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When the Bough Breaks: Rockabye Baby

(Satilla County Novels)

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Love, hate, ambition, greed, lasciviousness-- human nature is laid bare in this story about the fall of the grandest house in Hebron, Georgia. Following the sudden death on the same night of her infant son and her rich and powerful husband, Ada McCallum, too young and too beautiful, must assume control of a vast empire and make her way in a world of men at war, at home and ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Outskirts Press
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Dan Porter
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Carl Goodman is the owner, editor, and sole reporter of The Breeze, the weekly newspaper in Hebron, Georgia. He also narrates the story of Ada McCallum, a beautiful, young woman whose infant son and rich, powerful husband both die unexpectedly in the early morning hours of the same day. With control of her late husband’s many business ventures thrust upon her, Ada calls on her inner strength to withstand the attacks of those who oppose her. Facing a society divided by the prospect of entering a ...more
Miranda
Jul 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
DNF. Not saying it was a bad book just not one for me.
Angela Kinder
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you love Gone With The Wind, you'll like this book! I'm not sure if this book really has much of a plot, but it was intriguing. The first pages are filled with the deaths of her husband Hiram and her baby, Hiram Jr. That sets the mood for this book- sad. An editor for the paper (whose name we finally find out at the end of the book) is that narrator. He tells us Ada's story- lies, deceit, triumph, and loss. Boll weevils (which I had to look up because I had no clue what they were), drought, W ...more
Laurie Tanner
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a captivating historical drama! I was both taken in and enchanted by the life of Ada. The author weaves a fascinating story featuring the Great War, the demise of King Cotton, the diminishing Long-Leaf Pine, foreclosures of family farms, the KKK and racial tension, the introduction of tobacco, as well as every day life in South Georgia. In 2012 it is hard to imagine the unmistakable distinctions between classes a hundred years ago. In South Georgia class structure was based on the wealth an ...more
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Oscar Patton is a graduate of Berry College, the University of Tennessee, and Florida State University. A retired college professor of literature and composition, he now spends his days at his writing place on the family farm near Ambrose, Georgia.

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