About Georgia’s Folly
By Deborah Chase

Georgia’s Folly unfolds from a cluttered flea market to a glamorous Sotheby’s auction, introducing Chloe Bishop, a history teacher and foster care alum in present-day New York. Chloe discovers the diary of Georgia Potter, a Civil War-era collector, detailing a rare Chippendale settee. Partnering with Ben Thompson, a rebellious picker estranged from his wealthy family, they embark on a quest, unwittingly pursued by Gregor, a Russian art dealer. From Gettysburg to Philadelphia and a Hudson River mansion, the journey intertwines history, family, and romance, echoing Dan Brown and Steve Berry’s style. Written from a woman’s perspective, each chapter begins with Georgia’s diary, making Georgia’s Folly a compelling read for fans of split-time novels by Kristen Hamel, Fiona Davis, and Julia Kelly.

Deborah Chase on The Writing Life

For most of my professional life, I have written lifestyle books on beauty, fashion and health—but I have always wanted to write novels that dealt with art, antiques and history. Over the years I’ve  cut out  interesting articles about art and art history in magazines and newspapers, visited historic sites and museums, and haunted flea markets  and estate sales to bring home a little bit of history.

I devour historical books including those by Phillipa Gregory, Edwin Rutherford and Kristin Harmel. I especially love to visit  streets and stores mentioned in a book. When I started to write novels I wanted to be accurate to place and time. For the first book, Georgia’s Folly I immersed myself in Gettysburg. I stayed in a redbrick hotel that still had bullet holes in the wall, walked the battlefield of Picketts Charge and climbed into the hidden spaces of a home that was a stop on the Underground Railroad. For my second book The Secrets of Hasbrook Hall, I went to gun shows, explored the New York State canal system, hung out with furniture restorers and attended a glittering Sotheby’s auction. I had such an interesting time researching my books, I thought others might enjoy  the sites and back stories of the research.

This blog will cover my onsite research, interesting items to identify and value and share recipes of each time period. I hope that readers will send in photos of their  trips, share photos of items they want to identify and value and  provide old family recipes that relate to specific  times in history.

What I am Reading

What I am Reading

The Keeper of Happy Endings

If there is something I love  more than historical fiction it’s a split time historical novel. The Keeper of Happy Endings toggles between  Paris under Nazis occupation  and Boston in the 1980’s.

The book opens in 1939   Solaine Roussel is working at her families legendary  bridal salon.   Each Roussel  gown has a small charm sewn into a seam and  is trimmed with a  white satin bow.  Legend has it that every bride that wears a Roussel gown  will have a long and happy marriage.

Fifty years later, Rory Grant  finds a box of memories  belonging to Solaine.  The friendship that develops between Rory and Solaine  begins slowly begins to  heal  the families torn apart by war.  There is such a happy ending that you will close the pages with a genuine smile.

On Location

Lutheran Seminary

This is a photo of the Lutheran Seminary where northern soldiers first spotted the confederate army advancing on Gettysburg. I love books and movies that accurately portray a time and place. When I started to write my split time novel, Georgia’s Folly,  I knew I would...

Antique ID

Early Redware Pottery

I believe that the true history of a time and place can be seen in our everyday lives— how we lived, what we valued and what we left behind. I found this bowl in the wild on a blanket at a small flea market—a leftover from a large estate sale. I recognized it...

Recipes

It’s no secret that I am a passionate foodie. I love to shop at farmer’s markets, collect cookbooks, search out new restaurants and cook for family and friends.

I love when novels include tempting food scenes and  even offer recipes. Geogia’s Folly includes description of meals  as a natural part  of the narrative.  At the end of the book, there will be recipes for the meals featured in the story.

Chloe Bishop’s Cuban born foster mother made a big pot of Azzoz Con Pollo every Friday night. It made the house smell wonderful and could be stretched to feed a new child who suddenly needed a safe place to sleep. I adapted this recipe from a little booklet published by GOYA foods.

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken quarters ( thighs and legs)
  • 2 teaspoons of GOYA Adobo seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • I packet Sazon with saffron
  • 1/3 cup pimento stuffed olives
  • 1/3 cup slivered roast pimentos
  • 1 cup rice

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Cut chicken leg and thigh apart into two pieces.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with Adobo, heat oil in large non-stick saute pan and brown chicken on both sides.
  3. When nicely brown on both sides, remove chicken and place in a 6 quart Dutch oven. Stir in garlic, onions and green pepper into saute pan and cook until vegetables are tender but not browned. Add rice and saute for another minute.
  4. Add veggies and rice back to the chicken in the Dutch oven and add broth, Sazon and bring to a boil.
  5. Add green olives, stir and cover the pot. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes until rice is cooked and chicken is tender.

Giveaways

In a previous life I ran a blogging group called Fashion Flash. Each month we did a giveaway that included popular books, skin care, make-up and a $50 gift cards to Amazon, American Express or Visa. Called Beauty and a Book Giveaway, it was free to enter and we received from 2,000-6,000 entries for each contest. Like so many things, it ended with COVID. We’re now bringing giveaways back with the launch of this site. Many of the top bloggers from Fashion Flash including Stacie of Make-up Obsessed Mom and Sissi of Beauty4free2u will be hosting our giveaways.

Each prize package will include top beauty brands including items from Drunk Elephant, Milk and Saie, three great books and a $50 gift card from Amazon (total value $200.) Subscribe here to be notified for new giveaways. Its free to enter. All you have to do is like us on Instagram (@thewritinglife2) and subscribe to DeborahChase.com and you are entered.

Deborah Chase

With a background in journalism and history, she draws inspiration from a family steeped in art and antiques, crafting tales like her latest novel, ‘Georgia’s Folly.’

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