Bless their little hearts…
Marriage is a compilation of laughter, tears, and occasional inane spats over nothing, Life in the south is a combination of sass, sophistication, and sticky situations. When you mix these together, the result is gut-splitting hysterical. In these Southern short stories, the whimsical Williams couple takes readers on the highs and lows of their Southern marriage.
Dalton Williams, a well-meaning and kind-hearted gentleman, has ideas that are quirky and kooky—many times going awry. His practical and sensible wife, Grace, keeps him grounded. Embark upon a fun-filled and hilarious journey through the aisles of Publix supermarket to the frustration of Daylight Saving Time. Dalton and Grace are familiar faces experiencing
life’s oftentimes silly mundanity, and when you add their adorable and sassy Aunt Toogie, you have a real southern treat!
These short stories were written by Bill Stevens and edited by his wife, Ann Stevens. They live in Daniel Island, a suburb of Charleston, South Carolina. They enjoy reading, writing, travel, giving back to their community, and spending time with their four children and ten grandchildren.
Characters can sometimes be an archetype. In our book, Dalton and Grace, Whimsical Stories of Life in Charleston, our Aunt Toogie has a "gentleman caller" named Brevard.
He is a portrayal of a South of Broad Charlestonian. One native Charleston reader asked us, "Who is Brevard?" When we said it was an archetype, she replied, "Well, I know FIVE Brevards!'
Art imitates life...
Dalton and Grace
It turns out Brevard’s last name is the same as a familiar street in downtown Charleston, a sure sign his roots are deep and his people haven’t strayed far from the peninsula. Toogie met him at bridge club. He is a widower, lives in a large, historic house downtown, has family who now live “off,” drives a little silver convertible sports car, and is reputed to have a small fortune as well as a healthy mane of white hair. His dinner invitation was to one of Charleston’s finest restaurants. Grace had coaxed these nuggets of intelligence from Toogie. After I was let in on the secret, Grace wanted to talk about little else.