Sarranda's Heart: A Love Story of Place by Celia H. Miles
A sequel to Sarranda (2006), the novel chronicles the return of Sarranda to Western North Carolina in the early 1800s, in the company of a young Irish serving girl, from a "training time" in Massachuettes where she was recruited to aid impoverished women and children following the Civil War. In an isolated area where North and South may meet, even merge, without rancor and bitterness, their grit, grace, and humor allow for opportunity and love in unexpected places. Choosing independence over comfort, the present over the past, they forge new paths for themselves and create hope and support to the community.
Celia Miles is a native of Jackson County, now living, retired, and writing in Asheville. Her website is www.celiamiles.com.