Headless dolls, horse races, and arson—the tools of passion. It's 1899, and Caroline Corbett is ready for the twentieth century. She's excited to find work and meet new people—but gets more than expected when a rough-hewn Lowcountry farmer and a small-town doctor both engage her affections. The broad-shouldered, genial farmer is clear about his desires, and he's there for her. The doctor is sophisticated, educated, and obviously the right choice—but sees no reason to dwell on certain realities. In trying to decide between them, Caroline fails to consider the girl Jessie. A young sociopath bent on her own way, Jessie Bell sees very good reasons to dredge up unpleasant realities—and to create new ones. Before long, this South Carolina landscape is riddled with the detritus of her intense jealousies, which have set astonishing and horrifying events into motion.
Sophia Alexander writes character-driven historical fiction that grips readers’ emotions and surprises them with unexpected twists. Mother of two college students and a number of manuscripts, Sophia is a graduate of the College of Charleston and divides her time between Greeleyville, SC, and Savannah, GA. A Lowcountry native, she is the author of The Silk Trilogy. Its first installment, Silk: Caroline’s Story, has garnered a clutch of accolades: finalist for the Shelf Unbound 2021 Best Indie Book Awards, finalist in the Historical Fiction category for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2021, finalist in the Family Saga category for the American Fiction Awards 2021, and shortlisted for the Goethe Award 2021 by Chanticleer International.