In this first novel of the LONE PALM series, H.A Olsen masterfully weaves the enchanting landscape of the Carolina Lowcountry with an entertaining coming of age story that features a quirky heroine who will win your heart and have you rooting for her through every unexpected twist and turn.
It’s the summer of 1989, and seventeen year-old Angela Jenkins finds herself surrounded by people who want to be stars. Her best friend is hell-bent on becoming a Hollywood actress, her boyfriend dreams of becoming a rock star, and the little boy she befriends is determined to become country music’s next big heartthrob.
Angela, on the other hand, has no desire for stardom. Instead, she keeps her remarkable talent for singing and songwriting a secret from everyone, including her closest relatives. But all that changes when Hurricane Hugo, a powerful category four hurricane, slams into her hometown of Folly Beach, leaving her homeless and an orphan.
Suffering from the debilitating effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Angela begins a new life with her redneck aunt and uncle. Their turbulent relationship soon comes to a boil, however, causing Angela to flee and embark on a path of self-discovery that leads from the rural South to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, where she lands a record deal. But her promising career in the music world is threatened by the jealousy and betrayal of her friends—and by the shocking secret that is revealed by the ghost of a mysterious little girl.
Entertaining and thought provoking, A LONE PALM STANDS is much more than the story of one life—it is a unique commentary on the true meaning of love, family, and friendship.