This story feels unhurried and sweet like a summer late evening. One of those you can savor and get lost in it.
On the Eighteenth of May by Jordan R. Samuel released in March in the Romance, literature fiction genre.
On the evening of the eighteenth of May, a young woman named Cass walks alone into a small village with the intent to stay for exactly one year. Cass soon meets two precocious children, a caring and generous business owner, and the Chief of Police from the neighboring town. Family and loss are parts of many of their stories, and while these people, as well as others, attempt to know and help her, the history and troubled memories of what led Cass to this place begin to gradually unfold. As the potential for love and the pathway for healing become clearer, the date of departure approaches. Cass and those around her will be forced to decide how forcefully they are willing to hold on: to the past, to the pain, and to the person.
On the Eighteenth of May is the story of the people and events that are interwoven throughout Cass’s journey and her life. It is a story that examines the true test of strength in the deepest depths of sorrow, as felt by the human heart. It is a story that explores the perceived helplessness of those within the support structure, and the extent to which those we love can hinder or accelerate the healing process. Finally, it is a story that reminds us of the overwhelming power of comforting influences in all of our lives, as our human souls struggle, against all odds, to survive.
Taking his keys from his pocket and unlocking the back porch door, Lucas returned to the present. He was well aware that this was his mother’s favored napping time, a time she lovingly referred to as her “pre-supper beauty sleep”, so he was careful to open the back door quietly. After entering, he softly stepped through the kitchen and headed straight for his old bedroom.
The bedroom door was closed, which seemed odd. He quickly shrugged it off and proceeded to walk towards it, intending to find the croquet set and leave the home so quietly his mother would never even know he had been there.
As he turned the doorknob, the bedroom door slid slowly open, offering him a small and then ever-increasing slice of vision. As the opening grew wider, Lucas suddenly saw. There was a stranger in his bedroom.
The stranger was looking out his window. Her face was fully turned away. However, he did not need to see her face to realize the stranger was the drifter. The very same drifter he had seen earlier in the day. The same clothes, the same sweat, the same hair.
He thought back to the questions he had considered earlier in regards to her age. Whatever her age, she was old enough. Old enough to know how to break into an older woman’s home and steal her blind.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Jordan R. Samuel is a former public school teacher and administrator who enjoys her current work as an Assistant Professor of Education. She spends her days with her husband and her three children as she teaches, studies and writes. She immensely enjoys travelling, and penned many parts of this particular story while relaxing in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.
Can you tell us a bit more about the people that will play such an important part in Cass’ life?
As the back cover summary alludes, the story featured in On the Eighteenth of May is focused on the year that begins when Cass walks into the small village of Chimney Rock, North Carolina. While there are bits and pieces about Cass’s life prior to this particular day, these are n
They are, in many ways, just average people living in a small town. They have their own sorrows and challenges. They have their own dreams and disappointments. Yet, like so many who stand in the first circle of support around those who are suffering (and in the second circle and third circle and fourth), they are all willing to at least try to help Cass – without even the knowledge of whether or not she even needs help.
Front and center are the dynamic duo, Ella Montraine and her son, Lucas Montraine. Ella is an older woman who, despite having little to no information, takes a risk on Cass. She is the matronly figure we all adore or crave for in our own lives. Understanding. Encouraging. Willing to show love and care in both demonstrative and subtle ways. Her son, Lucas Montraine, is slightly more intense and significantly more opposed to taking risks, yet no less a caring individual. While Lucas may not necessarily “change” as the story is told, our understanding of his true nature will change, as we watch him in both tender and dangerous moments.
And then there are more, people who may impact Cass as she struggles to simply survive, such as the little children she meets early on in the book, who become intricately woven into her life’s story.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jordan-R-Samuel/e/B087CB3RTF/
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