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Book Corner

By Staff
June 4, 2003
Set in the Civil War era, the novel also raises social and humanitarian issues that transcend time and place compelling the reader to realize that, though times might change, human nature doesn't.
Diaz's heroine, Catherine, is a Southern bride who barely knows the man she marries and he is immediately called to join his unit in the Confederate army. When he returns, shrouded in black and accompanied by a mysterious woman claiming to be his nurse, Catherine is overwhelmed with conflicting emotions.
The appearance of a handsome stranger heightens her confusion, and she can't deny a growing attraction to him. Guilt, suspicion, and the discovery of a double treachery force Catherine into a maze of deceit and intrigue, causing her to fear for her life and her soul.
In the first chapter, Diaz writes: "Catherine felt her stomach tighten. A whiff of cold wind stirred a few strands of reddish hair from beneath her bonnet and brought a flush of pink across the high cheekbones and slim nose."
But a husband she barely knew was returning home blind. How would Catherine cope?
Diaz has worked as a columnist and feature writer for newspapers, and between other jobs she has owned and operated a writing service.
She has won two regional awards in short-story writing. Born and raised in Memphis, she, her husband and her two children now live near Oxford.
Her Web site address is www.debradiaz.com.
Book: "Shadow of Dawn."
How to order: Available online
at pdbookstore.com, amazon.com. and
barnesandnoble.com.
Publisher: Bedside Books, an imprint of American Book Publishing.
The price: $22.
If you are a Mississippi author and would like your book featured in this column. Send book and background information to Penny Randall, The Meridian Star, P.O.Box 1591,Meridian, MS 39302; call: (601) 693-1551 or
e-mail: prandall@themeridianstar.com.

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