Evelyn Wagoner

Evelyn is the author of the recently published The Canary Cage (Elk Lake Publishing), a historical, inspirational romance.

In addition to writing inspirational romance novels, Evelyn J. Wagoner writes “Love Stories” for entertainers to present at wedding receptions, edits manuscripts, mentors fellow writers, and has led a local writers group since 2004. She is a member of ACFW and ACFW/Mid-Atlantic Chapter and serves on the advisory board for Hampton Roads Writers. Having won several poetry and short story contests, she was thrilled to find The Kulwicki Chronicles, her tribute to Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki, on display in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC.

Evelyn married Rod, her favorite cowboy and best friend, in 2008 and lived happily for several years in the country with Kizzy-Me-Too, their toast-loving horse, several barn cats, and the constant threat of wisteria consuming the porch. They relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia, (sans animals) where they are thrilled to have city utilities and pizza delivery.

The Canary Cage

The Canary Cage is more than a saloon. Intrigue, lost love, and regret fill its halls. As Lily soon discovers, once you enter its doors, you may lose more than your reputation.

It’s 1899 and socialite Melissa Forrester has traveled from her home in Norfolk, Virginia, to Guthrie, Oklahoma. She’s there to visit her sister’s grave and learn why Augusta had shot herself. Now alone in the world, Melissa is angry at God and at Tyler Buchanan, the man she holds responsible for her sister’s death.

Impulsively accepting employment at The Canary Cage, the saloon where her runaway sister had worked as a singer named “Roxie,” Melissa adopts an assumed name herself and, for a time, lives a saloon girl’s life as “Lily.” She’s determined to seek out Buchanan, the man Roxie claimed to have loved. Lily’s bitterness burns, and she fully intends to make him pay for rejecting her sister.

Buchanan, Guthrie’s most successful newspaper publisher, turns out to be a tougher adversary than Lily expected. Tyler has his own demons to wrestle. Years earlier, he had fled Charleston, South Carolina, leaving scandal behind, and started a new life in Guthrie. When Lily arrives, he’s irresistibly drawn to her, and a familiar battle between head and heart resurrects. The more he tries to avoid her, the more she seems to be everywhere. With an aggressive, marriage-minded debutante added to the mix, Tyler has his hands full.

Lily grows closer to those who inhabit The Canary Cage and finds she has more in common with their dreams, struggles, and heartaches than she could have imagined. Experiencing intolerance firsthand, she begins to see herself and those around her in a different light.

She discovers more about the circumstances surrounding her sister’s suicide and Tyler’s shadowy past and wonders: Could there be another, darker, explanation for Augusta’s death? Perhaps there are even more important questions. Will the price Lily has to pay for her subterfuge be too high? If she continues to harden her heart, harboring unforgiveness and resentment, will she lose her true self and become someone she doesn’t want to be? Will her willfulness rob her of the friendships and the love she’s finally found in Guthrie? Will she, like other seemingly lost souls, be unable to escape The Canary Cage?

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