On Saturday, August 16, the Macon County Arts Council welcomed Terri Merryman, well-known local writer who presented a book review, program and book signing for the recently published “Thorns on a Rose” at the new Geraldine Hire Community Room in the Macon County Public Library. Merryman said, “The story was meant to be told.”
Born and raised in Lafayette, author Rose Reid still lives and works here. Although classifed as fiction, the account is based on a true story. The book also has an added section written by Susan Gillpatrick, LPC, who provides a complete analysis of the people, the events, and the toxic relationships.
Ms. Merryman writes in her review:
“At fifteen, Rose had it all–friends, a loving family, a job, and her own bank account. She wasn’t looking for romance until Clay, a handsome cowboy with a gentle kiss, changed all that one summer’s night. Their love story would span three decades until his family intervened and turned this fairy tale into a modern-day Romeo and Juliet; exposing everyone’s true character and putting Rose’s life in jeopardy.
“As you form your own opinions about spineless Clay and his decisions, the red flags missed and the opportunities wasted, you might not be able to put this book down–although you will be tempted to throw it across the room. It’s a story full of twists and turns, love and hate, reality and fantasy and it’s based on true events. You can’t make this stuff up.”