Grace, Grit & Gumption

The Book

Adelicia CoverThe character driven novel follows the fortunes of Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen, who subsequently becomes Nashville’s most famous and enigmatic personality of the 19th century.

Adelicia is not a biography, but an historical fiction based on Adelicia’s life and historical events of the time. Twenty-one, self-willed and ambitious, Adelicia steps into the Nashville of 1838, as it is making its transition from frontier town to enterprising city. After her first husband’s death, she arguably becomes the wealthiest woman in America. However, her wealth offers little protection from the sufferings of the human heart, and Adelicia has her share. She endures the premature deaths of her first two husbands, as well as those of six of her ten children.

Structurally, Adelicia’s story unfolds in five parts revealing the most legendary aspects of her life:

Photo of the Franklin vaultPainting of Isaac FranklinPart I 1838-1846, recounts the drama of the young woman in her twenties, her marriage to Isaac Franklin, his death, the losses of three of her four children, and the unprecedented contesting of Isaac’s will, from the Supreme Court in Tennessee to the Supreme Court in Louisiana.

Painting of Joseph Alexander Smith AcklenPhoto of Acklen MausoleumPart II 1847-1863, hurls the reader full force into the maturing business woman in her early thirties and forties, her second marriage to Joseph Acklen, receiving her inheritance from Franklin, the deaths of three more children, the onset of the Civil War and Acklen’s death.

Part III 1863-1864, presents her as a mature main-chancer, traveling through major battlefields, befriending the influential of both North and South and daringly shipping her cotton crop from New Orleans’ war-time port to England.

Part IV 1864, finds Adelicia returning to a war-torn Nashville, shockingly discovering that Union General Thomas Wood is occupying Belle Monte.

Photo of "Peri" StatuePart V 1864-67, introduces the dismayed, yet, undaunted heroine traveling to Europe, where in Paris, she is hosted by the Countess Eugenie and Napoleon III. After continuing her post-war tour, she returns to Nashville, rebuilding and establishing herself as doyenne of a city that is both repelled and mesmerized by her.

Adelicia’s breaking with tradition and triumphantly overcoming, urges her rich and compelling story to incite and inspire readers of today, much as she intrigued her contemporaries, and the press who followed her about Paris.

Adelicia’s universal and timeless appeal is driven by the enthralling adventures of the unconventional and compelling heroine, and the numerous subplots that keep both dialogue and narrative active.

Photo of Fairview PlantationAdelicia’s Belle Monte stands majestic in the heart of Nashville, as does Fairvue Plantation in Gallatin Tennessee. The West Feliciana plantations are presently the grounds of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, the name given the property by her second husband, Col. Joseph Acklen.

One-half of the novel recounts the onset of the Civil War in 1861, through to its close in 1865, and the beginnings of Reconstruction. Much of the Civil War material in these chapters was obtained through journals, court depositions and logs kept by both Federal and Confederate Governments.

 

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About Adelicia

Belmont Mansion

Tennessee Encyclopedia

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Order your copy of Adelicia at

 

Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Call 615.953.2243

 

Faulkner House Books

New Orleans, LA

Call 504.524.2940

Publicity

Luxury Reading

Manic Reader

Me and Reading

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Adelicia Cover

Painting of Joseph Alexander Smith AcklenPhoto of Acklen MausoleumPart II 1847-1863, hurls the reader full force into the maturing business woman in her early thirties and forties, her second marriage to Joseph Acklen, receiving her inheritance from Franklin, the deaths of three more children, the onset of the Civil War and Acklen’s death.

Photo of Fairview PlantationAdelicia’s Belle Monte stands majestic in the heart of Nashville, as does Fairvue Plantation in Gallatin Tennessee. The West Feliciana plantations are presently the grounds of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, the name given the property by her second husband, Col. Joseph Acklen.

Adelicia Cover

Photo of Acklen Mausoleum

Photo of Fairview Plantation

Adelicia Cover

Adelicia Cover

Photo of Fairview Plantation

Adelicia Cover

Photo of Fairview Plantation

 

Learn More About Adelicia

Belmont Mansion

Tennessee Encyclopedia

Purchase

Order your copy of Adelicia at

 

Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Call 615.953.2243

 

Faulkner House Books

New Orleans, LA

Call 504.524.2940

Publicity

Luxury Reading

Manic Reader

Me and Reading

Grace, Grit & Gumption

Adelicia Cover

Adelicia Cover

Photo of Fairview Plantation

Adelicia Cover

Adelicia Cover

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