Meet Priscilla and Audrey from Michelle Shocklee’s Count the Nights by Stars – Novel PASTimes

Hi there, girls! Please inform our readers somewhat about yourselves.

Priscilla: I used to be born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, seven years after the Battle between the States ended. My father is within the railroad trade and Mom retains herself occupied with a full social schedule. They’re ever hopeful I’ll marry properly and quiet down, however I do know it’s going to take a really particular man to seize my coronary heart. 

Audrey: My household and I stay within the Maxwell Home Lodge in downtown Nashville the place my father is supervisor. It could sound unusual, however I actually take pleasure in dwelling within the previous lodge. Do you know it was constructed earlier than the Civil Battle? Although that was over 100 years in the past, it’s nonetheless a gorgeous place. We’re preparing for Christmas now, with decorations, cookies, and the Maxwell’s world-famous Christmas Day dinner.

You’ve each spent appreciable time on the Maxwell Home. Should you had to decide on one favourite factor concerning the lodge, what wouldn’t it be?

Audrey: The foyer. My brother and I used to play hide-and-seek in it whereas Mother labored the visitor companies desk. From the foyer, you may as well see the grand staircase, which results in the gorgeous mezzanine overlooking the principle ground. I’ve usually imagined belles in beautiful ballgowns gliding up and down the marble stairs on their option to the ballroom or out in town with a good-looking escort. 

Priscilla (chuckles): I need to admit my favourite factor concerning the Maxwell has nothing to do with its beautiful structure. My favourite place is the confectionary off the foyer. They’ve essentially the most scrumptious peaches and cream. 

I perceive the well-known Maxwell Home espresso is known as after the lodge. How did that come about?

Audrey: With my father as supervisor of the historic lodge, I’ve heard the story dozens of instances. Again within the late Eighties, two fellows—Joel Cheek and Roger Nolley Smith—developed a particular mix of espresso beans. Cheek gave twenty kilos of the espresso to the meals purchaser on the Maxwell Home Lodge, who agreed to serve it to the friends. When the espresso ran out, the lodge went again to serving their common mix, however the friends complained. They needed Cheek’s espresso. The espresso grew to become so in style on the lodge that Cheek and Smith finally gained permission to call it Maxwell Home Espresso. An unverified rumor says President Theodore Roosevelt took a sip of the brew whereas visiting Nashville and declared it “good to the final drop.” I could also be somewhat biased, however I believe it’s too.  

Priscilla, what introduced you and your loved ones to Nashville?

Priscilla: We got here to attend the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Folks from all around the world are right here to have a good time the state’s one hundredth birthday. Papa is most pleased with the Railway Exhibit, which he declares the very best on the fairgrounds. I might need to argue that time, as a result of there are such a lot of fascinating buildings and reveals. I’m particularly keen on the wildly amusing sights of Self-importance Truthful.

Audrey: Did you trip the enormous seesaw and the chute?

Priscilla: I did certainly trip the seesaw, which was thrilling. From the highest, you possibly can see properly over two miles. However the chute is a water trip that tends to depart everybody moderately damp. I made a decision to avoid wasting my ten cents and spend it on an Italian gondola trip on Lake Watauga.

Audrey: I want I might journey again in time to the exposition. I’ve just lately visited the Parthenon in Centennial Park and located it totally fascinating. It will need to have been fairly the sight again in 1897. 

Priscilla: It actually is. The Parthenon and different buildings are so properly constructed, you’d by no means guess they’re meant to be short-term—constructed to solely final the period of the exposition. My father says most of them will probably be torn down as soon as the expo ends in October, so I’m glad to know the Parthenon nonetheless stands for guests to take pleasure in. 

Audrey: Sure, they rebuilt it with everlasting supplies within the Nineteen Twenties. There’s a museum inside. 

What’s one thing every of you want to accomplish?

Priscilla: I respect your query, as a result of I’ve been pondering this very factor for a while now. Though I really like my dad and mom and the upbringing they’ve offered me, I need extra out of life than dinner events and protecting a well-appointed home. There are such a lot of folks past the scope of my sheltered nook of the world that want somebody to care about them. I’m simply now starting to find that all of us play a job in providing a serving to hand to these in want. To actually see somebody for the distinctive human being they’re, created by a loving Father. I’m not totally sure how you can go about fulfilling my half on this complete factor, however I’m keen to start making an attempt. 

Audrey: I really like your reply. That’s precisely how I really feel too. I’ve been far too self-centered prior to now, and I really need to turn out to be the girl God created me to be, utilizing the presents he’s given me to serve folks. I’d particularly wish to work with youngsters like my brother. Emmett is a really particular younger man, however typically the world doesn’t see him and others like him the way in which my father and I do. I’d like to vary that.

Thanks, girls! We look ahead to studying Depend the Nights by Stars and seeing how your tales unfold.

Concerning the e book:

Depend the Nights by Stars

Depend your nights by stars, not shadows. Depend your life with smiles, not tears.

1961. After a longtime resident at Nashville’s historic Maxwell Home Lodge suffers a debilitating stroke, Audrey Whitfield is tasked with cleansing out the reclusive lady’s rooms. There, she discovers an elaborate scrapbook full of memorabilia from the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Love notes on the backs of unmailed postcards inside seize Audrey’s creativeness with hints of a forbidden romance . . . and troubling revelations concerning the disappearance of younger girls on the exposition. Audrey enlists the assistance of a good-looking lodge visitor as she tracks down clues and details about the mysterious “Peaches” and her regrets over one fateful day, almost sixty-five years earlier.

1897. Outspoken and forward-thinking, Priscilla Nichols isn’t keen to accept simply any man. She’s nonetheless holding out hope for love when she meets Luca Moretti on the eve of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Charmed by the Italian immigrant’s boldness, Priscilla spends time exploring the wonderous sights of the expo with Luca—till a darkness overshadows the monthslong occasion. Haunted by a horrible fact, Priscilla and Luca are despatched down separate paths because the evening’s stars fade into daybreak.

Michelle Shocklee is the writer of a number of historic novels together with Below the Tulip Tree, a Christy Award finalist. Her work has been included in quite a few Rooster Soup for the Soul books, magazines, and blogs. Married to her school sweetheart and the mom of two grown sons, she makes her dwelling in Tennessee, not removed from the historic websites she writes about. Go to her on-line at


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