witty sarcasm. Beth’s best friend, also a cousin and the family housekeeper, goes along and becomes a force of strength. Along the way, others join the household. The seven don’t always like each other, but they need to be together.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Read

    • By Tex on 02-06-18

    Regular price: $19.95