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Update

Good morning, Friends. I know it has been a bit since I posted. Life gets busy. The only update I can give you on ‘Arabella’ is that I am still waiting on a proof. I haven’t heard from my publisher in a while, so I don’t really know what the holdup is.

In the meantime, if you haven’t read ‘The Dark Side of Dixie,’ you can order it at amazon.com/-/e/B06XP8YXVS, or if you happen to live near me, I have copies.

Until next time,
D. R. Bucy

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Bill E. Scruggs

5.0 out of 5 stars A real-life book.

Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021

THE DARK SIDE OF DIXIE is a speed-changer, the kind of book I like to find. I was slowing down to read sections that tugged at my heart strings and speeding up to find out what happened next. When I finished it, I felt as if I’d had a long visit home to Tennessee.

It is the story of a good and strong but still ordinary woman growing up and shaping a life in Middle and East Tennessee. She is blessed with a loving grandmother of strength and stamina, whose guidance endures and helps her to thrive despite being without a mother and the absence of her father during her early years. She suffers repeated tragedy, endures the agony of loss, and comes back strong each time.

The book contains some tragedy and some recklessness, but “dark” seems too strong a word for a story full of the bright side of family life and love and the comfort of religion. In addition, the narrator demonstrates old-fashioned Tennessee stick-to-it-tiveness no matter what befalls. It is a book full of love and togetherness, despite incidents of wild and ungovernable behavior, primarily by young immature men. The strength of family ties, while sometimes tested, is never defeated.

I found myself living the adventure of a Tennessee life along with the narrator. When I stopped reading after a tragic event it took me a few minutes to regain my equilibrium in my own life; my heart was still in the book and my emotions were reacting to the whatever loss had occurred. Good literature does not leave you when the book is closed, and I believe this book qualifies.

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Blurb-Arabella

Shea and Jared Riker buy their dream home in rural Tennessee, but it quickly turns into their worst nightmare. Summer, their three-year-old, says she sees a girl hanging in the tree in their front yard. Imaginary friend? Maybe?

The sighting’s forgotten, that’s until the rest of the family encounter the unexplained. Shea, mysterious footsteps in the hall at night. Jared, a vision of his Native American forefathers. Brody, their son, reports a dark shadow following his mother around. Even Shea’s mom gets a taste of the unknown while visiting.

Seeking answers, they look to a neighbor, Ms. Callie Reynolds, an older black lady whose ancestors worked the land as slaves for a family named Shaw. Per family folklore, young Misses Shaw, Arabella, “went mad” after her husband is killed in the Civil War, and possibly even loses a child, a little girl, but here the story gets muddled.

Jared says leave. Shea says stay, believing they’re sent to be the salvation of the place. Due to this belief, the couple embarks on a course, that not only tests their love and faith, but at times, their very sanity.

Update: Plans are for Arabella to be out by Christmas. COVID-19 has delayed a lot of things.

D. R. Bucy

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