This book is a collection of letters found in an old trunk in the author's grandmother's attic. These letters tell a story of friendship and love from February 1895-April 1910. The recipient of these letters was Miss Bessie Braxton of Kinston, NC (b. 1881; d.1981) who lived to be 4 days shy of her 100th birthday. The letters reflect the enduring social customs through the Post Civil War Era and tell the tale of forbidden, unrequited love between a Southern lady and an attorney from the North.
Melissa Mackie Brown is the great great niece of Bessie Braxton, known to family as B.B. As a child, she spent many a wonder-filled afternoon in her grandmother's attic in the company of dusty antiques and long forgotten objects. Years later when she was finally granted permission to open B.B.'s old steamer trunk, she found treasures from yesteryear inside, not the least of which were these letters, well hidden in a secret compartment.
Melissa lives in Granite Falls, NC with her husband and youngest daughter.