Local author Nita Owenby will present a talk about her novel “The House of Rose” on Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex. This program is free of charge.
“The House of Rose” is about the life of a young girl, Valee Rose, who is abused at the age of 14 and finds herself without a family after her attacker burns down her home in search of valuables. As readers follow her life and the many struggles she faces, they will identify with her as she dreams of a better life. She ends up in Asheville, N.C., where a retired friend convinces her to start her own business.
After Valee’s combined home and business is destroyed, she rebuilds, and makes a home for unfortunate girls who have no place else to go. With a great deal of determination, she enlists others to help her start a school for girls.
Eventually, Valee marries a man of considerable means and together, they forge a life for themselves, their children and the young ladies who have been deprived of a good education.
The reader is emotionally drawn into the book from the beginning and experiences anger and sadness, and finally, joy and happiness.
Author, Nita Welch Owenby, was born near Franklin and grew up on her parents’ farm by the Little Tennessee River. From Washington DC, to Arizona to Texas, her varied career has led her back to the farm where she was raised. She has written numerous short stories and is a regular weekly contributor to the “Burningtown News.” This is her first novel. She is currently writing her second novel with the proposed title “The Cradle Did Rock.”
This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, call the JCPL at (828)586-2016.