Paper Castles

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Gold Medal Winner in 'The Feathered Quill Book Awards, 2016'


"In this deeply satisfying novel, romance can come in many forms. Lee's richly detailed and polished exploration of that romance is bolstered by the insight and oftentimes raw exploration of a person's inner landscape. This is an exceptional book.
-Book Life by Publisher's Weekly. Book Life Prize in Fiction

"I want to know what goes on in your head," Adam said. "What do you think about? What are your dreams?"
"My dreams," Savannah said, picking up her spoon and stirring her coffee again. She stared into the swirling depths as if she could conjure up the specter of the girl who once had dreams to spare. "Funny thing is—I got everything I wanted."

Where do you go when you find out everything you wanted isn't what you need?

Savannah Palmerton picks up a brush and heads to an art class, desperate to find a piece of the girl she used to be, before the country club dances and the boring dinner party conversations. In 1963 the country is still playing in her innocence, but there are rumblings beneath the surface. The fabric of America is just beginning to fray around the edges. So it is in Savannah Palmerton's life.
Love, betrayal and family secrets create a lethal cocktail that has Savannah's world unraveling at her feet. Set against a southern backdrop of garden parties and civil rights marches, Paper Castles is a sultry mix of sweet-tea and murder. Sex and secrets.

Paper Castles is the best kind of love story. Where a woman must first learn to love herself.

"5 STARS.More than a simple contemporary romance, Lee manages to balance intrigue, historical events, and courtroom drama that feels cinematic. ... The prose sparkles with turns of phrase that carry as much personality as the southern characters that inhabit this novel. Lee's personification of emotions is incredible. PAPER CASTLES is an engrossing, intricate character study replete with captivating surprises right up until the very last emotional, satisfying journey that should not be missed."
-Indie Reader

5 STARS "A fantastic and powerful read. The big point that makes Paper Castles stand out is that it’s visceral and real; it reads like a life truly lived, with all of life’s strengths and weaknesses. With superb editing and an enchanting cover to finish the deal, anyone willing to get into Savannah’s shoes will find that Paper Castles is a real page-turner that will keep you guessing at every turn."
—Self-Publishing Review

5 STARS Lee’s latest is an unexpected romance amid a murder mystery. Set during the early 1960s, Lee’s attention-grabbing narrative offers a glimpse into a disturbing time in U.S. history and its stifling societal mores. Lee mixes her above-mentioned concepts with other various literary tools, which keeps her narrative fresh and constantly flowing. Such elements include engaging dialogue lightly sprinkled with tongue-in-cheek and sarcastic comments, elusive character traits, and red herrings, to name a few. High on the element list is her incorporation of romance by building sexual tension between her characters. Paper Castles is nothing less than a gripping read.
— San Francisco Book Review

Book Info

  • Original Title:Paper Castles
  • Author:
  • Rating:8.46 / 10
  • Genre:Romance
  • Language:English
  • ISBN:9781530490622
  • ASIN:-
  • Publisher:Published July 14th 2016 by Capricorn Publishing House



For Rex, always.



SHE USED to paint with such passion. Now Savannah’s brush trembled above the canvas, bristles hovering over the swirl of colors as if her heart and hands were no longer connected.

It’s gone, she thought.

No muse to guide her ideas. Worse than that, she had no ideas.

She’d come to this classroom looking for a way to paint herself out of the picture she’d spent the last seventeen years creating. Hoping she could draw a new life and find the courage to step inside it. Closing her eyes, she turned her head into the soft autumn breeze coming through the tall windows. The air tasted of freedom, sweet and salty on her lips. Maybe it could carry her back to that place of inspiration.

“You’re too timid.”

Her eyes opened. For a moment, she feared the words were her own, tumbling out unchecked. She was onl...

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