Monday, September 14, 2015

Trust Me by Jo Huddleston

West Virginia, 1960
A mine owner. An elegant lady.
Seductive voices that scoff at trust.

Loreen Fletcher has suffered heartbreak. She resolves never to trust a man again. She has earned a respected position with no help from anyone, especially not from a man. At thirty-six, Loreen knows loving brings inevitable misery, and she won’t pick at that scab again.

Claude Capshaw’s life has taken another detour. Things that drove him no longer motivate him. Nothing fulfills him anymore—except that elegant lady at West Virginia University. Why won’t she trust him when he tells her he’ll never betray her?


Spring, 1960
Morgantown, West Virginia

Julie stepped out of the shower, grabbed a towel from the rack, and twisted it around her short, wet hair. As she wrapped a second towel around her body, the telephone rang. She tucked the end of the towel against her skin so it wouldn’t slip and took the few steps to pick up the phone in the living room.
She cleared her throat to speak those first hoarse words of the morning. “Hello.”
“Is this Julia Capshaw?”
Her friends here at the university called her Julie. This caller must be somebody from home. Everyone there called her by her given name, Julia, as her daddy did. “Yes, this is Julia Capshaw Montagna.”
“Oh, I’m sorry, Julia. After all this time, I can’t get used to you being married and living up there at West Virginia University. Julia, this is Hank, your daddy’s supervisor at his Coaltown coal mine.”
“What’s wrong, Hank? Why are you calling? Has something happened to Daddy?” Nothing can happen to Daddy! Since he moved her mother into the rest home in Charleston, he’d lived alone in that big house. Had he fallen?
“Well, Julia, a little bad news.”
Why won’t he just tell her? “What is it, Hank? Tell me.”
“It’s Mr. Capshaw, your daddy. He came to the coal mine earlier than usual this morning. I was already in the tipple. Said he didn’t sleep much last night. When we climbed up the slope to the mouth of the mine, he collapsed.”
“Hank, is my daddy okay?”
“Well, Julia, I got the ambulance to come over from the next county. Them boys got him hooked up to oxygen. They took him to Charleston, and I followed in my car. I’m here at the hospital now.”
“Which hospital, Hank?”
“We’re at Charleston General.”
“Are they telling you anything, Hank? What’s wrong with Daddy?”
“They’re doing tests on him now. They think it’s his heart. Won’t know for sure till they finish all the tests.”
“Hank, how long can you stay there at the hospital?”
“I’m staying all day. I’ll have to get back to the family by night.”
“I’ll have to speak to a few people here before I can leave school. I’ll be there before you have to go home. I’ll get there as soon as I can.”
“Okay, Julia. I figured you’d want to be with your daddy. I haven’t talked to him since we got to the hospital. But I’ll be right here when they say I can see him.”
“Thank you, Hank. I’ll see you before long.”
Julie hung up the phone and hurried to finish up after her shower. She’d let her hair dry on its own—no time for the hair dryer. Dressed in a skirt and blouse, Julie pushed her socked feet into her loafers, grabbed her purse, and left the small house.

Robby had the car, so she’d have to walk to Hubert Hall. She might be too early, but she’d be there when the Dean of Women arrived.

About The Author

Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Novels in her West Virginia Mountains Series and her Caney Creek Series are sweet Southern historical romances. She is a member of ACFW, the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Learn more at where you can sign up for Jo’s mailing list and read her blogs.

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Jo Huddleston is giving away a copy of Trust Me. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Jo Huddleston said...

Karen, so glad to be visiting the Book Loft! Good luck to all commenters in the book drawing.

Anonymous said...

Love to win Jo's book!Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kim Amundsen said...

New author for me adding her name to my must read list.

Jo Huddleston said...

Shelia, glad to see you here in the Book Loft. Thanks for leaving your comment.

Jo Huddleston said...

Kim, glad you found a new author to you here on the Book Loft--me! I appreciate you adding me to your must read list. Thanks for commenting.

sm said...

I like the plot of middle aged people learning to trust each other. This cold hold true for a widow entering a second marriage. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jo Huddleston said...

sm, glad you like the plot of middle aged people learning to trust each other. If you read the book, I hope you enjoy the story. Thanks for commenting.

Connie said...

Jo. I follow you by email and enjoy your interviews with other authors. It is great to see you and your new book spotlighted!
cps1950 (at) gmail (dot) com

Jo Huddleston said...

Connie, I'm honored to be here on the Book Loft. Thanks for following my blog and for commenting here. Thank you for the encouraging words.

Anonymous said...

Would love to win a copy of your book, Trust Me. Thanks, Jo, for this opportunity!

Anonymous said...

Jo Huddleston, thank you for offering a giveaway for Trust Me. It sounds like a wonderful book and I look forward to reading it.

cjajsmommy said...

It will be refreshing to read a book where the characters are mature and have dealt with the realities of life. I think many of us have trust issues when we get to that age and beyond. I want to see how this plays out in your book. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Deb Ragno

Bonnie Roof said...

Enjoyed the review, love the story line, and would love to read 'Trust Me' - thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!


Jo Huddleston said...

Anonymous #1, you're welcome. If you win the book, I hope you enjoy reading it! Thanks for leaving your comment.

Anonymous #2, you're welcome. I'm glad Trust Me sounds wonderful to you and enjoy it. Thanks for your comment.

Deb, glad you look forward to reading Trust Me. Other characters in the book also face trust issues, as you will see when you read the book. Thanks for commenting.

Bonnie, you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the interview and like the story line of Trust Me. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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