Historical Fiction Novel Takes Readers From A Southern Plantation To
For Immediate Release
Author Marilyn Holdsworth is pleased to announce the promotion of
historical fiction novel for women – The Beautiful American.
Abby Long is thrilled when she offers the winning bid for an antique desk
at an auction. With its intricately inlaid woods and elegant style, the
desk is perfect for Abby; it is the gift she promised herself to finally
celebrate her thriving antique business. She has no idea that the antique
desk holds a secret that will lead her on a fascinating, life-changing
journey back in time.
When Abby discovers a hidden diary stuffed inside a secret compartment in
the desk, she can hardly wait to read the spidery, faded script. As she
carefully turns the tattered pages, she reads the captivating story of two
remarkable women from opposite backgrounds who somehow manage to form an
unforgettable bond against the backdrop of a fledgling America struggling
to find its place in the world. Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, the wife of
James Monroe, and Jasmine, a young slave girl, develop an extraordinary
relationship as they are united by pivotal historic events, political
intrigues, and personal tragedies.
From a bucolic Virginia plantation to the bloodied, starving streets of
post-revolutionary Paris, this powerful tale follows the lives of two
courageous women from the past as they quietly influence—and inspire—a
woman of today’s world.
The Beautiful American is available in both print and ebook format.
The Beautiful American
Author: Marilyn Holdsworth
Published: April 2012
Genre: Historical Fiction, YA
About The Author:
Marilyn Holdsworth graduated from Occidental College, where she majored in
literature and history. She has traveled extensively in France and
currently is a Huntington Library Fellow. Marilyn is a descendant of James
Monroe, has visited Monroe’s Virginia residence, and conducted research at
the James Monroe Museum. She currently lives in Southern California.
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