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Home to McCarron’s Corner

Lily's Story

by Sharon K. Middleton

Home to McCarron's Corner - Sharon K. Middleton
Editions:Kindle - First Edition: $ 3.99
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 245

Lily Van Der Houghton, a newly licensed physician, is lost and unsettled on which way her life is leading her when she goes hiking to the Jacks River Falls. Lily stumbles through a hole in time and finds herself in 1763. She is not on the trail to the falls anymore but is in Indian Territory in the aftermath of the French and Indian War. To her surprise, Lily learns she has a key role in an ancient Cherokee prophecy. The tribal elders prayed for the right woman to come from Beyond to be Red Moon Woman and the right woman for Marcus McCarron. Lily Van Der Houghton, fresh from the new millennium, is the right woman for the job.


The falls were awesome.  The day had warmed up, so I slipped off my pants and shirt to do some yoga stretches before I dove into the icy cold, green waters below the falls.  I was clad in what Mom would have called an itty-bitty, teeny-weeny bikini.  If you got it, flaunt it, I always say.  After about a half hour, I pulled myself up on the flat rocks.  I intended to enjoy the sun awhile before I would head towards the beech bottom trail, where I planned to set up camp for the night.  Piece of cake, I thought, as i dozed lying there in the sun.

Until I heard the scream.


The doctor in me woke up right away at the sound of the childish voice in distress.  I raised up, and saw a little kid floundering in the water.  I swam the area just a little while ago.  I knew the water was 8 to 10 feet deep there, far too deep for a child who looked to be no more than 3 or maybe 4.  I rose up, dove into the cold waters, gasping as the cold water hit me again like icy shards of glass piercing my skin.  Despite the shock of the cold, I managed to swim to the struggling child. The boy began to fight me as i tried to catch him.  I smacked him hard to get him to stop struggling and held him in a dead man's hold as I swam back to the shore.  He lay deathly still as I pulled his limp,  small form out of the water.

"Shit, kid, don't you dare die on me now," I said as i slapped him on the back, hard, two or three times, and then rolled him over to begin CPR.  Five compressions and breaths later, the boy took a great,ragged breath, and then began coughing and vomiting up water.

About that time, I realized a woman had run up beside me.  Two men were coming up behind her.  I started to fuss at them for allowing the child to be near the river alone, and then my words froze in my mouth.  I managed one word.  "Ginny."

"You returned.  And you came in time to save my child."  She clasped me close hugging me tight to her deerskin dress as she sobbed in relief.

Reviews:Joan Capaiu Greene on Amazon wrote:

I really enjoyed this saga of a modern woman surviving and learning to thrive during the US' revolutionary war years - especially the author's weaving together of ancient, herb-based medical knowledge and current medical and surgical practices. There is a great deal of attention to small details in this and other books by Sharon K Middleton; that detail greatly enhanced the story line for me, as it encouraged me to think deeper about what it would be like to walk in Lily's shoes in a totally foreign, even horrific (at times) environment. Highly recommended!

seniorphoptog on Amazon wrote:

'Home to McCarron's Corner' was not your usual romance. Lily is a time-traveler, seeing the world of the 1760's through the eyes of a modern woman. Marc is very much a man of his era, yet they find much common ground as they fall in love and marry. Throw in a Cherokee prophecy, a frustrated 'other woman', a truly smarmy villain and George Washington, and you have a book you won't want to put down. I enjoyed the read thoroughly and am looking forward to reading the next one!
I exchanged an ARC for an honest review of the book.

John Crawford on Amazon wrote:

A very enjoyable read. Well researched. I enjoyed the how the author respectfully portrayed First Nation’s religious practices and herbal medicine as Lily became a student of Selu a native shaman and wise woman. I appreciated that the author took the time to make sure that events where historically correct. I smiled as she shared the lyrics of two of my faviourite songs, one traditional Irish. The story has romance, adventure, a hero to love and a villain to deplore, a satisfying ending but one that gives the reader hope that there is more story to be told. Yes, a very enjoyable read!

Alex Bernstein on Amazon wrote:

Gives Stephen King a run for his money.

I picked this book up the other day. My wife was reading it and kept talking about it. (She's a nurse and enjoyed all the medical jargon). I was in between books at the time so I decided to give it a go. I couldn't put it down. There was enough science-fiction and historical elements to keep me interested. Plus, it's never a bad idea to begin a book with a reference to Tolkien.

Meg Lelvis on Goodreads wrote:

For fans of this genre, be sure and give Sharon Middleton a try. I was interested in the time period and the contrast between Lily's modern medicine and medical treatments after the French and Indian War. Also the Cherokee prophecy and colorful tribal language was enjoyable. Middleton's writing style is smooth and flows well. Settle in for a book that'll let you immerse yourself in another time.

This is the prequel to Beyond McCarron's Corner.  I usually tell people to read it first, because it is set 15 years before the first book in the series.  Remember this is Time Travel Romance, in a historic setting.   Lily is assaulted in one scene and this might cause triggering.   The prophecy begins in this book and is a continuing theme through the books.  It does not reach fulfillment in this book.

About the Author

I am a fourth generation Texan who grew up in San Antonio. My first relative was a boy came to the Colonies in 1747 as a Scottish indentured servant at age 12. Children were indentured until age 121, not for the regular 7 year indenture. My great-grandmother immigrated from Mexico in the 1890's. My grandfather taught me Spanish.

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 - if I can manage to get my husband to retire! He claims he is still having too much fun working.