Cradle in the Oak
Published by: Dogwood Press
Set in the year 1906 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Cradle in the Oak opens with protagonist and young mother Carrie Burns waking up to discover her husband left in the middle of the night with their two young sons and their sixteen-year-old sitter. Making it her life’s work to find her beloved children, Carrie lands a job and reinvents herself as a resourceful businesswoman in order to save enough money to travel across the country by train and search for her sons. There’s action, suspense, and romance in a novel that’s deeply submerged in Coast life. Long time Coast residents may recognize one of their ancestors among the more than ninety real-life characters scattered throughout this novel and recognize many of the landmarks that still exist on the Coast today. Join Carrie Burns as she learns how the seafood industry built the city of Biloxi and enjoys the annual regatta of the majestic schooners, affectionately referred to as White Winged Queens. Take a journey through the South as she strives to rescue her sons and bring them back to the Coast to live the legacy they were born to live.
Personal Note from the Author
Inspiration for this novel came from an intriguing newspaper clipping from 1906 found among the possessions of my husband’s grandmother, Carrie Artemis Bosarge Barnes Wheeler, describing the creative way she searched the country for her missing children and estranged husband. Since she kept this difficult period of her life a well-guarded secret, this novel is a product of my imagination, embellished by the fascinating history of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the East Coast of Florida. After her divorce from her unfaithful husband, Carrie married James W. Wheeler, for which I will be forever grateful. From that union, my husband, David, and our sons, Drew and Jeffrey, are in this world today. I am a fourth generation Biloxian, a descendant of Anna Gillen Cox, a character in this novel, born in Biloxi on February 14, 1875, who married Edward Roumold Cox, an Irishman from New Orleans at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Biloxi on January 17, 1900. I hope you enjoy this journey to the year 1906 as much as I enjoyed traveling back in time to get there.
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"From the inspiration of a 1906 newspaper clipping, Wheeler has created an historical novel that can be enjoyed not only for the intriguing and suspenseful escapades of its main character, but also for the historical research that underpins it."
"A suspenseful read... as well as a heroine in Carrie Burns that you will never forget."
Presented here is a collection of photographs from around Biloxi, MS which helped inspire Cradle in the Oak. These are some of the very same sites you will find in the upcoming novel by Candace Cox Wheeler.