Set in 1959 on the shores of New York’s Lake Ontario, 14-year-old Charlene Beth Whitestone has been deserted by her parents, leaving her in the custody of her grandfather, C.B. Although he loves Charlie, he is a charming con artist, moonshiner, and religious fraud who inducts her into his various enterprises yet also encourages her dreams of becoming a writer. When C.B. suddenly dies, Charlie is left alone and must use her wits and resourcefulness to take charge of her life, all the while wrestling with the morality of continuing her grandfather’s schemes. When a handsome cowboy-stranger, Blake, arrives, he insinuates himself into C.B.’s religion business and into Charlie’s heart. Despite her resistance, Blake mounts a lucrative PR campaign, touting Charlie as an “oracle” and arranging for her to perform miracles.
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Laury A. Egan is the author of “Jenny Kidd,” a psychological suspense novel, and “Fog and Other Stories,” which was short-listed for a UK Saboteur Award. In addition to writing fiction, two poetry collections, “Snow, Shadows, a Stranger” and “Beneath the Lion’s Paw,” were issued by FootHills Publishing as well as a chapbook, “The Sea & Beyond.” Her work has appeared in over 35 literary journals and anthologies and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, Best of the Web, and Best of the Net.