Taylor Rickard has an unusual background. She was raised in the south by a grandmother whose love of Southern history and traditions was instilled in her from an early age. Her grandmother’s dreams for her life included being presented at the St. Cecilia’s Cotillion, marriage to a nice boy from the Citadel, and a life of doing research for the Huguenot Society of South Carolina and raising lovely little Children of the Confederacy. That didn’t happen. She grew up to have multiple careers in her life.She has been a chef, a television producer/director and an information technology architect. But it was that love and knowledge of all things southern that lead her and her partner, T. Novan to begin what would become a saga that follows the lives of a family through the end of the Civil War, the pain of the Reconstruction, and the extravagance of the Gilded Age – so far!
She now lives with her partner on a small farm in rural Kentucky, raising their oldest grandson, working her day job, writing at night, and feeding her family and friends from her extraordinary collection of traditional recipes from around the world.
Authors Taylor Rickard and T. Novan have found the recipes for many of the delicious meals described in their books recounting the saga of the Redmond family, from the last days of the Civil War, through the pain of the Reconstruction and the flamboyance of the Gilded Age. Written from the perspective of the latest Charlie Redmond, these recipes reflect the lovely meals described in the series, as well as traditional foods from the last century and a half in the American south. They also provide the context within the novels for the preparation, consumption, and savoring of these dishes – and as we all know, food and drink is at the heart of the tradition of Southern hospitality
Charlie and Rebecca Redmond with their children are back in the sixth novel of the Redmond Family Saga. The Redmonds take us into the world of wealth and rapidly changing cultural standards in the late 19th century, the “Gilded Age.”
It is the height of The Gilded Age, with incredible inventions, great entrepreneurs, vast fortunes, and immense corruption running rampant. Amidst this remarkable and challenging period of the country’s growth, Charlie and Rebecca Redmond are ushering their children into adulthood.
Rebecca’s stroke left her with permanent injuries. For Charlie and Rebecca, it is a time to withdraw from public service and focus on their family and their own well-being. The opportunities afforded to the children of this remarkable family are almost limitless.
One is a businessman, immersed in the challenges of a volatile financial market. One is a horsewoman who is preparing Redmond Stables for the change in the role horses will have in the world with the maturing of the rail systems. One follows his father into the military, the dedicated conservator of the Redmond legacy. One is a scholar who is already breaking the bonds of the traditional role of women in society. And one is a renegade who has learned how to make play pay.