Rejected by the exclusive women’s college she has her heart set on, Tess Seibert dreads the hot, aimless summer ahead. But when a chance encounter with a snake introduces her to Jacob Lane, a black college student home on his summer break, a relationship blooms that challenges the prejudices of her small, north Florida town.
When Jacob confesses that Tess’s uncle is trying to steal his family’s land, Tess comes face to face with the hatred that simmers just below the surface of the bay and marshes she’s loved since birth. With the help of her mentor Lulu, an herbal healer, Tess pieces together clues to the mysterious disappearance of Jacob’s father twenty-two years earlier and uncovers family secrets that shatter her connection to the land she loves.
Tess and Jacob’s bond puts them both in peril, and discontent eventually erupts into violence. Tess is forced to make a decision. Can she right old wrongs and salvage their love? Or will prejudice and hatred kill any chance she and Jacob might have had?
“Don't miss this compelling story of love, loss, and redemption! A real winner.” ~Haywood Smith, New York Times bestselling author of THE RED HAT CLUB and QUEEN BEE OF MIMOSA BRANCH
"With finely honed and evocative language, Laura Templeton tells the undeniably powerful story of a woman who must solve the mysteries of her past before she can find her present and future happiness. Set against a beautifully rendered Appalachia, SOMETHING YELLOW illuminates a journey of discovery that tests the bonds of human endurance and culminates in a triumph of the human spirit and human heart."
~Ann Howard Creel, author of THE MAGIC OF ORDINARY DAYS Click here to order: Amazon
Excerpted from the November 2012 issue of Skirt! magazine.
My fascination with the mixing bowls started early. These particular bowls aren’t Italian glass or English porcelain or hand-crafted pottery. They’re just ordinary Pyrex. My grandmother gave them to my mother in the 1940s, soon after my parents married. The four party-colored bowls nest one inside the other: yellow, green, red, blue. Their smooth, rounded insides are milky white. They’ve never been in a dishwasher, and their colors after 70 years remain glossy and vibrant as oil paint. There’s a childlike, post-war optimism to the bowls’ design that appeals to me.
I am an author living near Athens, Georgia. My novels explore the sometimes exciting, sometimes tragic events that shape and define the lives of contemporary women. Home, family, and nature are the threads that bind my characters to place… and to each other.