Eva Marie Everson grew up in a rural southern town in Georgia just outside of Savannah. She is married, has four children and five grandchildren, and lives in Central Florida. She taught Old Testament theology for six years at Life Training Center in Longwood, Florida and has written numerous articles for Crosswalk.com (including the acclaimed Falling Into The Bible series), and has had articles featured in numerous publications, including Christianity Today, Evangel, Christian Bride, Christian Retailing, The Godly Business Woman and Marriage Partnership magazines. Eva Marie has been interviewed by radio, television, newspaper, and Internet media outlets
In 2002 Eva Marie was one of six Christian journalists sent to Israel for a special ten-day press tour. She was forever changed.
She is married, has four children, five grandchildren and lives in Central Florida.
Jo-Lynn Hunter is at a crossroads in life when her great-aunt Stella insists that she return home to restore the old family manse in sleepy Cottonwood, Georgia. Seeing the project as the perfect excuse for some therapeutic time away from her self-absorbed husband and his snobby Atlanta friends, Jo-Lynn longs to get her teeth into a noteworthy and satisfying project. But things are not what they seem, both in the house and within the complex history of her family.
If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be raised in the South, this is the book to read. And I’m not talking about mint juleps on the porch or small-waisted women in frilly gowns saying, “Ah do declare!” This is the real South.
Cottonwood, Georgia could be one of a million small Southern towns dried up because of crop failure or swallowed up by sprawling suburbia. And Everson populates her fictional town with just enough “old folks” to recall “the way it was” (to quote the dearly departed “Uncle Walter“). As Jo Lynn works to restore her aunt’s home, you can almost hear the echos in the high ceilings, smell the musty closets that haven’t been opened in years and see the beautiful golden grain of the heartpine floors. They say that setting is a character in some books; Cottonwood could be called one on the main characters in this one.
And then there’s Jo Lynn: sacrificing all to her husband as a good Southern wife should, but losing herself in the process. But this is not a feminist, “I Am Woman” diatribe, it’s more of a coming-of-age novel about a middle-aged woman. And as she uncovers the layers of dust and layers of her life, she uncovers layers of long-kept family secrets.
” … I didn’t just read this story, I lived it!”