In local author B.D. Tharp’s premier novel, Feisty Family Values, the orderly life of successful artist and regal widow, Regina Morgan-Smith, abruptly changes with the arrival of her frumpy cousin, Annabelle — and not for the better.
Homeless and covered in bruises, Annabelle requires more attention than Regina’s willing to give. However, family ties are strong, and Regina takes Annabelle into her home in the once opulent Riverside area of Wichita, Kansas.
Finding refuge in cigarettes Regina begins to hear her dead mother’s voice which only adds to the confusion. Regina’s best friend and housemate, gourmet chef Matilda (Tillie) Dawson takes on the job of referee between the two cousins. But Tillie’s breast cancer diagnosis pushes Regina further over the edge of reason.
The entrance of a handsome neighbor further complicates the already tense household. Although all three ladies are attracted to his good looks and charm, he only has eyes for Tillie. And then Annabelle’s three grandchildren are abandoned on their doorstep adding bedlam to disorder.
Could a peaceful coexistence between Regina and her cousin ever be achieved? Will Tillie survive the illness that threatens her body and her new beau? Is it possible to find love so late in life?
Find out more when award-winning author B.D. Tharp visits the Haysville Community Library at 7 pm on Thursday May 13th.
Tharp is local writer for Active Aging and Women’s Focus magazines. A lifelong resident of Kansas, B.D. Tharp graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Women/Minority Studies and Fine Arts. A former president of the Kansas Writers Association, Tharp has published a short story in the Sheridan Edwards Review; an essay in A Waist Is A Terrible Thing To Mind, an Anthology and over a hundred articles for various magazines and newsletters. She’s received awards on a local, state and national level for short stories, children’s picture books, playwriting and novels. And now, you have a chance to visit with her for a firsthand look at her acclaimed new novel Feisty Family Values.
Join us a week from Thursday (on May 13th at 7 pm) for an evening with B.D. Tharp.