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Poppy believes she’s a nobody without Meagan, her best friend since childhood.
They’re college roommates, majoring in fine art with high aspirations of becoming successful artists. But Poppy’s world shatters when she’s suspended one semester before graduating.
Her controlling father, Pastor Wayne, sends her away to live in her mother’s abandoned, soon to be condemned, homeplace while it’s being repaired. The same homeplace he’s forbidden his wife to visit, except for funerals, since they’ve been married.
Alone in a new town, in the rural mountains of North Carolina, Poppy struggles to begin again. She convinces her reserved mother to share stories about her family’s past. She visits a nearby art gallery and develops a schoolgirl crush on the owner. She attends a local watercolor class, makes new artist friends and is dismayed by the instructor. She tells no one of her reoccurring dreams, but with the help of Liam, the town handyman, she begins to face issues leading to her own healing.
Will Poppy have the courage to stop living in Meagan’s shadow, develop her own beliefs and accept her true muse hidden away in long-buried family secrets?
A Note From the Publisher
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“When I finished reading, She Lost Her Muse, I wasn't ready to leave the town of Maypole or my new artist friends with whom I felt I had a true sisterhood. June Rollins has crafted a well written, entertaining, thoroughly captivating story about the challenges and triumphs of an artist's life in the midst of a small-town. I cannot wait to return to Maypole to visit Poppy and my new friends! I hope it won't be long!”
—Rev. Dr. Anne Conover, Artist in Residence, College Place UMC, Greensboro, NC
“Just like June’s artwork, you will find a plethora of strong characterizations and a variety of storylines that keep you from putting her first novel down until finishe.”
—Barbara Norman, Editor, Yadkin Valley Magazine
“She Lost Her Muse pulls you in from the first scene to the end. I found myself staying up late to read it, just to see what would happen. June Rollins has blended a beautiful story of small-town charm, family secrets, and a young woman coming into her own with a dash of mountain magic. I was sad when it was over and can’t wait to see what her muse will inspire next!”
—Chaplain Andrea Simmonds, M.Div
“I really enjoyed She Lost Her Muse. It was well-paced, well-written, and really engaging — I was rooting for Poppy the whole time, and loved watching her grow into herself. I’m completely captivated with all the characters in Maypole, and can’t wait to hear more from them.”
—Kim Haulena, Romance Editor
“Engaging read that I enjoyed from the first to last page. June Rollins’ debut book is a delight. She has mastered the art of storytelling.”
—Cathy Cammick, Owner, Cherokee Cellars
“In She Lost Her Muse, June Rollins weaves her life experiences into a captivating story of the self-discovery of a talented young artist. I enjoyed journeying with Poppy as she confronted the externals which have long given her life meaning, a childhood best friend, a strict religious faith, and an expectation to do nothing to tarnish the family reputation. Along the way, she grows to embrace her own giftedness as well as the important truth that her life can also be a blessing to others. June Rollins has filled the pages of this novel with hope in the midst of life’s sometimes unfair twists and turns. I look forward to the additional books in this series and the continued encouragement to discover, befriend, and nurture the muse within us.”
—Rev. Amy L. Coles, Assistant to the Bishop WNCCUMC
“A charming, evocative tale of exile and homecoming, friendship and betrayal, forgiveness and self discovery. Thoroughly enjoyable. I anxiously await book two.”
—Cathy Taylor, Artist, Educator and Author of Pigments of Your Imagination, Creating with Alcohol Inks
“Fun, sassy and poignant. Especially enjoyable for those of us who have ever struggled with our artistic identity.”
—Pattie Bagley, Resident Artist, John C. Campbell Folk School
“Novels like, She Lost Her Muse, by June Rollins keep readers reading. Some will enter the world of character Poppy Fields from Crider, North Carolina, and be unable to put down this book. Others will delight lingering over well-crafted chapters, anticipating plot contours. Rollins’ debut novel delivers originality and potential for a sequel or better still, a trilogy. Delve in and meet characters whose secrets lead to artistic canvases for which we can cheer.”
“She Lost Her Muse is one of those novels I just couldn’t put down. From the very first paragraph I cared about Poppy and what happened to her. June Rollins gently pulled me into Poppy’s complex inner life while keeping me interested with all the twists and turns and mysteries surrounding Poppy. Her struggle to find her voice and her calling is set against the restraints of her religious background and constraints of small town life. The surprises in this novel keep on coming up until the very end. Such a satisfying and rewarding read. Can’t wait for the next one!”
—Edna Jean Lee
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