When Troy and Patty met, she was still in high school and he in college.
Their fairytale, whirlwind romance adhered to their religious and personal
morals, both of which continued into their marriage. One night, though, Troy
has too much to drink and the consequences of his actions on the family are
devastating. In the aftermath, Troy leaves his family to make sense of the
direction he has led his life. Patty, too, must determine whether she thinks
Troy will every again be the husband and father he once was. Then, just when it
seems the family’s relationship is back on track, Troy is accused of sexually
harassing a coworker. Patty and Troy must weather the horrific accusations
together and once again ride through a tumultuous time in their marriage.
Brooke Emerson has a penchant for married men. In fact, the better the
husband and father a man seems to be, the more she cannot resist. From the
minute she walks into her new job, she spots Troy and becomes determined to
make him her man, regardless of his being married. Brooke follows Troy and his
family everywhere possible, and when that doesn’t get her what she wants, she
resorts to accusations of sexual harassment.
SOUTHERN MAN is the story of an upright man and the difficulties he
faces in being the best husband, father, employee and community member he can
be. Patty and Troy’s struggles in their relationship are familiar but
heart-wrenching ones. Brooke is a suspicious character from the beginning, and
as she becomes more and more devious, the reader cannot help but develop a
hatred for her and her behavior. Chastain delivers a sweet, gentle read that
includes many of the daily struggles of married, southern couples.