Shadows of the South

Post American Civil War lesbian historical romanceAt Heatherwood plantation Charla has always lived as a slave but now its former master, Dr Samuel Byrd, her grandfather, acknowledges her and wants to help better her life In Charleston, South Carolina, nineteen year old Lauren Stewart lives her life confined to a wheelchair following a carriage accident However, therePost American Civil War lesbian historical romanceAt Heatherwood plantation Charla has always lived as a slave but now its former master, Dr Samuel Byrd, her grandfather, acknowledges her and wants to help better her life In Charleston, South Carolina, nineteen year old Lauren Stewart lives her life confined to a wheelchair following a carriage accident However, there is hope she might walk again after receiving treatment at Heatherwood This is what leads to Lauren and Charla meeting and falling in love There are however, obstacles to their being together Charla s needy grandfather, and Lauren s racist grandmother, as well as the fact Lauren is engaged to be married to Addison Fleer There are also shocking family secrets that will eventually be revealed regarding both Charla and Lauren which may place them in danger.EXCERPT From Chapter 3Some five years since the Civil War, Heatherwood was hardly the showplace it had once been There were scraggly, dust covered weeds by the front porch and the white paint on the once proud veranda columns had begun to peel.Negroes were about, one chopping wood, another hoeing in a small garden near the main house with a few others clustered in small groups doing various jobs or talking among themselves.The only whites to be seen were a couple of rough looking men with untrimmed beards, clad in the remnants of gray uniforms, one with a missing arm and the other moving about slowly on handmade crutches My word Grandmother Stewart declared, fanning herself inside the carriage as they stopped in front of the house Surely this cannot be the right place She was about to lean out the window and address the driver to take them back, when Lauren called her attention to a young woman clad in an emerald green gown with a small hat of matching color that contained a long white plume, who had exited from the house, crossed the veranda, and was now coming down the steps to meet them.The sight of a well dressed lady seemed initially to give Grandmother Stewart some relief however, a moment later she proclaimed Good heavens She s not wearing gloves, is barefoot and and I believe she isn t white but octoroon Why on earth is a Negress wearing clothes that obviously belong to a white lady Former slaves must have taken over the house and its possessions Sssh, grandmother, she will hear you Lauren cautioned, while secretly intrigued by the lovely young woman approaching I hardly believe I need guard my speech where such a person is concerned Freda sniffed but said nothing further.A moment later the young woman had reached their carriage Welcome to Heatherwood Charla said with a smile.Freda put a lace handkerchief to her face as if for some kind of protection We re here to see Dr Byrd She announced stiffly without looking at Charla You must be Mrs Freda Stewart, Charla surmised, and then quickly directed her gaze to Lauren, and you must be Miss Lauren Stewart Lauren smiled shyly and Charla returned it with a wide grin Yes, we are Freda replied Would you please be so good as to announce our arrival to Dr Byrd I ll go tell grandfather you re here I beg your pardon Freda said, clearing her throat.Charla repeated herself, although she was fairly certain the woman had actually heard her You don t mean to say Dr Byrd is is your grandfather Freda stammered weakly Yes Charla answered simply.
Shadows of the South Post American Civil War lesbian historical romanceAt Heatherwood plantation Charla has always lived as a slave but now its former master Dr Samuel Byrd her grandfather acknowledges her and wants to

  • Title: Shadows of the South
  • Author: Helen Dunn
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 thought on “Shadows of the South”

    1. Intense short story. Full of twists and turns. Wish it were longer, maybe then I'd be able to connect to the story and characters.

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