Author P. G. Simmons Unveils a Poignant Tale of Love and War in New Book

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‘Gathering Shadows’ follows a hardworking young woman who fights the hardships of war and its after effects on her life and family.

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In 1860, Jessie Buchanan, a fiery redhead, was living life to the fullest and enjoying the leisurely Southern lifestyle, but it took all of her strength to fulfill her duties after her father’s death. A breach between family members and the discovery of falling in love caused her internal conflict as the Civil War began. When the war’s horrors and hardships came to a close, the Southern way of life had been crushed by the Union. A murder of a Yankee carpetbagger, a hasty trial, a violent hurricane, and a close brush with death brought Jessie’s turbulent struggles to an end.

Gathering Shadows” by P. G. Simmons is a story of two people in love who are separated by war for five years, and their struggles to survive, to find each other again, and to carve out a life together after all the struggles and hardships each had survived. This book follows an independent and hardworking young woman who fights her internal struggles and the horrors and hardships of war, as well as its after effects on her life and family. The story begins in 1860 in Selma, a small Southern town in the heart of Dixie, which played an important part in the Civil War, and ends in Mobile, Alabama, after the Civil War ends.

Everyone has to fight for what they believe in and work hard to keep their heads above water in an economy that is slowly eroding in order to survive. Jessie Buchanan is not only loyal to the South, but to the people she loves, and proves that a good girl can mature into a good woman without having to resort to underhanded means or losing her inbred morals.

“Gathering Shadows” offers romantic elements that appeal to readers who believe in true love and romance. This special element will capture the mystery buff’s imagination, and readers who like stories that touch on real historical elements situated on a Southerner’s view of the War Between the States.

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About the Author
P. G. Simmons is a writer and longtime transplanted Southerner who makes her home with her husband on a small farm outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. She enjoys sculpture, photography, digital design, and writing. Happily married to the same man for over 33 years; they have one son. She received a BFA from the University of Central Florida and holds a second BFA and MA from Ohio University. Growing up in the heart of Dixie, she was inundated with anecdotes, stories, and Southern traditions. She has woven bits of her own Southern heritage into her first novel, “Gathering Shadows.” She is a digital designer and sculptor. She has done freelance design work for over 15 years. They started their photography studio over 28 years ago, and she still shooting professionally although she has retired. She received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Central Florida and a BFA in Graphic Design and a MA in Art from Ohio University.

Gathering Shadows* by P.G. Simmons
Publication Date: October 7, 2013
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 782 pages; 978-1-4931-0352-2
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 782 pages; 978-1-4931-0353-9
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-0354-6
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