You Can’t Outrun Your Roots

By McGee Mathews

Over the decades, she never stopped thinking about her high school sweetheart.

What if instead of meeting someone new, you reconnected with someone from your past?

As Southern as fried chicken and peach cobbler, free spirit Gloria Robinson spent her lifetime building a successful permaculture farm on the tired dirt of former cotton fields in South Carolina. Now widowed, Gloria is certain she’ll never find someone new, not in this town. She wouldn’t even know how to try. Politically, she fears her years of effort for social justice are slipping backward. She’s becoming weary, but she’s digging in her heels.

Living in Washington D.C., perpetually single, party girl Anna May Walker floats through life disconnected from her roots in the South. Self-focused, she often ponders how she wronged Gloria in high school. When Anna May’s father dies, she heads home to lure her mother to move near her in a retirement community.

Avoiding each other in a small town is impossible, particularly when Anna May’s boss unwittingly assigns her to write a story about Gloria’s farm. After decades apart, will the old sparks be enough to restart a fire between them?

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