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The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter

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2000s: What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?

  • ISBN: 978-0008220853
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of nothing more than stuffy cars, seedy motels, and roadside bars as she travels the country with her rather eccentric mother. Not surprisingly, she doesn’t want to do down the same path as her mum. She does everything she can to distance herself from that life. However there are questions from that time that she still doesn’t have answers too.

So she goes back to the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she’ll learn that in her mother s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…

Travel Guide

Fictional Aurora

The author explains what Texas means to her:

“I chose a fictional town in rural Texas. I named it Aurora, which means dawn in Latin. Dawn is the beginning of the twilight before sunrise, a place I had been stuck in for so long. I couldn’t have chosen Aurora, Texas, if it hadn’t been for the fact that the rolling hills and lakes demanded stories be told and abandoned farms longed to be given oxygen to propel forward whatever life was left in them.

It wasn’t until I allowed Texas to be what it was with all its heat waves and flooding and tornadoes that the land began to tease out the love that was needed for me to be at peace. What was unlovable had become worthwhile, the strange had become familiar, and the familiar tugged on me and eventually I ended up in love. It might have been an arranged marriage, but it grew into something much more: the ‘Welcome to Texas’ sign was no longer a mocking, but an honest greeting. And one day, after I landed at the local municipal airport, I had a feeling of coming home. You can’t help but love what sustains you, as long as you give it a chance. “We’re home,” I say now as we pass the sign and I mean it. ”

An interesting Texas state from Alexandra: Every state has a state flower. In 1901 the Texas legislature named the bluebonnet state flower. The bluebonnet’s petals are said to resemble the sunbonnets worn by pioneer women.

Contrary to popular belief it is not illegal to pick them but the state highway department will leave the grass along highways undisturbed while they are in bloom. It’s not surprising to hear that Texans take their obsession with bluebonnets to the next level: every spring countless people stop by the side of the highways and take pictures. After all, they are only in bloom for a month or so.

Booktrail Boarding Pass: The Good Daughter

Author/Guide: Alexandra Burt   Destination: Aurora, Texas  Departure Time: 2000s

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