"I just devoured Amy Hill Hearth's first book set in Collier County, Florida: Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society. It was just delightful as is the second book, Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County.
'When I read the first book I had never been to Florida. Now I've been there twice. Florida is a steamy, magical place and author Amy Hill Hearth captures it beautifully. I discovered a new town in this book, Everglades City, that we will need to check out next time. The Florida of the early 1960s was not filled with snowbirds but would soon be due to the widespread integration of air conditioning into homes. Civil rights had not yet come to Florida. In fact segregation was still in full of effect.
"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. Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County is out in September...don't miss it!"
“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
"Hearth's sound writing and wit create a story featuring a wealth of eccentric characters." -Kirkus Reviews
"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."
I'm thrilled that Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County will reach millions of additional readers as a Reader's Digest "Select Edition" (formerly Book of the Month) to be released in January 2016.
I'm delighted to announce that the large-print rights have been sold to Thorndike Press. This edition of the novel is expected to be available in early 2016.