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"The mysterious murder of seventeen-year-old Sheila Barnes on Lloyd Cotton's dairy farm scandalizes the quiet town of Zebulon, Mississippi, in 1941. Among those most deeply affected by the tragedy are her young husband, Stoney, and the Cotton family, who took Sheila in and loved her as their own." Though abused by her father, labeled "slow-witted," and burdened with a physical deformity, Sheila approaches life with a cheerful optimism and an unwavering belief in the power of everyday magic. She quickly becomes the Best Friend of eleven-year-old Annette Cotton, and somehow charms and changes everyone around her, proving to many that wisdom often comes from unlikely places.

About the Author

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 January 1, 2003 by San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated, 2003.
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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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Southern Lit Review

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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