Count the nights by stars : a novel

by Shocklee, Michelle,

Format: Print Book 2022
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A 2023 Christianity Today Book of the Year Award-winner!Count your nights by stars, not shadows. Count your life with smiles, not tears. 1961. After a longtime resident at Nashville's historic Maxwell House Hotel suffers a debilitating stroke, Audrey Whitfield is tasked with cleaning out the reclusive woman's room. There, she discovers an elaborate scrapbook filled with memorabilia from the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Love notes on the backs of unmailed postcards inside capture Audrey's imagination with hints of a forbidden romance . . . and troubling revelations about the disappearance of young women at the exposition. Audrey enlists the help of a handsome hotel guest as she tracks down clues and information about the mysterious "Peaches" and her regrets over one fateful day, nearly sixty-five years earlier. 1897. Outspoken and forward-thinking Priscilla Nichols isn't willing to settle for just any man. She's still holding out hope for love when she meets Luca Moretti on the eve of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Charmed by the Italian immigrant's boldness, Priscilla spends time exploring the wonderous sights of the expo with Luca--until a darkness overshadows the monthslong event. Haunted by a terrible truth, Priscilla and Luca are sent down separate paths as the night's stars fade into dawn.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Shocklee (Under the Tulip Tree) delivers a riveting historical romance set at the famed Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. In 1961, Audrey Whitfield, daughter of the Maxwell's manager, returns home from college to care for her disabled brother and grief-stricken father after her mother's death. When one of the hotel's elderly residents, Priscilla Nichols, becomes ill and moves into a nursing home, it falls to Audrey to sort through the woman's belongings to clear the room. Audrey uncovers a scrapbook containing mementos from the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition and a series of love letters describing the Exposition's first night, including the disappearance of a young immigrant woman. The letters slowly bring Priscilla's life into focus: her reluctant courtship with a repugnant Southern aristocrat, her ill-fated romance with a poor Italian immigrant, and the dark injustice she discovers hiding in her hometown. The narrative shifts between timelines: in 1961, Audrey investigates the decades-old disappearance with the help of an attractive civil rights lawyer-in-training staying at the Maxwell, and in 1897, Priscilla falls in love and stumbles upon a terrible secret on the eve of the Exposition. Shocklee masterfully weaves mystery and romance in this spellbinding study of the horrors of xenophobia and the bravery of those who stand up to it. This is a timely and expertly crafted tale. (Mar.)"
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Subjects Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition -- (1897 : -- Nashville, Tenn.) -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Young women -- Fiction.
Hotel cleaning personnel -- Fiction.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Fiction.
Religious fiction.
Historical fiction.
Christian fiction.
Publisher Carol Stream, Illinois :Tyndale House Publishers,2022
Language English
Notes Includes discussion questions.
Description xi, 407 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781496461094
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