Pillow of Thorns by Karen Cecil Smith
On Thanksgiving Day, 1850, an exotic young beauty stands trial for killing her wealthy, older husband. Was she a heartless murderer or was she simply a victim of circumstance? This fictionalized account of the first woman tried for murder in Cumberland County, North Carolina is a spellbinding blend of mystery, superstition, slavery, and social history. Smith's Pillow of Thorns will take hold of your imagination as it transports you to another place and time.
Karen Cecil Smith is the author of a biography, Orlean Puckett: The Life of a Mountain Midwife, 1844-1939 and a children's picture book entitled An Old Salem Christmas, 1840, which received the Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and photographer. Her fictional stories have appeared in magazines such as Writers' Journal and other national publications. Ms. Smith's poetry has been included in various literary journals. She lives on a farm in North Carolina.