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Kristie Leigh Maguire
Notes: Reviewer Kristie Leigh Maguire is the author of Desert
Triangle, Emails from the Edge, co-author of No Lady
and Her Tramp, contributor to Calliope's Mousepad:
Women Writers Online.
Will the Real Billy Joe Please Stand
His Corner (Will the Real Billy Joe Please Stand)
is the story of two young people from the same small town in Georgia
who have much in common – and much that isn’t. The setting
for In His Corner is during the sixties, an era of change
and unrest amongst the youthful population of the United States
– even those in a small town in the South.
Jane Moss was a young
naive Southern girl who yearned for a change, for something different
from the small town life where everyone knew everyone else and made
it their business to help them stay on the straight and narrow.
Shortly after her high school graduation, Jane moved to the big
city of Atlanta. Her life was filled with work, shopping and friends
– and trying to pretend that she wasn’t really the innocent
little small town girl that everyone thought she was. Life for Jane
in downtown Atlanta was exciting, much different than life in the
little town of Overton. Then she literally bumped into Billy Joe
Billingsley on the dance floor at Kitten’s Korner on Peachtree
Street - and her life changed forever.
Billy Joe Billingsley
was considered a juvenile delinquent amongst the town folk of Overton,
Georgia – despite the fact that his family was a prominent
one in the area. He had fallen in with the wrong crowd and had gotten
caught committing the “heinous crime” of stealing hubcaps.
Since he had just turned eighteen, he was sent to prison. When he
was released, he returned home but he just did not fit in anymore.
He soon left for greener pastures.
Billy Joe was older than
Jane and definitely not boyfriend material for such an innocent
young girl - but try telling that to Jane. She had met her soul
mate and nothing, not even her family disowning her, was going to
stop her from seeing Billy Joe. Life with Billy Joe was filled with
traveling from one place to another in the South. Jane suspected
that something was just not right about the “distribution
business” that Billy Joe was involved in but she closed her
eyes to it and pretended everything was on the up and up. After
all, they were in love and that made everything all right –
Moore Lewis has the true Southern knack for telling one heck of
a story. She had me hooked from the moment that I read the prologue.
Sometimes a writer hooks me from the first page, but it takes an
exceptional writer to hook me from the prologue. A new Southern
voice has emerged onto the writing scene in Joan Moore Lewis. In
His Corner (Will the Real Billy Joe Please Stand) is Joan Moore
Lewis’ first published book. I hope that it is not her last.