Gone With the Wedding
By Laura Briggs
Copyright 2013 Laura Briggs
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"Antonia knew that if she looked back, she would see only the desolation and despair which lingered in the ruins of Swan's Nest. Burned ashes of rebel pride and fierce yearnings for the happier times which seemed an age ago.
In her mind, the picture of its glories shone beneath the undying sunlight of memory. As vivid and vital, as deeply woven into the fabric of her beating heart as Jackson's love and devotion."
Amy closed the book in her hands after reading these words aloud, a slight tear edging her voice. The gratifying applause from her listeners, an assembly of local literature critics and book club representatives, made her heart swell with pride once again, although she had grown used to the reception of fanfare over the past few months. Ever since the first time she read a glowing review or saw The Antebellum Heart on display in a bookstore window or first saw the twin posters which flanked her right now at the head of the room–the book cover of Antonia's wind-swept countenance in her signature gold ball gown on one side, her own flayaway blond curls and smiling-but-business-serious countenance in an author's black-and-white photo.