Questions . . . What do you do if it’s you? Such is the dilemma facing Gracie Channing when she comes in possession of an old lunch box, love letters written from Weazie to Channy, and buried for years as part of a fourth grade science project in a mountain pasture beneath an ancient oak tree. A child’s time capsule, the lunch box contains a series of love letters written over the years that Gracie realizes were written to her. On assignment in her tiny hometown of Clermont, Georgia, Gracie feels trapped in the one place from which she has sought escape her entire life – home. She left here as soon as she could and has not been back except for the occasional birthday or funeral. She has spent her whole life running from her Southern country roots and has no desire to become reacquainted with them now. What if the one person you can’t live with is the one person you can’t live without? The lunch box and its mysterious cache of love letters become her magazine’s next big story and when Gracie discovers the author’s true identity she remembers Jimmy McCoy, a long forgotten classmate who made her life miserable growing up, culminating when Jimmy cut her hair and for his troubles Gracie gave him a bloody nose. In Your Heart I Reside . . . You Just Don’t Know It Yet. As adults Gracie and Jimmy struggle to come to grips with this lifelong love while dealing with meddling friends and matchmaking family members, a champion thoroughbred horse and overcoming personal tragedy to see if dreams buried in an old lunch box do indeed come true.
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D. P. Brown is Dan Brown, a 30-year veteran of newspaper and radio. A multi-award winning columnist, writer and photographer, Dan is the consummate storyteller. “I love to tell stories,” he said. “And I love to tell stories about people.” While Yankee by birth, Dan is Southern by the Grace of God and his stories are woven with the rich fabric of classic Southern fiction. Dan has drawn from more than 30 years of Southern living to craft his stories using real, believable characters in real, live settings. While some of his stories drift toward the fantastic and the fairy tale, Dan’s stories read like everyday life lived by real people. A former professional baseball player and coach, Dan’s experiences range from radio and television to newspaper. He has written everything from sports, to humor to automotive, real estate and even bridal fashion. His stories sound real because he’s literally done it all. Even picking up a Fender Stratocaster and playing in a real, live rock band. His stories cover all genres, romance, suspense, horror, Sci-Fi, dark comedy and mystery. Dan’s weekly columns “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Finding Mudville” have been seen in newspapers throughout the South and Midwest. Lunch Box is Dan's second novel. His debut novel, Locked Hearts, published in May 2013
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