Sautee Shadows: Book one of the Georgia Gold Series is the sweeping saga of four families whose lives intertwine through romance, adventure and murder, linking antebellum Georgia’s coast and mountains during the economic expansion of the 1830s.
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Richard Randall’s Family moves from New York to Savannah, Georgia to establish a shipping company. Richard’s son Jack finds the southern city alien, his struggle to fit in only intensifying with the death of his mother. Eventually the Randalls follow the example of many other coastal elite, like the rice-planter Rousseaus, customers of Richard’s, by building a summer home in Habersham County’s foothills. Attracted by the possibility of future railroad tourism, Jack decides to purchase a hotel in Clarkesville where he meets an unexpected competitor, young, lovely and spirited Mahala Franklin.
Orphaned daughter of a man murdered for his gold and a Cherokee mother, Mahala was raised by a farm family in the Sautee Valley and torn from them by her maternal grandmother as a young teen. Mahala’s life has been focused on the clues left in her father’s strongbox and wondering if her father’s murderer is still living in the same town.