On Tour 11/25/22-12/22/22 “Winter’s Reckoning” by Adele Holmes, M.D.

Release Date:
August 9, 2022

About The Book:

Forty-six-year-old Madeline Fairbanks has no use for ideas like “separation of the races” or “men as the superior sex.” There are many in her dying Southern Appalachian town who are upset by her socially progressive views, but for years—partly due to her late husband’s still-powerful influence, and partly due to her skill as a healer in a remote town with no doctor of its own—folks have been

willing to turn a blind eye to her “transgressions.” Even Maddie’s decision to take on a Black apprentice, Ren Morgan, goes largely unchallenged by her white neighbors, though it’s certainly grumbled about. But when a charismatic and power-hungry new reverend blows into town in 1917and begins to preach about the importance of racial segregation, the long-idle local KKK chapter fires back into action—and places Maddie and her friends in Jamesville’s Black community squarely in their sights. Maddie had better stop intermingling with Black folks, discontinue her herbalistic

“witchcraft,” and leave town immediately, they threaten, or they’ll lynch Ren’s father, Daniel. Faced with this decision, Maddie is terrified . . . and torn. Will she bow to their demands and walk away— or will she fight to keep the home she’s built in Jamesville and protect the future of the people she loves, both Black and white?

About The Author:

ADELE HOLMES, M.D. graduated from medical school in 1993. After twenty-plus years in private practice pediatrics, her unquenchable desire to wander the world, write, and give back to the community led her to retire from medicine. Her fun- loving family includes a rollicking crew of her husband Chris, two adult children and their spouses, five grand- children of diverse ages and talents, a horse, and a Bernedoodle. Winter’s Reckoning, Adele’s debut novel, won Honorable Mention in the 2021 William Faulkner Literary Competition. She is currently at work on her second novel in her resident town of Little Rock, Arkansas. https://www.adeleholmes.com/

Social Media:

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Book Blurbs: 

“Holmes’ satisfying conclusion offers a twist to the tale….[and] the novel’s explorations of the horrors of misogyny and racism have powerful contemporary resonance. Along the way, Holmes constructs a vivid and believable historical setting and populates her novel with well-developed characters who are flawed and relatable as they seek to triumph over evil. A notable tale that offers the hope that even small actions can lead toward greater good.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A timeless story of kinships, friendships, and secret legacies born of good and evil. With a keen eye for detail and an intricate plot leading to a satisfying conclusion, this tale is sure to enchant readers.”—Donna Everhart, author of The Road to Bittersweet and The Saints of Swallow Hill

“A white herbalist and her Black best friend challenge a slick con man and the KKK. The strong characters and vivid sense of place lingered in my mind long after the last page.”—Marcia Preston, winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award and author of The Spiderling

“A spellbinding narrative that brilliantly captures both the price of standing against segregation and how bold action paves the way to unexpected healing. Holmes’s beautifully developed characters allude to our inevitable connection to the past in a story that resonates to the bone. Simply unputdownable.”—Cara Brookins, author of Rise: How a House Built a Family

“A beautifully written story that reminds America of our unresolved sins against humanity andour struggles to place value where it’s due. It represents our hopes of resolving fears of the other and erasing old hates.”—Janis F. Kearney, author, publisher, & personal diarist for President Clinton in the White House

“Set in the brooding rural South, and for a good portion of the novel in the challenging and crystalline world of a deep snowstorm, Winter’s Reckoning is rich in storyline and characterwith plenty of mystery woven throughout. Simply put, here’s a story that takes on issues whose harm remains with us today. With a climactic pulpit scene that’s not to be missed – and one novel we can highly recommend!—Chanticleer Reviews

“Brimming with all the feels—friendship, passion, hatred, prejudice. A remarkable debut.” —Julia Daily, author of No Names to Be Given

Bloggers On Tour:

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Dec. 14th- Rozier Reads and Wine https://instagram.com/rozierreadsandwine

Dec. 14th- Sarahs Bookish Reviews https://instagram.com/sarahs.bookish.reviews

Dec. 15th- Reading Late Into The Night https://instagram.com/reading.late.into.the.night

Dec. 15th- Bookish Heidi https://instagram.com/bookish.heidi

Dec. 17th- Subakka Bookstuff https://instagram.com/subakka.bookstuff

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Dec. 17th- CMT Loves Wine and Books https://instagram.com/cmtloveswineandbooks

Dec. 19th- Reading With Mere-https://instagram.com/readingwithmere

Dec. 19th- Christina Luvs 2 Read https://instagram.com/christinaluvs2read

Dec. 22nd- Plains Reading https://instagram.com/plains_reading

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