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Southern Gothic gets a modern twist: Upcoming novel explores the changing future of a historic town
Reluctant Cassandra dives into the realities of a family struggling to move on in a town that depends on preserving the past
By: Ellen Smith
Set in the fictional town of Eagle Valley, the novel accurately portrays the reality of many young people, attempting to find their own way in the world during an economic recession. Sprinkled throughout the novel, local ghost stories and glimpses of Virginia history are held in stark contrast to Arden's own failing business and the daily realities of her father's health.
Reluctant Cassandra offers a poignant look at the struggles of the McCrae family and the town of Eagle Valley, both desperate to preserve what they hold most dear. As Arden reluctantly leaves the past behind, she will find strength she never knew she had… and, perhaps, a new beginning.
The novel will be released in June of 2015. Connect with the author on her website: ellensmithwrites.com