Camille Gardner is trapped in the middle when a unique Southern town collides with the “outside world” and big oil.
A talented negotiator, Camille Gardner agrees to take on one last field assignment for her uncle before she settles down to pursue her real passion—working at an art gallery. But she’d rather be anywhere than Samford, Louisiana, the small southern town where she once spent the worst weeks of her life.
To fulfill the obligation she feels to her uncle, Camille needs to entice a group of rural landowners to sell their mineral rights—and allow use of their precious water for the drilling of natural gas. Instead, she finds herself drawn to the local folk art created by those same landowners and attracted to Marsh Cameron, the attorney representing the landowners.
The charming residents and the traditions of this small community leave Camille conflicted about her family obligations—and her own plans for the future. Perhaps she needs to give Samford a second chance.
"Christie populates her story with a varied cast of Southern small-town characters. Her tendency for unresolved suspense is occasionally unsettling, but, overall, her stories have enough warmth and humor to keep her readers coming back for more." — CBA Retailers + Resources
Laden with Southern charm and Louisiana flavor, the first of Christie's new Trumpet and Vine series introduces a town full of riches seen and unseen. Camille Gardner reluctantly arrives in Samford to close a drilling contract for her uncle's oil and gas company. She wants to honor and conclude her family business obligation and return to her first love, curating art. But local folk artists and Marsh Cameron, their intriguing and too-likable lawyer, have banded together to save their community from intrusive drilling. Camille finds herself torn between fulfilling her debt to her uncle and respecting the town's down-home values of family, faith, and art. As she navigates tricky politicking and traitorous emotions, she reconciles painful memories and rediscovers her own spiritual identity. The story's fluid, Mitford-style pace perfectly matches the easygoing ambience of smalltown Louisiana. Fans of the author's Green series will feel they've met new friends just down the road who share the same humidity, fragrance, and foliage that Christie so effortlessly recreates.