Seven-year old Billie Cunningham, moves to Baltimore in 1948 with her mother, Lilly Ann, who hopes to find a better life by marrying Herbert Brown, a city slicker, 12 years her senior. Billie's misgivings about the marriage prove to be well founded, and she's forced to keep a terrible secret. She finds solace and safety in an angry Tom McNeal, Jr., who appoints himself her protector. Also, unbeknowst to Billie, her clairvoyant, mysterious grandmother, Gertie, in South Carolina, does things on her behalf. Ultimately, Billie and Tom realize they must reconcile their pasts in order to truly heal and have a future--whether together or apart.
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About the Author
Stella worked for the Federal Government in a number of analytic, human resources, staff, and managerial positions for over 30 years, retiring as a mid-level executive. In addition to numerous awards, she earned a master's degree from Towson State University and graduated from a number of executive development programs during her government tenure.
In her leisure time, Stella has pursued a number of activities. They include: a short stint as a model with a Baltimore/Washington cultural arts group; singing with a 24-member choir that participated in Jerusalem 3000, a Christmas celebration of international choirs singing in Israel; and as the photo double for journalist and PBS newscaster, Gwen Ifill, in the HBO movie, Game Change. In addition, Stella is active in her church and local community association.
She is married and has two sons, one of whom is also a writer. In addition, she has two delightful granddaughters, who are the joy of her life.