At Home in Persimmon Hollow
Overview - "At Home in Persimmon Hollow "is the first book in a series chronicling the world of Agnes Foster and the people of frontier-era Florida.In 1886, Agnes Foster is forced to leave the Catholic orphanage in New York where she grew up to start a new life as a teacher in Persimmon Hollow, Florida, a town she has only ever seen in a newspaper ad. Read more...
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"At Home in Persimmon Hollow "is the first book in a series chronicling the world of Agnes Foster and the people of frontier-era Florida.In 1886, Agnes Foster is forced to leave the Catholic orphanage in New York where she grew up to start a new life as a teacher in Persimmon Hollow, Florida, a town she has only ever seen in a newspaper ad. With nothing but her strong Catholic faith to sustain her, she leaves behind the only home she s ever known and the little girl she hopes to adopt, and encounters a wild and beautiful new landscape, and a town full of hardworking, faith-filled people. She also meets the difficult, yet handsome and hard-to-ignore Seth Taylor, a man whose heart has been hardened to God after a terrible loss.Just as Agnes starts to feel Persimmon Hollow could be a good home for her and her daughter, and that Seth could be her love, tragedy strikes in the form of a trio of evil men from both their pasts, intent on doing them more harm. Will their fragile new love survive? Will Seth return to his faith? Can Agnes finally escape her dark past and find a bright new future?
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Scriptural references nearly overwhelm this sweet historical romance set in the Florida countryside of 1886 in Bauer’s debut novel. Agnes Foster has fled an orphanage in the big city of New York, the only home she’s ever known, for the small town of Persimmon Hollow, Fla., where she’s to take over the position of teacher. The town, however, is nothing like how it was advertised. Seth Taylor, the town’s curmudgeonly hermit, is the first person she meets—and the sparks fly, despite the very warm welcome she receives from her patrons and the rest of the town. Can Agnes settle in to her new home before the past comes back to haunt the entire town? Awkward dialogue does little justice to the vivid detail and the otherwise memorable supporting cast. Though the smalltown life fires the imagination, the contrived plot and a difficult protagonist make it impossible to fall into the story. (July)