Release Date: April 1, 2014 ISBN: 978-0984208999 Cover Size: 6 x 9
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The Valley Where They Danced

This carefully researched work of historical fiction is the timeless love story of Dr. Tom Garrison, recently moved from Macon to the Sautee Valley, and the lovely Lenore Conley. The story is set in the rural North Georgia foothills just after World War I, as the small community of Helen was becoming a rowdy sawmill town and power companies were building dams on the mighty Tallulah River to provide electricity for Atlanta.

From Clarkesville to Clayton to Cleveland, old-time campmeeting and pottery shops, go back to a time that surely existed here once. It all sets the stage for a twist of an ending at Tallulah Gorge.

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  • "This is seriously good literature. Some endings are predictable—not this one. This touching story will pull at your heartstrings. Powerful fiction."—Jameson Gregg, Georgia Author of the Year and author of Luck Be A Chicken
  • "One of the reasons this book is praised so highly is the authenticity of even the most minute detail."—Review, Mountain Laurel Magazine
  • “The True measure of a grand story — such as The Valley Where They Danced — is not so much in knowing the characters, but in wanting to know them because the writer has elevated their presence to the promise of wonderment. This is a splendid celebration of life, tenderly, warmly told. In short, it is a story that matters because the people matter.”—Terry Kay, Author and inductee to Georgia Writers Hall of Fame
  • "The Valley Where They Danced is the best novel I've read in 20 years. This is a storyteller's story that you better not start unless you have time to finish it…because you will. It's a love story with surprises. It’s influenced by Indian lore. It could easily be called a mystery novel. And all the while, one gets a clear picture of Northeast Georgia and its people just after WWI. This book is special."—The late Gordon Sawyer, Advertising executive, speaker and author

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This historical fiction novel tells the timeless love story of Dr. Tom Garrison, an outsider, and the lovely Lenore Conley, whose roots run deep in North Georgia’s Sautee Valley—a rural mountain community where passions and jealousies can sometimes collide.

The story is set at the end of World War I when nearby Helen was a rough and rowdy sawmill town, and power companies were damming the mighty Tallulah River to make electricity.

Evoking the ancient legend of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound, Jones shows us the Nacoochee and Sautee Valleys and their people as they surely existed in 1919. 

He then sets the stage for a compelling twist of an ending at Tallulah Gorge with characters so real, they will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

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