Summer in the South by Cathy Holton
A Novel

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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. Putting aside her planned novel, she turns her creative attentions to the eccentric and tragic clan, a family with more skeletons (and ghosts) in their closets than anyone could possibly imagine. As Ava struggles to write the true story of the Woodburns, she finds herself tangled in the tragic history of a mysterious Southern family whose secrets mirror her own. 


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About Cathy Holton

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Cathy Holton lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband and a rescue dog named Yoshi. She is the author of "Summer in the South", "Beach Trip", "Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes", and "Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes".
 
Published May 24, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 353 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Holton (Beach Trip, 2009) takes a trip to a small Tennessee town and finds a colorful cast with a long-hidden secret among the azalea bushes and magnolia trees.

May 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Summer in the South: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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Holton's (Beach Trip) fourth novel is a carefully fitted nesting doll containing the secrets of one Southern family. Throughout Ava Drabrowski's growing up, her mother constantly kept her on the move,

Feb 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Summer in the South: A Novel

BC Books

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A quirky Southern mystery with perhaps a bit too much detail.

Jul 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Summer in the South: A Novel

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