Mary Morony’s first novel in the Apron Strings Trilogy, Apron Strings, was released in 2014 and is touted as a “truly compelling novel” reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird and The Help. This novel’s story begins in the late 1950s when the state of Virginia attempted to desegregate the public school system. Morony’s story rings true with history. It recounts the confusion and bigotry as seen from both sides of the issue. Her characters are compelling and relatable, with personal triumphs and tragedies of their own. Morony develops a true-to-life story. She really lets readers see into the characters’ very souls.
You’ll find that the characters in Apron Strings lead dramatic, exciting, and sometimes tragic lives; but their strength of heart and character give them power to move forward. Individual experiences, true and honest thoughts and actions come through in Morony’s text to make this novel truly endearing.
Get a sneak peek at Apron Strings right HERE.
The second novel in the Apron Strings Trilogy is Done Growed Up When we last left the Mackey Family in the late 1950s, their lives were in turmoil. Divorce, alcoholism, racism, death, puberty – what WEREN’T they dealing with? Ethel, a black maid in a racist world – the true heart and soul of the Mackey Family, is the children’s only constant as she fights her own numerous demons. Twelve-year-old Sallee struggles to understand the world with little enlightenment from the adults around her. Ginny, newly divorced mother of four, finds that she doesn’t have the luxury of being the spoiled princess she once was. She is overwhelmed with responsibility, feelings of abandonment, and alcoholism. Joe, Ginny’s ex, and the children’s father, revels in new-found wealth and popularity with women, but agonizes over his children and the dangers within their broken family.
These characters and more will draw you into heartwarming moments and terrible tragedies and, maybe, teach you a few things in the process! “I feel like the trauma in my life has been a gift,” Morony says. “I felt compelled to pass on what I have learned to overcome those traumatic experiences. The Mackey Family was replete with candidates for counseling in Apron Strings. In Done Growed Up, the characters find methods to deal with their addictions, obsessions and anger.”
Get a sneak peek at Done Growed Up right HERE.
The third and final novel in the Apron Strings Trilogy is aptly entitled If It Ain’t One Thing… One of best things about this latest novel is it is set almost fifty years later than the first two. Besides most of the original characters, there is a whole new generation of Mackeys, plus in-laws and outlaws.
The gang’s all here, for the most part, and are all gearing up for the wedding of the century. Sallee’s self-centered and petulant daughter, Virginia, wants a Christmas wedding with every bell, whistle and gem-encrusted ornament. Burning up Sallee’s American Express card at every turn, Virginia has also decided on the perfect venue for her nuptials – her grandparents, Joe and Ginny’s place. Though a huge undertaking, the Mackey’s seem a more concerned with the fact that they know very little about the impending groom.
Virginia is surrounded by her family – all of the people who love her unconditionally. It should be the best time of her life. Why does she feel so alone.
Learn more about If It Ain’t One Thing… HERE