Can a beautiful young woman's native wit and uncommon intelligence overcome an overpowering and deep-seated guilt that is destroying her life? That's the central question of Magdalenes
, the story of Sarah Beth LaBranche's fall, rise and eventual triumph.
When Sarah Beth rents a room from Annedette Cheramie and meets the regal Creole lady's grandson, Frank, her life is forever changed. Sarah Beth becomes Frank's nurse, accountant and research assistant. Collecting his bills, helping him with patients using the latest in Victorian medical treatments and seeking a cure for a blinding eye disease, she falls in love with him. Now her terrible secret must be kept from the two people she holds most dear—her mother and Frank. Ever fearful that Frank will discover the awful truth about her, Sarah Beth helps him battle the 1905 Yellow Fever Epidemic, fighting ignorance, corruption and bigotry in a heroic struggle to help Frank banish his own demons. But each victory brings Sarah Beth's secret closer to being discovered.
Magdalenes is not a typical romance, nor the usual medical thriller. Scrupulously researched, it blends the best elements of these genres into a compelling historical novel of tragedy, betrayal and redemption.
Channing has been writing professionally for eleven years, with articles in over a hundred issues of various national, regional and local business publications. Magdalenes was a finalist in an America’s Best novel competition sponsored by the Writers Foundation.