The Shade of My Own Tree

The Shade of My Own Tree

by Sheila Williams
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The Shade of My Own Tree by Sheila Williams

When life gets too hot to handle, its nice to have a place to cool off. . . .

A Novel

Sheila Williams
Author of Dancing on the Edge of the Roof

Beloved author Sheila Williams beautifully captures the bittersweet humor and vivid adventures of women who survive the worst life can toss at them—and fight back to claim their right to be free, to be themselves, and to live in . . .


The courage to change doesn't come easy. When Opal Sullivan walks out on an abusive husband after fifteen years, she has only her dreams in her pocket. Her new beginning starts in Appalachian River country, where she sees a bit of herself in a graceful but dilapidated house. Like Opal, the house is worn-out and somewhat beaten up, but it still stands proudly and deserves a second chance.

So Opal opens her doors—and her heart—to a parade of unforgettable characters. There's sassy Bette Smith with her cantaloupe-colored hair and four-inch heels; short-tempered Gloria and her devilish son, Troy; the mysterious Dana, who dresses in black and keeps exclusively nocturnal hours; a dog named "Bear" who is afraid of his own shadow; and Jack, who doesn't mind hanging out with an OBBWA (old black broad with an attitude). It is Jack who helps Opal understand a funny thing about life: You can't move forward if you keep looking back. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402563355
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 2.75(h) x 6.30(d)

About the Author

Sheila Williams was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She attended Ohio Wesleyan University and is a graduate of the University of Louisville. She has published four books, including Dancing on the Edge of the Roof. She lives with her family in Newport, Kentucky.

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Shade of My Own Tree 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Sunidae More than 1 year ago
It's great to read a book about a woman finding her worth and helping others as she does so. It's great to read about a winner after the age 40 plus.....
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LadyPMS More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this book I could imagine see this as a movie I even hope there will be another book to follow. I want to see that no good ex-husband pay for all his crap!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much! A girl power book for real women! The characters were realistic and seemed like friends. This was a coming of age story for a woman who had been literally broken and beaten down. Very well written. One of the best books I've read in a while - couldn't put it down!