Why Livin' in High Cotton never gets old

Livin' in High Cotton is the kind of novel that never gets old. Whenever I feel frustrated with the world and need a boost, I curl up under a blanket and get lost within the the pages of this book.

This is mine and Mom's first novel. Words can't describe the feelings I had the first time I held a printed copy in my hand! Even though it has been a decade since we wrote this novel, I'm still moved when I read it. The story never gets old, for goodness and morality will never be outdated! I'm grateful for my great grandmother, whose life inspired this novel. Her story will forever live on ...

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Cultured, graceful, feisty Shelby Collins is the epitome of a southern lady. She tries to prove her competence by looking after her siblings while her mother is away caring for an ailing relative. Shelby’s secure world is turned upside down when her father, in a drunken rage, tries to rape her. Fearing others will learn of his treachery, he kidnaps her, takes her to a reform school, and abandons her. In utter despair, Shelby is sure that her life is over—but sometimes blessings come in the most unexpected ways. 

When a chance meeting brings her face to face with the ruggedly handsome, Harlan Rhodes, Shelby is unprepared for the feelings that stir within her. Hearts collide, quickly budding into a lasting love that will span time and space. Through a series of unfortunate events, Shelby and Harlan are separated, forcing them to lead separate lives of loneliness and frustration. 

Years later, when their lives converge, old feelings rekindle, and they must decide if they will risk all to finally be together. 

Inspired by a true story, this poignant novel is set against the rich tapestry of the South during the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. It’s a story of love, betrayal, and the indomitable human spirit in the face of adversity. It’s about a young girl, growing up, who realizes that life is full of second chances, and that it’s never too late to learn how to live. 

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