A family reunion of sorts requires the elders to answer questions about a tragedy in their young adulthood. The central figure, Opal, is also facing a terminal illness and wants to accomplish the only bullet on her bucket list. Although feisty and good-humored, the tragedy in Opal’s past is almost unbearable and the retelling brings her support system together again to face what they thought they had conquered. Joy, Opal’s inquisitive niece, has a history of her own, a secret she thought she kept to protect others. An unlikely hero emerges. A former student of Opal’s, Reggie, steps forward to repay his debt to her, an acknowledgement of his appreciation of her support and understanding. Although her family is reluctant, Opal recognizes Reggie is a second chance to embrace the only spirit capable of leading her past her bucket list to the only thing she ever needed.
Opal’s Story is a tale of unconditional love and forgiveness. The tragedy in 1948 that rocked the family at first seems to be unsurmountable. However, the human spirit prevails and only in hindsight do the characters realize it was there all along.Opal’s Story is free for a limited time, until January 10, 2017. Happy New Year to all those with new digital devices.
Phyllis H. Moore discovered her love of writing following two retirements, one from social work and the other from owning and operating a bed and breakfast. Both careers gave her inspiration for her novels: The Sabine Trilogy, Sabine, Josephine’s Journals and Secrets of Dunn House, Opal’s Story, Tangled, a Southern Gothic Yarn, and The Bright Shawl, Colors of Tender Whispers, and an anthology of spooky short stories inspired by real places and events, The Bridge on Jackson Road. She has authored one nonfiction book, Retirement, Now What? Phyllis has been published by Caffeinated Press in the anthology, Brewed Awakenings 2, Fifteen Tales to Jolt Your Mind Awake. She blogs on her web site http://www.phyllishmoore.com. Follow her on Pinterest and Facebook.
Phyllis lives on a small ranch in south Texas with her husband and their adopted terrier, Ollie Bubba. She enjoys reading writing, travel, gardening and spending time in her second home on Galveston Island, Texas.