Olivia DeBelle Byrd has created an admiral character for readers to appreciate in <em>Save My Place</em>.
A love story set in the South during the 1960s and 70s against the backdrop of the Vietnam war, Save My Place is the story of Elisabeth’s meeting and marrying her beloved Kincaid, and the evolution of their married life. Even as difficulties arise in their lives. Elisabeth’s jaunty voice lifts us, along with herself and Kincaid, through seemingly unbearable situations. Upon meeting her, Kincaid exclaims, “You strike me as a very entertaining person.” Indeed, Elisabeth’s ability to find humor and joy amid sorrows, such as Kincaid’s deployment to fight in the Vietnam War, enlightens us about a powerful source of resiliency.
Still, Elisabeth is a realist. Though she wishes to abide in Peter Pan’s Neverland existence, and has a “magic door inside… that kept all the ills of the world at bay,” the door comes ajar. Yet, even when their child is diagnosed with leukemia, her indomitable spirit eventually allows her to engage in life and assist her husband in doing the same.
Olivia DeBelle Byrd has created an admiral character for readers to appreciate in Save My Place.
Olivia will be at The Book Loft September 30th, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, signing her books at a wine and cheese reception.
Olivia deBelle Byrd is a self-proclaimed Southern Belle who resides in Panama City, Florida, with her husband, Tommy, and is the proud mother of Tommy Jr. and Elizabeth. She is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and a Kappa Delta. Like many Southerners, Olivia has a penchant for turning ordinary happenings into entertainment. The result is her first collection of humorous essays, Miss Hildreth Wore Brown-Anecdotes of a Southern Belle.