The Lady

Written by Judy Higgins

***A Semi-finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakout Novel Contest***

South Georgia, 1956.
When sixteen-year-old Quincy Bruce goes to live with her Aunt Addy, she has no idea that what happened thirteen years earlier in wartime London can destroy her future. Her parents have gone to Africa as missionaries, leaving Quincy with her free-spirited and lively aunt, a war widow, and the only person who supports Quincy’s ambition to become a musician. When another aunt accuses Addy of having been the inspiration for the adulterous woman in Nathan Waterstone’s infamous wartime novel, The Lady, Quincy vows to prove her wrong. As Quincy settles into her new life with Addy, she sets about unraveling the secrets of Addy’s life, and of Nathan’s, in an effort to discover the true identity of the Lady. When she makes a discovery of a different type, Quincy’s dreams of becoming a pianist come crashing down.

Praise for The Lady:
“I want to read the book. I want to read whatever else I can lay my hands on that this author has written . . . ”
— ABNA Expert Reviewer.

“Quincy is an engaging protagonist, part young woman, part immature girl, who is at once trying to forge a future for herself while seeking to uncover hidden details about the past. Racial divides and small-town prejudices add depth to this uniquely crafted novel with expert plotting and effortless pacing.”
— ABNA Publishers Weekly Reviewer.

“The Lady [is] a fine coming-of-age story set in the late 1950’s. The author…presents not only a fascinating tale of a World War II era secret, but a tale of manners and ethics that will truly shape the young heroine…. An interesting read with some compelling answers that will appeal to a cross-section of people in the same way that ‘The Help’ personalized the struggles of black maids in 1960’s Mississippi.”
— ABNA Expert Reviewer.

“. . . the characters, the story, the writing, the kinds of mini portraits that can capture a character perfectly in just a few words, like this description by Quincy of her dreadful Aunt Mildred:
“. . . Aunt Mildred preached a lot about Hell. She’d also been gifted with the ability to read between the lines in the Good Book. What God meant to say and didn’t, Daddy’s sister knew, and she was more than glad to share that information.”
In short, the kind of storytelling that’s so natural and so gifted and so deceptively effortless looking that it grabs you right away and doesn’t let go. “
— ABNA Expert Reviewer.

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