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The Truth Keepers: A Novel

By author: June Hall McCash
Product Code: HH1015
ISBN: 9780881468182
Publisher: Mercer University Press
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Price: $27.00

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THE TRUTH KEEPERS is a historical novel that tells the tale of a torn family and the struggles of a young nation. Set primarily on Jekyll Island, Georgia, in the nineteenth-century, it is based on the true story of Henri du Bignon, his wife, and his long-time mistress. Henri, the younger and favored du Bignon son, is portrayed through the eyes of his French wife, Amelia Nicolau, and his English mistress, Sarah Aust, both of whom have reasons for regret. Once well-respected in local social and business circles, Henri shocks the entire coastal community following his wife's death, with unexpected actions that ultimately drive him from the island to begin a new life elsewhere. The story begins with a fictionalized account, based on recently discovered documents of the Nicolau family in Bordeaux, France, who live through the revolution in their native land before coming to America and settling on the Georgia coast. As it explores the issues and limitations faced especially by women in nineteenth-century America, the story takes us from the French Revolution through the Civil War and its aftermath, when nearby Brunswick residents encounter many hardships, among them having to evacuate their town to the invading Union army. The novel ends in 1877, followed by a poignant epilogue set in the 1950s.
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Review by: Charles Seabrook, author of CUMBERLAND ISLAND: STRONG WOMEN, STRONG HORSES, and columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution - December 1, 2021
THE TRUTH KEEPERS is absolutely captivating, but what makes it even more riveting is that it is based on the true history of Henri du Bignon, a powerful Antebellum plantation owner in coastal Georgia whose insatiable lust ruined women and destroyed families. This amazingly true narrative has long begged to be told by a superb storyteller and June Hall McCash is that person. An outstanding novel!
Review by: Ann Hite, author of GHOSTS ON BLACK MOUNTAIN and the forthcoming HAINTS ON BLACK MOUNTAIN - December 1, 2021
June Hall McCash is one of the best historical fiction writers I have read, and she doesn’t disappoint with THE TRUTH KEEPERS. The 1800s Georgia Coast comes off the page and becomes a character in this intriguing tale.
Review by: Raymond Atkins, author of SWEETWATER BLUES and SET LIST - December 1, 2021
In THE TRUTH KEEPERS, June Hall McCash continues the saga of the du Bignon family as they carve new lives from the Lowcountry of coastal Georgia. With beautiful language and amazing attention to detail, McCash paints a portrait that is both compelling and disturbing. She demonstrates with consummate skill that people are, after all, just people, and that the lives we lead are the lives that we make for ourselves. Do yourself a favor and read this book. You will be happy you did.

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