NC Literary Hall of Fame



Southern (dis)Comfort











Southern Discomfort by Heather Daughtridge

Aberdeen Bay
$15.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-60830-080-8
May, 2012
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At thirty-five, Samantha London must reevaluate her entire life when she uncovers the secrets that her newly deceased grandmother desperately tried to hide. Lost and confused, Sam desperately attempts to put together the pieces of her past that could derail her perfectly planned future with her endearing husband and story-book two children.

Sam and Matt’s marriage and family don’t just seem perfect, they are perfect. Or at least that’s what Sam thought. As Sam begins the journey of closing her grandmother’s estate and parsing through her final belongings, Sam is faced with reevaluating her past as well as future.

A ghost from long ago appears at Sam’s wedding boutique, je t’aime, not as a visitor but as a customer. As pieces from the past begin to unfold, Sam realizes this encounter with her prior lover and best friend are not happenstance. As secrets are revealed and the past is uncovered, Sam must face that her beloved Grandmother is no longer alive to pull her to the surface.

While Matt pursues a professorship opportunity in Savannah, Sam must decide if her heart will move with her if they relocate to Georgia. Her experiences as established business owner, PTA volunteer of the year, and fixer of all boo boo’s, never prepared her for the discovery and heartache that would be coming next.

Heather is a native North Carolinian and currently resides in Raleigh with her husband and two children. She holds the position of Director of Development at an Episcopal private school. Southern Discomfort is Heather’s first novel. Visit her website at

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