Mississippi Blues

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Kensington Books, Jan 1, 2004 - Fiction - 228 pages
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A beautifully written debut novel, Mississippi Blues deftly explores the difficulty of resolving troubled relationships and never forgetting the healing power of love. After her father's death eight years ago, Beverly Lamark had no desire to deal with her toxic siblings. As kids, they'd do anything for each other, but as adults they had nothing in common--though each had their own special gifts. Her jailbird brother Bobby got their daddy's good looks, Andrew got the brains, Mabel got pregnant, Grace got to be mother hen--and Beverly got the hell out of Mississippi. But despite her success as a bestselling author, her two lovely children and beautiful house, after seventeen years in an unsatisfying marriage, Beverly understood the old saying: Be careful what you wish for--you just might get it. Left on her own most of the time by her workaholic husband, Beverly's days and lonely nights are usually spent writing--and drinking. And lately, the drinking is exceeding the writing. There's no end to her sad routine in sight--until she gets word that there's important family business to take care of. Soon an apprehensive Beverly is on her way back to Vicksburg, with her cranky teenagers in tow. But once she arrives at the local inn--and runs into a handsome fan--Bev's mood brightens. Strangely enough, now that she's away from her man, she's starting to feel like a woman again. Meanwhile, Beverly prepares for what is guaranteed to be a tense reunion with her brothers and sisters. But none of them can begin to imagine what's in store. For as the rivalries and misunderstandings of the family's past unravel, a shocking event will change the future for them all. Uplifting, heartbreaking, andabsorbing, Mississippi Blues is an unforgettable story of devastating loss--and unexpected gain...
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
17
Section 4
29
Section 5
39
Section 6
53
Section 7
59
Section 8
69
Section 14
121
Section 15
129
Section 16
139
Section 17
155
Section 18
165
Section 19
171
Section 20
179
Section 21
201

Section 9
81
Section 10
89
Section 11
99
Section 12
107
Section 13
113
Section 22
205
Section 23
211
Section 24
219
Section 25
221
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Cassandra Darden Bell has worked as a radio disk jockey, news editor, reporter, and anchor person in North Carolina. She is the author of Mississippi Blues and is currently working on her next novel. Check out her Web site at www.cassandrabell.com.

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