Lois Bailey enjoys writing – Gentle Stories –for the enjoyment of others. She feels that reading should be a positive experience for young persons, one that engenders growth, and a new understanding of others. Wholesome books provide young ones the ability to see distant lands, learn from different cultures, and feel good about life.
Originally from Ohio, Lois currently lives in Florida with her husband, Maltese, and two crazy cats.
Mattie’s New Day
Mattie proves to be a shining light amid many difficulties in this post-Civil War story of a bright, twelve-year-old African American girl and her loving mother, Bessie, who works as a maid for the Russell family, longtime plantation owners living in Nottaway County, Virginia.
The heartwarming relationship between Mattie and her ma, plus Mattie’s natural desire for dignity and opportunity highlight her strength of character in this period of lingering intolerance and resentment.
When problems arise, Mattie and Bessie must leave the only home they’ve ever known. It is through Mattie’s innocent quest for change and her sheer determination, as well as those whose heart’s she touches, that Mattie finally is able to achieve her lifelong dream.