Author Stanley Laine’s debut novel, ‘The Grand Lady of Springs Valley’ is a stunningly-beautiful journey through one man’s memoirs, detailing multifaceted relationships, richly drawn characters and the construction of a majestic hotel deep in Southern Indiana. With writing that harkens back to the best of epic novels, ‘The Grand Lady of Springs Valley’ is a true voyage of discovery and a reminder to always remain hopeful, even in the darkest of times.
Indianapolis, IN -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/10/2014 -- It isn’t often that a novel comes along with a story that spans an entire lifetime, witnessing wars, love affairs, temptation, financial ruin and at the center of it all, the construction of a luxurious hotel that becomes a mecca for the rich, famous and deceitful.
However, with the release of Stanley Laine’s ‘The Grand Lady of Springs Valley’, readers are treated to all of the above, and more. Against a turbulent landscape and through many twists and turns, readers will follow the life of the narrator, as he learns vital lessons about secrets, desire and love.
As the author explains, the book is a message in itself. “It is especially pertinent in today's society to be true to one's self, remaining faithful to your own values in the face of temptation, criticism, and personal gratification, finding love of self through service to others and the reward of working and waiting for what you truly believe in,” says Laine.
"Come with me and I will show you things your deepest, darkest desires could never have imagined."
Travel through the memoirs of a fading man as he grows from a boy into a gentleman under the guiding hand of Mr. St. Clair and finds first love with young Lydia St. Clair while her father builds an architectural marvel unlike anything mankind ever dared to imagine, the grand West Valley Springs Hotel, a playground for the rich and famous, where memories are made and desires fulfilled. When world war re-writes the landscape, learn the secrets revealed about Lydia, and the malevolence that troubles her soul. Experience the tragedies that hasten the hotel's spiral down its path from good to evil toward ultimate demise. Yet in the midst of chaos and despair, bear witness to the blooming of purest love, illuminated against a backdrop of debauchery and deceit. As cascading circumstances steal love from reaching its fullest glory and destiny is again re-written, share in this journey of self-discovery along with a diverse cast of characters and their complex relationships, to step into the darkness and light that we all know, and find renewal of hope in conquering the trials that permeate our lives.
Although the tale is fictional, the author used many real-world examples to give the novel depth and lush detail.
“There are a lot of fascinating aspects to the storyline about the hotel itself that are true, as many of the amazing details surrounding the hotel are based on actual places and events, and although under a different name for literary purposes, the hotel still stands and operates. It is every bit as amazing as the novel conveys,” says Laine.
Continuing, “I don’t think many books are written these days with this kind of old-fashioned feel – it will remind readers of something they might have read long ago – with an elegance that is less prevalent in today’s fiction.”
‘The Grand Lady of Springs Valley’, published by CreateSpace, is available now in both paperback and Kindle formats: http://amzn.to/1ad8omb
About Stanley Laine
Stanley Laine began writing as a way to capture the many experiences and relationships he has known in his lifetime and to share a glimpse of his world with others. He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife and two children.