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Joy Callaway

Joy Callaways love of storytelling is a direct result of her parents insistence that she read books or write stories instead of watching TV. Her interest in family history was fostered by her relatives habit of recounting tales of ancestors lives. Joy is a full-time mom and writer. She formerly served as a marketing director for a wealth management company. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Marshall University and an M.M.C. in Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina. She resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband, John, and her children, Alevia and John.

Genres: Historical
   The Fifth Avenue Artists Society (2016)
   Secret Sisters (2017)
   The Grand Design (2022)
     aka The Greenbrier Resort
   All the Pretty Places (2023)
   What the Mountains Remember (2024)
Joy Callaway recommends
Enchanted Hill (2023)
Emily Bain Murphy
"Evocative and compelling from the first sentence, Murphy's Enchanted Hill artfully transports the reader to the storied mansion of a 1930s Hollywood magnate where the silver screen sparkle blinds guests to the seedy underbelly housed in its halls - which is just as well for Cora, who is hiding secrets of her own after growing up on an isolated prison island. Mysterious, romantic, rich with historical detail, and impeccably written, Enchanted Hill is impossible to put down, the kind of novel that made me fall in love with historical fiction!"
The Last Carolina Girl (2023)
Meagan Church
"The Last Carolina Girl is lyrical and atmospheric, a true masterpiece of Southern fiction that will earn its longstanding place among greats on our bookshelves both for its exploration of a horrific piece of history often overlooked and for its insistence on hope. Church's debut is a must-read."
Wedding of the Season (2023)
Lauren Edmondson
"A must read for every book club! Atmospheric and clever, with captivating, evocative characters, Wedding of the Season is perennial - like the best sort of party where the memory echoes long after the final toast."
Where the Wandering Ends (2022)
Yvette Manessis Corporon
"A story about the complexities of people and how, even in the midst of chaos and fear, love shines through."
When We Were Worthy (2017)
Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
"What do you do when your whole life is turned around, crushed, and destroyed? Do you rise above it? Do you seek revenge? Do you run away? Do you blame yourself? When We Were Worthy is a brilliant, gripping novel that challenges the fabric of who we think we are, a story that speaks to both the fragility and strength of the human spirit in the wake of tragedy. I highly, highly recommend this novel!"
The Other Alcott (2017)
Elise Hooper
"An atmospheric and engaging read, The Other Alcott widens the Alcott family spotlight to position the charismatic, artistic May as a rightful equal to famed Louisa. Hooper skillfully draws the reader into the complicated, competitive dynamic between two sisters determined to master their work and love each other."
The Finishing School (2017)
Joanna Goodman
"Rich and intriguing, THE FINISHING SCHOOL is a page-turner of the best sort - a novel that dusts the polish off of prestige and leaves you with the startling truth."

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