Mary Flinn presents Lumina

“It was, after all, eight o’clock. We were perfect for four more hours.”

In the summer of 1928, Lumina, known as the “Palace of Light,” is only reachable from Wilmington, North Carolina by trolley car or boat, where it occupies the entire southern tip of Wrightsville Beach. The grandest beach pavilion on the East Coast creates the backdrop for this fictional tale of young people from all walks of life falling in love—not only with each other but with Lumina itself, where everything is magic from eight until midnight on Saturday nights.

LUMINA is a story about change. Change in attitudes in a decadent time—of the flappers, the new jazz, National Prohibition, the invisible black population, and modern conveniences—but it’s also a love story. Lit by over 6,000 lights, Lumina creates a magical backdrop for romance. The story is told in alternating letters from twenty-year-old Kip Meeks and from diary entries of his naïve sister, seventeen-year-old Sylvie, who both unexpectedly meet and fall in love with people at Lumina whom they wouldn’t otherwise encounter. For Kip, it’s Catherine Carmichael, an heiress with a secret, and for young Sylvie, it’s Catherine’s older brother, the mysterious Clifton. Kip and Sylvie quickly learn that people aren’t always who they appear to be.

Fast forward ninety years to summer 2018. While going through her late mother Sylvie’s possessions, Anne Borden Montgomery (known from the pages of Flinn’s A Girl Like That) discovers an unpublished manuscript, a novel, compiled from her mother’s diary and her uncle’s letters. AB shares the story on her own front porch with her eager friends, Mr. May, Elle, and Nate, who take turns reading the story aloud, finding interesting parallels in their own lives while becoming acquainted with “new” old friends.

Author Bio:

A native of North Carolina, award-winning author Mary Flinn long ago fell in love with her state’s mountains and its coast, creating the backdrops for her series of novels, The One, Second Time’s a Charm, Three Gifts, and A Forever Man. With degrees from both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and East Carolina University, Flinn retired in 2013 from her first career as a speech pathologist in the N.C. public schools. Writing novels was always a dream for Flinn, who began crafting the pages of The One when her younger daughter left for college at Appalachian State University in 2009. The characters in this book have continued to call to her, wanting more of their stories told, which bred the next three books in the series. A follow-up story, the grand finale to the Kyle and Chelsea series, featuring one of the series’ characters, notorious mean girl, Elle McLarin, whom everyone loves to hate, A Girl Like That, can also be read as a standalone. Other standalone titles include The Nest, Breaking Out, and Allegiance, a gripping tale about two army couples whose lives are ripped apart as a result of a misunderstanding.

Flinn’s latest release, LUMINA (2019) is a historical novel that depicts social life on Wrightsville Beach during the summer of 1928 when the Shag was introduced at the Lumina Beach pavilion, also known as “The Palace of Light.” LUMINA touches on race relations, Prohibition, the new jazz, the sexual revolution, changing roles for women, and class conflict, while drawing the reader in with romance.

Flinn is the recipient of the Reader Views Literary Awards 2012 Reviewers’ Choice Honorable Mention in the romance category for A Forever Man. The First Place Award for Romance Novel in the Reader Views 2011 contest went to Three Gifts, as well as the Pacific Book Review Best Romance Novel. Second Time’s a Charm, also released in 2011, won an Honorable Mention in the Reader Views Reviewers’ Choice Awards. In addition to romance, Flinn writes contemporary women’s fiction, including B.R.A.G. Medallion winners The Nest, Breaking Out, and Allegiance. Her 2015 release, A Girl Like That, has won both the B.R.A.G. Medallion award as well as the Reviewer’s Choice award for general fiction. Mary Flinn lives in Summerfield, North Carolina with her husband. They have two adult daughters. For more information, please visit her website.



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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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