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Cathy Holton, author of the popular Beach Trip, returns with an intriguing and mysterious tale of dark deeds and family secrets in a small Southern town.After a personal tragedy, Chicago writer Ava Dabrowski quits her job to spend the summer in Woodburn, Tennessee, at the invitation of her old college friend Will Fraser and his two great-aunts, Josephine and Fanny Woodburn. Her charming hosts offer Ava a chance to relax at their idyllic ancestral estate, Woodburn Hall, while working on her first novel. But Woodburn is anything but quiet: Ancient feuds lurk just beneath its placid surface, and modern-day rivalries emerge as Ava finds herself caught between the competing attentions of Will and his black-sheep cousin Jake. Fascinated by the family’s impressive history—their imposing house filled with treasures, and their mingling with literary lions Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner—Ava stumbles onto rumors about the darker side of the Woodburns’ legacy.



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Cathy Holton

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Cathy Holton entertained readers with her stories of strong, intelligent women trying to survive in an often hostile world. The Boston Globe said: "Holton has a lively, fluid style that shifts easily among the viewpoints' of several characters and goes down as easily as sweet tea," while Entertainment Weekly calls her prose "Sharp, witty, and warm." Although grateful for the critical praise, it is the enthusiastic response of readers who tell her they "laughed, cried, and let dinner burn" while reading one of her novels that inspired her most.

Sadly, Cathy passed away in 2013 after a long-term illness, authoring five wonderful novels before leaving us. Fortunately for her readers, she left behind a treasure trove of finished and partially finished manuscripts. Her family and publishers can think of no better way to honor her life than to edit and publish these works. To that end, the first of these novels, The Rico Boys will release in late September, 2016, with many more to follow.



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