author Susan Wittig Albert takes readers back in time to small-town Darling,
Alabama, in the 1930s—where the Darling Savings and Trust has just closed and
the women of the Darling Dahlias’ garden club are betting their bottom dollar
there’s going to be trouble…
It’s the spring of 1933 and times are tough all over. The
only businessman not struggling is moonshiner Mickey LeDoux, though he still
has to steer clear of federal agents. But banks are closing all over the
country, and the small town of Darling is no exception. Folks are suddenly
caught short on cash and everyone is in a panic.
Desperate to avoid disaster, several town leaders—including
Alvin Duffy, the bank’s new vice president—hatch a plan to print Darling
Dollars on newspaperman Charlie Dickens’ printing press. The “funny money” can
serve as temporary currency so the town can function. But when the first
printing of the scrip disappears, the Darling Dahlias set out to discover who
made an unauthorized withdrawal.
Meanwhile County Treasurer Verna Tidwell questions whether
she can trust Alvin Duffy—and the feelings he stirs up inside her. And Liz Lacy
learns her longtime beau may be forced into a shotgun wedding. Seems other
troubles don’t just go away when there’s a crisis. There’ll be no pennies from
heaven, but if anyone can balance things out, folks can bank on the Darling
Dahlias. Download and start listening now!