The Beginning of Me



At seventeen, Tess Cooper was a high school drop-out, an orphan, and a single mom to a baby girl with Down syndrome. The next two years didn’t turn out like she thought it would.

After her dad’s death, she flees Brooksville, Alabama, in his beloved 1957 Thunderbird before the red clay on his grave can settle. A year of traveling from place to place brings Tess and Paisley to the deep fried, southern town of Panacea, Florida, where her money runs out. A stranger, named Butterball, takes them in and gives Tess a job taking pictures at Wakulla Springs State Park and the annual Sopchoppy Worm Grunting Festival.  

Afraid to trust these people, Tess plans to leave, but the T-Bird is stolen and she is forced to stay. Paisley is thriving on all the attention.  Tess weighs her options. Can she give her baby what she needs? Should she put down roots in this place where she has found friends? Or should she give Paisley up for adoption and head out on a life of her own? 


Available at these locations:

Crum's Mini-mall in Panacea

My Favorite Books

Barnes & Noble in Tallahassee

Maggie Belle's Antiques

Bay Leaf Market

Wakulla Historical Society


Current Stock:
5.50 (in)
8.50 (in)
0.75 (in)

Reviews Hide Reviews

Good Beach Read

This was a great read, perfect for an afternoon at the beach and it even comes with the beach! It is very poignant, all while addressing the emotional turmoil of a 19 year old with a special needs baby. The author created a wonderful, fun character, nicknamed Butterball, who takes the young Tess under her wing, and with her niece, Gabs becomes more of a family than Tess ever had. You will like this one.

Paisley's Memories

I enjoyed reading this book, it has what I like in a book, charaters you can become attached to, a book that makes you laugh and also makes you cry a lot. Hopefully there will be sequels to this book and also other genres from this authoress.