Walking Through Shadows by Bev Marshall
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When the body of seventeen-year-old Sheila Barnes is found on Lloyd Cotton’s dairy farm in 1941, nearly all the citizens of the quiet town of Zebulon, Mississippi, feel the effects of her murder. But those most deeply affected by the tragedy include her young husband, Stoney, and the Cotton family, who took Sheila in and grew to love and respect her.
Though badly abused by her father, labeled “slow-witted,” and burdened with a physical deformity, Sheila approaches life with a natural, cheerful optimism and an unwavering belief in the healing powers of magic. She quickly becomes the Best Friend of eleven-year-old Annette Cotton, and subtly charms and changes those around her, proving to many that true wisdom often comes from unlikely places.
Marshall has created a page-turner of stunning lyrical beauty that is impossible to forget. At the heart of this literary murder mystery is the powerful truth that love conquers all—even death.

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Bev Marshall, a native of McComb, Mississippi, lived as a nomadic military wife for many years. She has returned to her Southern roots and teaches English at Southeastern Louisiana University. She lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with her husband. Walking Through Shadows is her first novel.
 

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Bev Marshall is the critically acclaimed author of "Walking Through Shadows," A native of McComb, Mississippi, she lived as a nomadic military wife for many years. Marshall returned to her Southern roots and taught English at Southeastern Louisiana University. She now lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with her husband. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published April 22, 2010 by MP Publishing Limited. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Fiction

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Since Lloyd Cotton’s wife Rowena convinced him to hire Sheila Barnes two years earlier to save the girl from an abusive father, Sheila has proven a hard worker on Lloyd’s dairy farm.

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Their unlikely love affair leads to a wedding and a difficult pregnancy, but real trouble surfaces when Stoney starts beating Sheila, and Stoney's brutal father and brother begin paying the couple threatening visits.

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The beatings – and other abuse – she receives from him on a regular basis are the central reason in her leaving home, to seek work and shelter at the Cottons’.

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