Col. Tyler French, recently retired from the army and divorced from his wife in California, comes east and buys a concrete house on a Carolina barrier island in the early 1990s. He hires a summer girl to help him make it livable, and negotiates with the local backhoe operator to build a seawall to protect it against beach erosion. A history professor neighbor befriends Tyler and introduces him to the small, isolated beach community, the center of which is a lowlife bar owned by the backhoe man. As Tyler and the girl work together, he learns she has run away and is hiding from her oppressive preacher husband. A friendship blossoms into much more, but the husband tracks her and takes her away while a hurricane bears down on the island, leaving Tyler distraught and in danger.
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About the Author
Ralph Bowden has entertained himself by writing mostly fiction for almost 30 years, through and following careers as an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry, a history professor, a home builder, an alternative energy consultant, an instructional designer, and a technical writer. Twenty-six novels, four story collections, a volume of collected short fiction, and a three-act play reside, mostly unread, on his hard drive. He likes all of his word children. Realistically, some of them are probably flawed and maybe even terrible. Others might entertain readers besides himself, but Ralph hasn’t the time or ego drive to promote and sell, nor the stomach for collecting rejection letters. Self-publishing avoids all that and is quick. If somebody finds and likes what he has written, fine. If not, the world will go on (or not) just the same.