As executrix of her father’s estate, Avie Williams Cole must return to her childhood home to settle his affairs. Her lawyer husband is too busy to accompany her, so she makes the journey accompanied by her adolescent son, Joseph, who is struggling with asthma.
Avie leaves behind a marriage that has recently seemed lacking in empathy and connection. This trip may give her both the opportunity to face the heavy grief she has felt since her father’s death, as well as reflect, from a distance, on her troubled marriage. Avie is soon challenged by her dealings with an odd assortment of whacky relatives, who have different ideas about the inheritance. A kindly older neighbor, named Xylia plays the role of mentor, giving her encouragement and advice.
Taylor’s Ridge is near the southern end of the Appalachians in northwest Georgia. It is a low, narrow mountain that runs north to south for almost forty miles. The Ridge is named for Richard Taylor, a Cherokee chief, whose history will play an important role in the story. Part of this history is the sad tale of the Cherokee’s departure when they are forced to resettle in Oklahoma in 1838.
Avie’s son Joseph also on a journey. He is fascinated with Cherokee lore and obsessed with finding a hidden silver mine. In between fiduciary responsibilities, mother and son explore the ridge area in search of treasure. They are aided by Will, a handsome and knowledgeable local, who brings both adventure and comfort to them both.
Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge is part romance, part, adventure, and part intrigue. It is also a tender tale of emotional growth. The writing is richly descriptive, yet crisp and uncluttered, moving the story forward. It is an engrossing book, from start to finish.
Reviewed by Shoshana Silberman for IndieReader