Beyond McCarron's Corner: Sassy's Story - Book Review


Beyond McCarron's Corner: Sassy's Story

Author: Sharon K. Middleton
Genre: Romance - Historical
Date Published: February 15, 2018
ISBN-10: 1612969917
ISBN-13: 9781612969916


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Sharon K. Middleton’s historical romance book titled "Beyond McCarron’s Corner:  Sassy’s Story" is a story that finds Sarah Searcy, aka Sassy and her two dogs trekking into Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness and suddenly and mysteriously disappearing.  Something has happened to her, no phone contact, no notes,  no clues, nothing. She had been distraught over her husband's death; could that had something to do with her disappearance? Her stepson, Rick, and her red-headed brother Jim are beyond themselves over her missing.  What has happened to her; is she lost, hurt, dead or what?

The story is actually an edgy unvarnished tale of a fictional adventure based on the famed Culper Spy Ring and not simply about a woman who mysteriously disappears in the 37,000 acres of the Cohutta Wilderness. Middleton juxtaposes the views of today with the struggles of our nations' founders.

The story takes you back to 1778 when the American Revolutionary War was floundering for George Washington and his ragtag army. Information about British plans and troop movements was desperately needed by Washington to help counter the mounting British victories. The Culper Spy Ring, organized in 1778, would end up providing the kind of information needed to defeat the British. The Culper Spy Ring became the most important spy rings organized by the Americans during the war and would supply General Washington with critical information that would help win the American Revolutionary War.

Middleton writes Sassy into those pages of colonial history. She becomes an integral addition to the Culper Spy Ring. She embraces the people that fate has surrounded her with and quickly finds one man that she falls in loves with, gets pregnant and gives birth.  Wait, do all these things really happen? Or could this adventure be really, just a dream? Did Sassy really find a portal that plunged her into the midst of our Revolutionary War and if she did, can she find a way out?  Will she want to leave her new found home and love to return to the future and to those who are looking for her?

Sassy’s predicament forces her to face life-altering decisions. She can sit back and watch her world simply tear apart, or she can stand and fight for both her country’s independence and her own. The story is fraught with intrigue, seemingly insurmountable obstacles but laced with love and lots of passion and emotions.

Based on historical events and set during the bittersweet years of our Revolution.   The story is filled with the hope and faith that fortified our young nation in its infancy. With so many questions left unanswered, how will this story end? No spoilers here, you’ll have to read the book to find out how the story concludes.

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Beyond McCarron's Corner: Sassy's Story

A fascinating interview with Sharon K. Middleton about her latest book, "Beyond McCarron's Corner: Sassy's Story," a fictional tale about a woman who is transported back in time to the Revolutionary War era.

About Sharon K. Middleton


I am a fourth-generation Texan who grew up in San Antonio. My first relative was a boy who came to the Colonies in 1747 as a Scottish indentured servant at age 12. My great-grandmother immigrated from Mexico in the 1890s.

I am a semi-retired attorney with a family practice near Houston, Texas. I write, quilt, and raise and show Skye terriers. I love North Georgia and we hope to retire there next year. We finally bought our land overlooking the Cohutta Wilderness I love so much!

The McCarron's Daughter is not a typical romance. Fancy has been seriously abused both while growing up by her older brother by adoption, Tom Selk, and is later abused as a young woman during the Revolutionary War. War is never kind to women and children. Fancy must learn to love herself despite the abuse she has suffered and to allow herself to move beyond her youthful abuse to be able to find the love of her life. Although not a typical romance, the McCarron's Daughter won two awards for literary excellence, the Pencraft Award for Historical Romance in 2019, and the Texas Best Book Awards in Historical Romance in 2020. She finds her happy-ever-after in Diary of the Reluctant Duchess.

Path of the Guiding Light was released on 12-20. It is about Baylie Smith, the Cherokee woman who goes back in time to help fulfill part of the prophecy only to be sent back to the future to resolve a problem. Once returned to the future, she learns she is expecting a 'differently-abled child. Will she be able to return to the past and help her people avoid the Trail of Tears? Will she be reunited with Shadow Wolf, the love of her life? How will her 'differently abled' baby fit into the prophecy?

My next book, The McCarron'a Destiny, is about Charlie, who will be going back in time to assume his duties as Duke Ranscome. Didn't you wonder how on earth Fancy could be a Duchess? Charlie love with, Kelly Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American girl. Will she go back in time, too? What problems will a mixed-race couple face in Regency England? The McCarron's Destiny comes out 10-14, and Charlie's cover will be quite different from earlier covers!

I enjoy writing about children as they are growing up. This is the first book of the next generation as we move closer to helping the Cohutta Cherokees move westward to Oklahoma before the infamous Trail of Tears.

The next book deals with Elizabeth, who falls in love with Dr. Ari Hotep. After Elizabeth will come Sara, with an unexpected mystery. Check back to see what is coming next!

I hope you enjoy the books. If you do, be sure to leave positive feedback. You can reach me at if you have ideas about future plots or other constructive suggestions.

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