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Muddy Bottom (eBook)

Muddy Bottom (eBook)

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A mother and daughter pick up the pieces of their lives after being abandoned by their father/husband.


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Birdie Fuller’s new year is off to a bad start. Her husband has mysteriously disappeared, leaving Birdie to cope with their unmarried daughter’s unplanned pregnancy. Birdie and Hannah disagree about the baby. Birdie urges her daughter to consider abortion, but Hannah is determined to see the pregnancy to term.

When Hannah returns for her last semester in college, Birdie must face her demons, the problems in her marriage that drove her husband to clean out their bank accounts and run off with another woman.While struggling to hide her pregnancy from her roommates and ex-boyfriend, Hannah interviews for jobs that will take her and her baby far away from her mother. After graduation, with months to kill before the start of her new career, she returns to Palmetto Island for the summer to await the birth of her baby.

Tension mounts between Hannah and Birdie when they move from their waterfront home to a two-bedroom apartment above a bakery. Can mother and daughter mend their relationship? Or will they be lost to each other forever?

"If you love romantic women's fiction with family focused stories, you will enjoy this series of friendship, hope, and second chances."

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From her kitchen window, Birdie watches the sun rise over the inlet. Pink sky atop golden marsh and murky water. A new day. A new year. A fresh start. Aside from a gust of wind rippling the water, the inlet is quiet, the world sleeping off last night’s celebration.

What does this year hold for her? Will she expand her pie business? Or will this be the year she returns to nursing? Baking satisfies a creative side she’s only recently discovered and keeps her connected to friends and acquaintances she wouldn’t otherwise see. Watching her business flourish has become one of the few joys in an otherwise mundane life. Humdrum, her mama used to call it. Isn’t that the norm for middle age?

Casting frequent glances at the window, Birdie rolls out her first batch of pie crusts. Rum is the pie flavor of month. Her grandmother’s recipe is the best she’s ever tasted, but the directions are complicated, and by the time she places three pies in the oven, it’s going on nine o’clock. She’s surprised and slightly concerned her husband hasn’t returned home from kayaking. Cary rarely misses an opportunity to sleep in, especially on holidays. But they’d gone to bed early, choosing not to usher in the New Year, and he was gone when she woke a few minutes before dawn.

Retrieving her fleece from the coat closet, she slips out the back door, crosses the screen porch, and makes her way down the path to the creek. On the other side of the wooden storage shed that houses life preservers and fishing equipment, she discovers Cary’s kayak in the bottom slot of the log rack. Turning away from the rack, she sees their center console boat tied to the dock and, up at the house, Cary’s car in the driveway alongside Birdie’s and their daughter’s.

Where could her husband possibly be at such an early hour on New Year’s Day?

Wrapping her fleece tighter, she hurries up to the attached garage where she finds Cary’s bicycle hanging from a rack alongside his hunting waders. Birdie enters the house through the kitchen and darts up the stairs to their bedroom. His wallet is on top of their chest of drawers, his iPad and iPhone charging on his bedside table. In their shared walk-in closet, his suits and starched dress shirts hang according to color in a neat row. His carry-on suitcase, the only one he owns, is parked beneath the built-in shelves that house his shoes.

Heart pounding in ears, Birdie scours the house from attic to utility basement, checking in closets and under beds. Cary is nowhere in sight. Wait! There’s one room left to search. Why didn’t she think of it sooner? Cary must be with Hannah. When their daughter was a child, Cary read to her nearly every night. During Hannah’s teenage years, Birdie often found him sitting in the rocker beside her bed late at night, watching Hannah sleep. He must have gone into her room to kiss her goodnight and nodded off in the rocker.

She takes the stairs two at a time on the way back to the second floor. Cracking Hannah’s door open, she peeks inside. Her daughter is sleeping in a ball on her side, palms pressed together and wedged between cheek and pillow. The rocker beside her bed is empty.

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Muddy Bottom
Birdie Fuller’s new year is off to a bad start. Her husband has mysteriously disappeared, leaving Birdie to cope with their unmarried daughter’s unplanned pregnancy. As they clash over whether Hannah should keep the baby, Birdie confronts the issues in her marriage that led to her husband leaving. Meanwhile, Hannah juggles her final college semester and job hunting for a future that includes her child, away from Birdie. Returning to Palmetto Island for the summer, the tension between them escalates as they downsize to from their beloved waterfront home to an apartment above a bakery. Amidst the backdrop of romantic women's fiction, Palmetto Island delves into the complexities of a strained mother-daughter bond, exploring themes of family, hope, and the quest for second chances.

Change of Tides
Birdie Fuller doesn’t like change. And a lot of change is happening at once. Her daughter, Hannah, finally cutting the apron strings, is moving with her three-year-old grandson to a nearby city. Facing a lonely empty nest, Birdie joins a dating website to find companionship. She meets the seemingly perfect man, but is their relationship too good to be true? Meanwhile, Hannah, inspired by the tranquility of Palmetto Island for her web design business, must choose between the comfort of her mother's home and the growth opportunities of a bustling city. Her carefully constructed world is shaken when Ryan, the father of her child who remains unaware of his son, unexpectedly reappears. Hannah stands at a crossroads: to rekindle a past relationship with Ryan or open her heart to new possibilities.

Lowcountry on My Mind
Amelia has been plotting to escape her abusive husband for years. When her mama’s untimely death provides an unexpected opportunity, she hops on the next bus to the South Carolina Lowcountry. Her husband will eventually come for her. But she’s prepared. Her freedom has given her the confidence to face her uncertain future. She settles in at her family’s oceanfront estate to await her destiny. But a visit from Amelia’s past presents danger in a different form.

Sail Away
Becca has embarked on the most important mission of her life. She trusts no one, and she’s running out of time. On a whim, she rents a beach cottage on Palmetto Island for the summer. She’s searching for a solution to her problem. Help comes in unexpected friendships with three amazing women of Palmetto Island.