Where Your Treasure Lies

by Shelli Altopp Miller



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/9/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 266
ISBN : 9798385021314
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 266
ISBN : 9798385021321

About the Book

It is the mid-1990s in the Eastern Kentucky Appalachian Mountains. Candy Ratledge is a confident single woman with a sense of place and purpose. After becoming pregnant in high school and dropping out, she earned a G.E.D. and then attended community college to become a Certified Nurses' Aide. She has a stable job, her own trailer nestled in her kin's holler, her parents next door to keep her little boy, Emmett, and a handsome man pursuing her. Mr. Solomon is a cantankerous but wise homebound patient on Candy's caseload. He reminds her of her Papaw who passed away several years ago. With no friends or family left, Mr. Solomon's reliance on Candy draws them into a more familial relationship. Mr. Solomon has a storied past he keeps hidden from Candy, and when she discovers it, she feels disoriented and betrayed. Dean is a handsome outsider from Lexington who finds Candy attractive and refreshing. She initially does not trust him because he's from the big city and older than her. On their second date he confides in her that he's having doubts about his faith. As the story unfolds and the ground beneath them shifts, their individual struggles create a quick intimacy between Candy and Dean. Told in Candy's Appalachian vernacular with colloquialisms woven throughout, Where Your Treasure Lies explores themes of cultural norms and identity, betrayal, regional history, family conflict, faith, addiction, forgiveness, and what one truly needs to be content.

About the Author

Shelli Altopp Miller is a clinical social worker, fitness instructor, writer, cyclist, and Enneagram 7. She has contributed to various local publications and military spouse newsletters in most of the ten places she has lived. She has been married to Phil for 31 years and together they have two adult children.