Dottie Coakley’s New Novel Shines Light on Migrant Working Conditions

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‘Chattanooga Girl’ mirrors author’s life to tell story of outreach worker’s struggle to help migrant workers amidst murder mystery

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“This book will appeal to those who enjoy a strong female character, a good mystery, a tender love story and football strategies from a winning coach,” Coakley says.

Dottie Coakley draws inspiration from her time as an outreach worker for migrants and seasonal farm workers (MSFWs) in her new novel, “Chattanooga Girl” (published by Lulu), which follows one outreach worker’s struggle to help MSFWs amidst a romance and murder mystery.

Becca Collins, an outreach worker to MSFWs in 1976, is fiercely devoted to her clients. Her devotion is challenged, however, when she accidentally discovers a gruesome murder. Alone and afraid, she gladly welcomes successful high school football coach Jack Hightower into her life.

“Chattanooga Girl” follows Becca as she works to improve the living and working conditions of MSFWs, no matter the risk. Readers watch as her romance with Jack turns into something more, all while she betters the lives of the MSFWs – even when facing the same dangers they do.

Coakley hopes her book will help readers realize how poor the working conditions are for many MSFWs, even today. She also aims to thrill sports fans with Jack’s real football strategies, inspired by her close friend and National Football Hall of Fame coach, Herbert E. Goldsmith, who passed away in 2013.

“This book will appeal to those who enjoy a strong female character, a good mystery, a tender love story and football strategies from a winning coach,” Coakley says.

“Chattanooga Girl”
By Dottie Coakley
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 188 pages | ISBN 9781483430218
E-Book | 188 pages | ISBN 9781483430201

About the Author
Dottie Coakley was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She went to college in the North and then settled near Rochester, New York, on Lake Ontario. Before her retirement on Long Island, where she enjoys the company of her grandchildren, she was a planned giving officer for non-profits such as American Diabetes, March of Dimes and American Lung Association. She invites readers to visit her at chattanoogagirl.com.

Lulu empowers people of all ages to explore and express their interests, passions and expertise through books, photography and art. Since introducing self-publishing in 2002, Lulu has empowered creators in more than 225 countries and territories to produce nearly two million publications. Lulu Jr. allows children to become published authors, encouraging creativity, strengthening literacy and building self-esteem. Picture.com offers professional photography of collegiate and professional sports, memorable and historic events, fine art and home décor. For more information, please visit http://www.lulu.com.
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