A novel of entanglements in New Orleans, 1880
by Rosemary Poole-Carter
Pub Date 30 Apr 2019
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Lenore James, a woman of independent means who has outlived three husbands, is determined to disentangle her brother Gilbert from the beguiling Charlotte Eden. Chafing against misogyny and racism in the post-Civil War South, Lenore learns that Charlotte’s husband is enmeshed in the re-enslavement schemes of a powerful judge, and she worries that Gilbert’s adoration of Charlotte will lead him into disaster. Inspired by a production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Lenore adopts the role of Paulina for herself to discover how far Charlotte’s husband bears the blame for his wife’s fate and whether or not he is capable of atonement. In her process of unraveling the intricacies of the lives of others, Lenore finds that Gilbert’s love for Charlotte is, indeed, his saving grace while Lenore’s passion for creative expression is her own.
"Yes, Gilbert is a charmer, and Charlotte is quite intriguing, but the voice of Lenore called out to me from the first page, and I became ever more deeply entranced by her character as the story demonstrates how an intelligent and insightful woman of 19th century New Orleans might deal with the constraints of the culture of that era. Her resourcefulness, her compassion (so like her brother Gilbert’s), and her courage are inspirational even in our time." . . . Katherine Parr, actress, singer, and author of No Coin for the Ferryman
“A compelling and beautifully written story to keep you reading half the night . . . Set in 19 th century corrupt, poverty-ridden, yet genteel New Orleans after the Civil War, Only Charlotte has a cadence all its own. Rosemary Poole-Carter is a greatly gifted author who has created an unforgettable mystery where kindness and evil are inexorably entwined." . . . Stephanie Cowell, author of Marrying Mozart and Claude & Camille: a novel of Monet
Only Charlotte author Rosemary Poole-Carter is working with BreakThrough Promotions on an extensive schedule of signings and events, beginning with bookstores and libraries in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and Louisiana. The promotional schedule will also include radio and online interviews and guest blog spots. The author plans to participate in programs at the June 2019 Historical Novel Society Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, and the November 2019 Bouchercon Convention in Dallas, Texas. Plans for other programs and events will be ongoing.