What are you willing to risk to break free?
Smothered by her husband’s expectations and the rigid gender roles of the 1970s, Lydia Colton sees a chance to rediscover and unfetter herself—if only she can find out the truth about a wealthy man’s suspicious death.
According to history in the small town of Tanner, North Carolina, Howard Galloway died from accidentally drinking poison moonshine, leaving his twin brother, Henry, sole heir to the family’s cotton mill and fortune. When Lydia hears that some people suspect Henry killed Howard, she impulsively starts asking questions and is soon tangled up in the Galloway secrets, which no one—least of all the Galloways—wants her to pursue.
Lydia’s husband, Jeff, warns her that enraging Henry, the richest and most prominent employer in town, could jeopardize Jeff’s career in Tanner, and soon Lydia and Jeff’s marriage is at risk. But attempts by Jeff and other townspeople to thwart Lydia only make her more determined to solve the riddles she’s uncovered. Will revealing the truth save or destroy her? Surface and Shadow tells a story of long-hidden family secrets, unfulfilled desires, betrayal, and, ultimately, hope.