Category Archives: Murray, Tamela Hancock

Lauralee Bliss. Blue Ridge Brides. Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour Publishing, 2007.

This three-in-one collection tells the love stories of three women living in three very different times across the state.  Lauralee Bliss’ novella, Journey to Love, begins in London, where Beth Colman has just buried her father.   With nothing left for her in Britain, she sets out for America in 1650 with Judith, her sister, and Mark, Judith’s husband.  The trio is trying to solve the mystery of their ancestors who were some of the original settlers of the lost colony of Roanoke, but Beth is looking for more.  Guided by her strong faith, and the hardy John Harris who knows the country well, she just might find love during the journey.

In Lynn A. Coleman’s Corduroy Road to Love, Ida Mae McAuley is strong, single woman with a brilliant mind for business living in 1830s Charlotte.  She’s caught between the affection of two men, both of whom are hiding something.  Ida Mae must use her keen sense to figure out who she’ll trust with her heart.

Tamela Hancock Murray tells the story of a Drusie, a small town singer in the 1930s in her novella The Music of Home.  Drusie is happy and successful in Sunshine Holler – she’s engaged to the love of her life, Gladdie Gordon, and sings at Church on Sunday with her sister.  When Drusie is given the chance to risk it all and enter showbiz, will Drusie leave her mountain home and loved ones behind?

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Tamela Hancock Murray. Love Finds You in Maiden, North Carolina. Bloomington, MN: Summerside Press, 2009.

The two cousins who come to stay with their aunt in Maiden, North Carolina couldn’t be more different. Selene is a beautiful, but shallow, flapper.  After his wife died, Selene’s wealthy father gallivanted around the world, leaving Selene in the care of governesses and other hired help.  When Selene finds herself pregnant, she is sent to live with her Aunt Louisa until the baby is born.  Selene’s country-mouse cousin, Hestia, is already in Maiden, caring for Aunt Louisa after the older woman breaks her hip.  The two cousin clash–about styles, leisure time pursuits, values, and the handsome Booth Barrington.  Selene sees Booth as the solution to her awkward situation.  Given how wickedly he tormented her when they were children, Hestia is surprised to see what a fine man Booth has become.  She’s now drawn to him because of his good looks and Christian values, but she feels she is no match for Selene.  As the fall turns into winter, the main characters learn from Aunt Louisa, her friends, and other good people in the little town.  When spring arrives both Selene and Hestia have made peace with the past and found love.

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