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Augusta Trobaugh Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Praise Jerusalem! (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Resting in the Bosom of the Lamb (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sophie and the Rising Sun (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Swan Place (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
River Jordan (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Music From Beyond The Moon (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Gifts (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jesus Is Already Here (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flood! (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mother of the Groom (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Standing on the Promises (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Uninvited Guest (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Firefly Dance(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Augusta Trobaugh is a relatively seasoned author that writes southern novels.


Augusta is a fairly popular author. The chances are high that most people have never heard of her, but that is mostly because Southern Novels are not exactly all the rage today. Within her genre, though, the name Augusta Trobaugh is well known.

Augusta writes the sorts of sweet tales that leave people feeling warm, satisfied and contented. For that reason, her books invite you to keep reading and re-reading them.

The author has a history with the Westminster Schools of Atlanta. She also studied at the University of Georgia, receiving a Masters degree. Her studies concentrated on American and Southern literature, and her interest in that particular subject tends to show in the detail she injects into her novels.

A semifinalist in the 1993 Pirates Alley Faulkner Competition, Augusta has been dabbling in the literary arena for a long time, though it wasn’t until 1997 that she formally experimented with the field, publishing Praise Jerusalem.

The novel explored race relations through the eyes of three women forced to live together as a result of money woes.

Augusta almost always writes about women. At the very least, her protagonists are almost always women, Augusta delving into their lives throughout the different eras of the United States.

She has also tackled race on a number of occasions, bringing together disparate individuals in difficult situations and exploring the manner in which they overcome the hate and discrimination in their vicinity.

Love, religion, and family are crucial elements of her work; though, few people have every really accused her of getting too preachy. As an author, Augusta Trobaugh understands the importance of, first and foremost, entertaining her audience. And she usually does just that, crafting stories about intriguing characters whose lives and interactions not only bring Augusta’s messages across but also engage.

Even though she has a loyal fanbase, Augusta isn’t an especially open author. Unlike many of her colleagues in the literary arena, Augusta doesn’t engage as openly with her fans on the internet. Readers are unlikely to find Augusta revealing the intricacies of her life on social media.


Augusta Trobaugh might not be a household name even amongst Southern novels enthusiasts, but she has had the opportunity to see her book come to life as a live-action movie, which is a feat very few authors can actually boast about.

Sophie and the Rising Sun was released in 2016; the drama stars Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi, and Margo Martindale, and it was directed by Maggie Greenwald who also wrote the script. The movie tells the story of two interracial lovers who must navigate the hate and distrust surrounding them during World War II.

+The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society

If you have never heard of Arsenic and Old Lace, it is a 1944 America comedy directed by Frank Capra. The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society is basically a spin on the classic movie set in modern times and following the machinations of a group of women determined to commit a crime.

Wildwood, Georgia, Sweet, Zion and are Beulah are pillars of the community that were each named after a hymn. Founding members of the Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society, the ladies have always been above reproach.

And it is probably because of the sway they hold that two of the women feel comfortable enough to plan the murder of retired Judge L. Hyson Breed.

Breed is new to Tea-Olive, and during his short stay, he has been nothing but trouble. It all begun when poor Sweet was tricked into marrying Breed. That alone wouldn’t have elicited much anger if Breed hadn’t used the opportunity to basically steal her land for a development project.

Even worse, he somehow talked his way onto the town council, all the while Sweet suffered alone. Beulah and Zion eventually discover the truth behind Breed’s façade; however, by then it is too late.

As much personal harm as Breed has done to Sweet, he has already become a common fixture in the town; as such, one would think that he was all but untouchable. However, the ladies of the Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society do not agree.

Beulah and Zion begin concocting a plan to do away with the Judge; all the while, they are unfailingly polite to his face. However, their plans take a wild and unexpected turn.

This book from Augusta Trobaugh has a funny plot and really funny characters. The ladies of a Bird Watching Society in the small town of Tea-Olive in the South try to murder the husband of a member of their group.

From the synopsis, most readers probably expect something spectacular from this novel. However, anyone that has read it will tell you that it is just passable. While it is a pleasant change of pace, the book never fulfills its true potential, though the quirks and charms of life in the American South make for very interesting reading.

+Sophie and the Rising Sun

The sleepy town of Salty Creek in Georgia is pretty small, the sort of place where everyone knows everyone. Strangers have always been few and far between. As such the advent of the mysterious Mr. Oto in 1939 attracts a lot of attention.

The unassuming Japanese man has silent mannerisms that hide his secret history. Oto and Sophie fall in love shortly after meeting. Sophie spent her youth caring for her mother and maiden aunts, this after losing her true love during WWI.

With everyone that she cares about gone, Sophie has been fighting a lonely, passionless existence; that is until she meets Mr. Oto and finds her heart leaping for joy once more.

Oto and Sophie’s love encounters complications when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and Sophie’s devotion is put to the test.

Sophie and the Rising Sun is a lovely book. Oto is an amazing man in his 50s that tends to gardens in Georgia. Sophie is a woman that has spent far too long looking after aging ladies.

Augusta Trobaugh beautifully describes the growing connection between them and then explores the racially charged tension their relationship creates. This book is elegant and reserved, very reminiscent of a poignant painting.

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