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Synopsis: Isolated and far from prying eyes on the mainland, a new kind of narcissist named James Strang crowns himself king and declares Beaver Island a sovereign nation. Polygamous marriages, confiscated property, public floggings, and even rape are all part of life on Beaver Island after King Strang arrives in 1848 and sets up his own brand of Mormonism. A hundred years later, a young Saint Louis socialite named Abby Finlay hears all the stories about King Strang during summers spent vacationing with her family in Charlevoix, Michigan, just sixteen miles from Beaver Island, never suspecting she had any connection to King Strang. And why should she? On a humid summer afternoon in 1954, the Post Office delivers a letter to Abby's doorstep, a letter that had been lost in the postal bureaucracy for a decade. The heavily stained envelope contains a message from her fiancÚ, absent since the D-Day invasion. Hoping her fiancÚ is alive and waiting for her, she makes an urgent trip to be reunited with him in Charlevoix, the place, after all, where they fell in love. Her journey to find her fiancÚ forces her to confront the agonizing truth of her own past. Beneath the surface of her Camelot perfect world, transgressions, long hidden, burble like a simmering caldera, waiting for that certain awful moment to erupt and rip apart Abby's life. And just when she s at her most vulnerable, The Seventh Messenger enters her life, threatening to pull her into his surreal world.
About the Author: Roland McElroy grew up in a small town in South Georgia. As a boy, he made up for the lack of excitement in his hometown by daily visits to the local library. The books he discovered there provided him with plenty of action and adventure and led to a life-long love of books, story-telling, and writing. But writing was not an acceptable vocation, according to his parents, so other career choices were made. He worked at the local radio station as a teenager (hosting his own radio show) and used those skills to work his way through college. He even hosted a twice-weekly television show on the statewide public television network while finishing a graduate degree in journalism. But a career in radio/television was cut short with an opportunity to work in the political arena in Georgia. McElroy joined the successful effort to put Sam Nunn in the Senate and was off to Washington, DC in 1972. He spent 15 years with Senator Nunn, then tried his hand at independent political consulting and trade association management before returning to the Senate for two years as Chief of Staff for Senator Chuck Robb of Virginia. McElroy established his own business in 1996 and has been writing for corporate and private clients ever since. But his love of books and story-telling never waned. When grandchildren arrived, he was inspired to write down the Christmas story he had told his own children, and The Great Mizzariddle became his first self-published children's book. The Seventh Messenger is his first novel. McElroy is a graduate of the University of Georgia and received his master's degree at the Henry Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia in 1969. He and his wife live outside Washington, DC in the suburb of Falls Church, Virginia.
Title: The Seventh Messenger
Book Condition: LikeNew
Book Description McElroy & Associates, Inc. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Cover Missing. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G0967391733I3N01