Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County

The second of two novels about a book club composed of eccentric characters in a small Florida town in 1964. A selection of the Simon & Schuster Book Club; the 700-chapter Pulpwood Queens Book Club; and the Fall-Winter Reading List of Deep South Magazine. Also published in large print and as a Reader's Digest Select Edition. The novel will be translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil in Fall 2016.


“The stories in Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress trade in serious and provocative issues, and the misfit characters within are authentic and true…a vivid, vibrant plot in a journalist’s efficient prose.” - Oct./​Nov. 2015 issue of Inside Jersey, the magazine of The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.

"Hearth's sound writing and wit create a story featuring a wealth of eccentric characters." -Kirkus Reviews

“Radiating southern grace and charm in the manner of Fannie Flagg and Mary Kay Andrews, Hearth’s uplifting novel, a sequel to Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society (2012), is a story of how several very different women learn to navigate the shifting mores and niceties of southern society on their own terms.” - Booklist magazine (American Library Association)

"Hearth has a deft way with dialogue, capturing Southern rhythms subtly...She also finds the comedy (and occasionally the danger) in gossip, that power source of small-town society. Judging by Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County, Naples was a lot sweeter, and a lot more fun, back in 1963." - Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times.

Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County is a story of friendships and of family and the families that develop through friendships. It is a story of the strength of women. And it is a story of secrets and of secrets revealed. It is a loving, touching and heart-warming tale. I highly recommend reading the two Miss Dreamsville books. You can read the Lost Heiress as a stand-alone but your heart needs to read both. They are both so good."
- MysteriesEtc.

“With this follow-up novel about the colorful women of Collier County, Florida, Amy Hill Hearth has proven herself to be one of the most talented fiction writers on shelves today. Her characters are developed with such authenticity, readers are reluctant to leave the page, and her sensory details pull us straight from reality into the lush swamplands and southern communities that never fail to thrill us. Bravo for yet another masterpiece by Hearth, whose works are about as close to perfection as any I’ve ever read. Funny. Charming. Inspiring. And downright delightful. This is a story that’s sure to please.” -Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Into the Free, When Mountains Move, and The Feathered Bone

Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County is not only a delightful diversion, but it is also a lively and wise deliberation on the dynamics of friendship, change, and self-realization.” -Philip K. Jason, Southern Literary Review

“They’re back! Dora Witherspoon, Miss Dreamsville, and the gang. So rejoice—Amy Hill Hearth has written another beauty aimed right at your funny bone and your heart.”
-Peter Golden, author of Comeback Love

"An antic and heartfelt romp through family secrets and land developers' schemes, funny and warmhearted and a pleasure to read." -Ruth Pennebaker, co-author of Pucker Up! The Subversive Woman’s Guide to Aging with Wit, Wine, Drama, Humor, Perspective, and the Occasional Good Cry

"Amy Hill Hearth delivers another bighearted story filled with small town flair. Lovers of quirky Southern characters will want to move to Collier County and settle in for this delightful ride!" -Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of The Sea Keeper's Daughters

“The memorable members of the Collier County Women's Literary Society are back together again in Amy Hill Hearth's warm and satisfying sequel to her first novel.
-Mollie Hoben, Founding Publisher, Minnesota Women's Press

"Southern literature at its best!" - Walley's Book Reviews

Publisher's description

"In this sequel to Amy Hill Hearth’s 'funny and charming' (Publishers Weekly) debut novel, Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society, the eponymous book club reunites one year later, in the late summer of 1964.

"Their mission: to fight a large development along the tidal river where member Robbie-Lee grew up and where his mother, Dolores Simpson, a former stripper turned alligator hunter, still lives in a fishing shack.

"The developer is Darryl Norwood, ex-husband of narrator Dora Witherspoon, who returns to Collier County to assist in the battle. An old land deed, the discovery that one of the key characters has been using a false name, and a dramatic court hearing are just a few of the highlights. Not to mention the reappearance of the Ghost of Seminole Joe.

"Just as Hearth’s debut explored the ways we can find a sense of belonging in other people, her latest novel shows how closely tied each of us is to our sense of home—and the conflicts that can arise when our idea of that home becomes threatened. For Darryl, the river is a place ripe for development. For Dora, who’s known as the Turtle Lady because she rescues Everglades 'snappers,' it’s a place that belongs to the critters. And for Dolores, former stripper, it’s a place to hide from the world."