When Bramblett County Realtor Lily Sprayberry puts her deceased client’s townhome, the last in a sought after mixed-use development community, on the market, she winds up in the throes of a bidding war.
Knowing a portion of the money will go to a scholarship in her client’s name, Lily schedules a realtor only open house to raise the bids even higher. But on the day of the event, she discovers the home’s been vandalized, and every potential offer is taken off the table.
Someone is out to stop the sale, and ruin Lily in the process.
With her reputation hanging by a thread and the community up in arms, Lily sets out to fix things, and lands right in the middle of a hot mess of vandalism, lies, theft, and cheating. Lily soon discovers that some people don’t want their secrets known, and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep them under wraps.
Hold on there, sweetie, that’s an expensive skirt you got on, did you get that at Macy’s? I’ve been at the one down in Atlanta, at the Lenox Mall, but I don’t go there no more. I hear the traffic is terrible out there, and I don’t do city traffic anymore. Nope. Let me wipe the chair off before you pop a squat.
There, that’s better.
Okay, Lily and Belle, they’ll be here right quick, but Lily told me you’d be here before them. They’re finishing up with a client. She asked me to get you one of my secret recipe raspberry scones and a mocha latte. You’ll love ‘em. You want that scone warmed? It’s a bit chilly out there this morning. I can heat it for you.
I’m Millie. See that sign above the door? I own the place, that’s why it’s called Mille’s Café. Been in town here since the day I was born, but I won’t tell you how long that’s been. A lady never reveals her age.
You have any questions about anything in Bramblett County, you just come to me. Millie’s is the place, and I’m not talking just about breakfast and lunch or sweet tea and coffee. Millie’s is the town spot for information, too.
We don’t gossip here in Bramblett because that’s ugly, gossip. We might talk a bit about our folk and what we’ve got going on, but we don’t like to get ugly. Though I will say when those few murders happened, we did talk a bit about those. Now, don’t you worry your pretty little head about them murders. They weren’t that big of a deal. Well, I mean, murder is a big deal, but they weren’t Lily’s fault or anything. Just because she found the bodies doesn’t mean her job is cursed or that she is. I mean, they were her clients and all, but that was just bad luck on her part. It wasn’t because they were her clients.
You okay? Let me get you a glass of ice water. You sit and relax. Like I said, Lily and Belle will be here right quick.
It’s fall, y’all and it’s time for the annual It’s Fall Y’all Festival in Bramblett County Georgia!
And that’s a big deal!
The It’s Fall Y’all Festival is the biggest festival in the tri-county area, and everyone in Bramblett County is geared up for a great time!
Pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, a petting zoo, and of course, a good old-fashioned BBQ are just a few of the events scheduled at Abernathy Farm.
But the big event, the one Lily Sprayberry is most excited about, is the haunted corn maze.
When bad things happen to scarecrows scattered throughout the maze, county residents run screaming, threatening the success of the festival. Determined to figure out what’s going on, Lily decides to check it out for herself and fears the corn maze just might actually be haunted.
Hey y’all! My name is Lily Sprayberry. Some of you might know me, and you might know me as Lilybit. I prefer Lily, but you can call me Lilybit if you want. Most everyone here in Bramblett County does.
I hear you’re interested in buying a house here in Bramblett County. Let me just say, you’ve come to the right place, and you’re going to love it here! The northern part of Georgia is just beautiful, especially in the fall. The changing colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains is pretty than a rainbow. Really, you have to see it to believe it.
We do get some snow, but mostly if we’re trapped inside, it’s because of ice, and when that happens, we just sit back and make French toast. I say that because the stores run out of milk, bread and eggs, and that’s the recipe for French toast, right? Of course, come the following fall and the hospitals are filled up with new mommas delivering babies, so French toast isn’t the only thing we’re making during the Bramblett County winters!
My momma would wash my mouth out with soap for saying that, but it’s true.
I own the biggest real estate agency in the county along with my life-long friend, Belle Pyott. When I say biggest, I mean that in the loosest sense of the word because there really aren’t any other real estate agencies in town. Okay, there’s one or two, but they don’t really do much business, so we’re the biggest by default. Having grown up in the county makes it easy for us to get business from the locals, but we work hard to market our agency to the growing number of people coming from the Atlanta area, even though our residents aren’t thrilled about what they like to call the invasion of the city people.
Sometimes, I can’t help but agree with them.
Bramblett County is a special place, and when people come here, they don’t want to leave. We celebrate the holidays like we invented them, with Santa living right here in town, and have the greatest fall festival ever, and if you think your momma makes the best apple pie ever, well you just haven’t tried Millie’s pie yet, and honestly, you’re missing out.
So, why don’t you tell me a little about yourself? It’ll help me choose a few of the available properties to show you. We’ve got some great new builders in town, from townhomes to condos to some fancy new lofts—though, between us, the townspeople aren’t too thrilled with those. Either way, many of the older homes are on the market, also. People aren’t moving away from town, they’re building new homes on their land.
While you’re telling me about yourself, I’ll go ahead and order you a sweet tea and a raspberry scone from Millie. Trust me, you’re going to love them. Her secret recipe is to die for.
Oh, I better not say that. Unfortunately, I’ve had a few too many deaths linked to my real estate business lately.
But don’t you worry about that. I’m sure it’s not a thing or anything.
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