The Edisto Trilogy

Claire at Edisto
The Edisto Trilogy Book 1
by Lin Stepp
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Standing in grief and shock at the grave of her young husband, Claire Avery wonders what she and her young daughters will do now. They live in the church parsonage they need to vacate. She hasn’t worked since her marriage twelve years ago. Old issues and complications hinder relationships with her family. Struggling for answers, Claire accepts her brother-in-law’s offer to stay at his beach house at Edisto to give her a season to heal and think. But even the peace and beauty of the coastal island bring new problems along with unexpected joys as Claire seeks to find her way.
Parker Avery always promised his brother Charles he would look after Claire if anything happened to him. Charles stood by him three years ago when his wife Ann died and Parker is determined now to be a help to Claire and the girls. As time passes, instead of feeling like a hero, he feels like a heel instead as he realizes he’s developing feelings for his own brother’s widow. To make things worse, he watches with pain and jealousy as Miles Lawrence waltzes into Claire’s life. What can he expect though? It hardly seems right that Claire, even after a season of mourning, would ever fall in love with her own brother-in-law.
Return to Edisto
The Edisto Trilogy Book 2
Return to Edisto Island in the rich, Lowcountry story of a young woman’s difficult decision to run from threat and danger, changing the course of her well-ordered life and, in turn, the life of the young man who loved and lost her.
It was a long trip back to Edisto Island, South Carolina, and the beach house that shaped so much of Mary Helen Avery’s early life. Now her mind flashed between anger and hurt over the difficult situation she’d left behind at the job she loved. Was she doing the right thing to leave? Should she have stayed to fight? She hoped at the quiet, beloved island she knew so well, she’d find the answers she needed and peace from all this turmoil.
J.T.’s heart took a familiar lurch when he saw the car with New Jersey plates parked at the Avery’s beach house. Even after ten years, the memory of Mary Helen Avery still tormented him. Finding her on the porch weeping lit old fires he thought long dead. Was he a fool to hope for something more between them with all their problems of the past? Probably so, but if she stayed long enough, he’d find one more chance to try.
Edisto Song
The Edisto Trilogy Book 3
In EDISTO SONG a young woman, at the pinnacle of success, is forced to reexamine her dreams as she finds her life as a concert pianist not what she envisioned and those her life is entwined with far from what she believed of them.
Sarah Katherine Avery, becoming internationally known as a young concert pianist of great promise, finds herself at a difficult moment in her career-home in New York, getting ready for a concert with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra but feverish and ill. After pushing on for weeks through illness, her neighbor and friend encourages her to talk to her agent about taking a break for healing after this concert. Worn and disillusioned, Sarah heads over to the concert hall to talk to Jonah but the shock of what she encounters at that meeting spirals her life in a new direction.
Andrew Cavanaugh has traveled to New York from Beaufort to be a support to his boss’s daughter, Sarah Katherine Avery-Suki to him-for her concert performance. A friend of Suki’s since childhood years at Edisto, and always a supporter of her gift and her music, Andrew is shocked when Suki collapses on stage. He learns as he sits with her at the hospital that her life holds unhappiness none of them knew of but her answers for how to resolve her current problems threaten to send his well-ordered life right out the window.
Lin Stepp is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon best-selling international author, A native Tennessean, businesswoman, and former faculty member at Tusculum College, Lin has twenty-one published books, including her beloved Smoky Mountain and Mountain Home novels, all set in different Tennessee and North Carolina locations, a novella in one of Kensington’s Christmas anthologies, and three novels in her Edisto Trilogy, set on the South Carolina coast: Claire at Edisto (2019), Return to Edisto (2020) and Edisto Song (2021). Lin and her husband J.L. also write regional guidebooks, including a Smoky Mountain hiking guide, and two state parks guidebooks for Tennessee and South Carolina. Stepp’s latest novels set around the Smoky Mountains are Downsizing (2021) centered near Gatlinburg and Happy Valley (2020) set near Townsend. Lin’s title Claire At Edisto was the 2019 Best Books Award Winner in Fiction: Romance, sponsored by American Book Fest, her novel Welcome Back a finalist in the 2017 Selah Awards, and Lin and her husband’s guidebook Discovering Tennessee State Parks a 2019 Best Books Award Finalist in Nonfiction: Travel Guides with American Book Fest. Lin enjoys speaking for events, festivals, libraries, and book clubs, reading, hiking, exploring out of doors, and keeping up with her readers on Facebook, Twitter, and through her monthly blog and newsletter which you will find on her website at:
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Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

Always a reader and book lover, and then a professor, my writing was mostly of an academic and business nature. But in the early 2000s, with our children grown and gone, my husband and I began hiking together in the Smoky Mountains near our TN home. Enjoying the trails, we wrote a hiking guide and then I began to write novels set in the Smoky Mountains.  This proved a rewarding and successful venture … so I decided to also take my readers to the South Carolina coast to our favorite vacation spot at Edisto Island. Three Edisto Trilogy novels resulted. And s of April 2021, I’ll have over twenty published novels. … I’m loving the author life!

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I am also an artist, very visual in my work, and I like to find photos to represent all my book characters and the places where I set my books. I create a big bulletin board collage of these “photos” to put behind my computer desk to keep me inspired as I write. I also  draw maps for all my books, which the publisher puts in the front of every book.

Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!

Writing for me began at mid life, and one of my favorite quotes is: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” Never believe your best years can’t begin at mid life. After years in educational sales, marketing and production art, first I went back to college at mid life to get my doctorate and then taught college for twenty years. Along the way I started writing Southern fiction on my own and regional guidebooks with my husband. While most of my friends were retiring and slowing down I moved into a full-time career as an author, with my books hitting the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon bestseller lists and many going international. … Life is good!

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What are some of your pet peeves?

To my sorrow, I’ve seen a lot of exploitation and dishonesty in the publishing industry, and I hate how many new and eager writers are hurt by less-than-honorable publishers.

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born and grew up in east Tennessee, where I still live. My heart is well settled and established in this Appalachian area and I love the mountains here. My ancestors trekked down the Appalachian Trail to settle this part of the world and it is definitely my place of belonging.

If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

As a strong woman of faith, I’d spend it praying … and I’d call all my close family and friends to tell them how much I loved them and to encourage them to continue to live good and happy lives.

Who is your hero and why?

My author hero is L.M. Montgomery who wrote the Anne Of Green Gables books that made me yearn to be a writer.  I read every one of her books … and I loved the beautiful Disney series created about the Anne books, too. I often reread the books and rewatch the movies. They nourish my soul and I often hope my books do that for my readers, too.

What kind of world ruler would you be?

A strong leader encourages, motivates, challenges, and inspires others. The best leaders live an exemplary life you would be happy to emulate and follow as an example. I don’t believe you can be a good leader without good character and without truly caring about others. One of my favorite leadership quotes is: “A good leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” [John Maxwell]… In all areas of leadership that I’ve worked in, I’ve tried to keep those principles in mind.

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