“Based on a true story, McFadden’s research is meticulous as she weaves the murder of Tillie Smith with the blistering fictional story of Rachel, a newlywed who is determined to solve the crime which echoes the denial and secrets that surround her marriage to the cemetery keeper. This is an original novel, one readers will savor.”
ADRIANA TRIGIANI, New York Times bestselling author of Big Stone Gap and Brava Valentine
“A riveting emotional ride of 2 women a century apart, coming together finding peace, one in death, one in life. This is historical fiction at its best.”
STEPHANIE SUPINSKI, Branch Manager, Palmer Library, Easton PA
“A heartbreaking story of shame, secrets, and the quest for love and redemption. McFadden relays a forgotten tragedy, which once held Victorian America in thrall, through the eyes of Rachel Miller, the cemetery keeper’s wife. With passion and a keen sense of detail, McFadden, whose real life coincidences mirror Rachel’s, is the perfect person to tell this story.”
MARY ALICE MONROE, New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House and The Butterfly’s Daughter
“Book clubs will savor the rich details of life in the 1800’s and the ripped from the headlines current story of Rachel.
J. FRANK BURLESON, Park Road Books
Maryann was interviewed by Joyce Estey on WRNJ Radio, Hackettstown, NJ.
Here is the entire interview:
Maryann McFadden, author of THE CEMETERY KEEPER’S WIFE, honors Tillie Smith at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ, on the anniversary of her death.