Intricate, gripping, and poignant… Addictively readable.
The award-winning Ffleming returns with another compelling tale, a stand-alone historical saga, with memorable, deeply realized characters, genuine surprises, and family intrigue. The young and resilient Laurel Whitman has always struggled with her father’s disdain toward her. But when a small incident ignites Calvin Whitman’s rage, resulting in Laurel thrown out of the house, the latter knows she must travel to Maryland to see her grandmother and find the reason behind her father’s hate. Ffleming’s evocation of life in 1800s Maryland is atmospheric and authentic, bringing the era to life, but the heart of the novel is her expertly crafted, multi-layered cast of fictional people, some of them modeled on real historical figures. Readers will easily fall in love with the independent Laurel and spunky Margaret. Evocative, assured prose pulls the reader deep into the intriguing storyline. The novel is as much about the very nature of the intricacies of familial relationships as it is about the questions of identity, love, trust, betrayal, and revenge. This is a page-turner.
Truth of the Matter
By Leigh Ffleming
Envisage Press, LLC
Pub date March 12, 2021
Price $13.99 (USD) Paperback, $6.17 Kindle edition