Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Coming on May 7, 2019
When Annie Taft was just three years old, her mother, Lydia, was murdered during a camping trip the two of them were on in the woods of the local state park.
The town of Ludlow, South Carolina rallied behind young Annie. When she said “Uncle” Cord had taken them camping and was the one who hurt her mother, the town was quick to convict Cordell Lewis for the murder of Lydia Taft.
After the murder, Annie’s Aunt Faye moved to Ludlow with her daughter, Clary, to raise her niece. Faye’s sacrifice to keep Annie in Ludlow would be the talk of the town for many years to come. The town watched Annie grow up and cheered her on; she was their golden girl and everyone wanted her to have a happy ending to her story.
Now Annie is about to get her happy ending. Her wedding is just two weeks away and the citizens of Ludlow could not be more excited. At the same time the final wedding preparations are underway, a local attorney is lobbying for the release of Cordell Lewis based on new evidence in the case.
“But in doing so, he had brought attention to Annie at a particularly unwelcome time. She just wanted to get married, to get on with her future to stop being “that poor murdered woman’s daughter.” She’d spent her life trying to show everyone that she is more than that – and yet it always comes back to it.” (Only Ever Her, p. 48)
Then, just four days before the wedding, Cordell Lewis is released from prison, in part due to a letter written by Annie. But that night Annie doesn’t return home. Is she just pulling one of her disappearing acts? Or did something terrible happen to her?
The town of Ludlow has their secrets, and with Annie missing, those secrets are about to be revealed. As the wedding date draws closer, will they find Annie in time for her to walk down the aisle?
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