Old Mrs. Kimble's Mansion

Forty-four-year-old Forrest Alderson isn’t at all sure of his motives for returning from

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Old Mrs. Kimble's Mansion

Forty-four-year-old Forrest Alderson isn’t at all sure of his motives for returning from self-imposed exile to Asher Heights, West Virginia, to see his hometown for the first time since he graduated from college. All he knows for certain is it’s something he has to do if he is to find out whether he can break free from the tragedy that compelled him to flee or whether he is forever doomed to be imprisoned by it.

He has spent the intervening twenty-three years in sacrificial preparation, striving obsessively to become enormously wealthy with one exclusive goal: to at long last take possession of Old Mrs. Kimble’s mansion, no matter the cost, and let that magnificent structure he has coveted since he was a poor boy stand as proof to one and all that native son Forrest Walker Alderson has done himself proud.

Or could it be his return is motivated—as his attorney, Olivia Fillmore, fears—by revenge, an evil desire to rub his great wealth and success into the face of the one person who caused him to hermit himself away all those years without a wife, children, or even a close friend?

To have any chance of finding the answers he so desperately needs, Forrest will have to struggle through a challenging new romance, an addiction to a perilous old love, a sensational murder trial, and the inevitable decision about what to do with the rest of his life.

What readers say about the book🧐

Dr. George T. Arnold was among my favorite professors at Marshall University and always has been a great storyteller. "Old Mrs. Kimble's Mansion" doesn't disappoint and offers as many plot twists and turns as the drive between Logan and Man. For expatriate West Virginians, in particular, this novel evokes a sense of nostalgia and the familiar pull of home no matter how long away. My own hometown had its own version of Old Mrs. Kimble's mansion. I especially enjoyed the characters' visits to many favorite spots, including Jim's Steak and Spaghetti House and Stewarts Hotdogs in Huntington. Go, Herd! I'm looking forward to the sequel.

Abbey Zink

(Amazon Review)
About the Author

George T. Arnold

An international award-winning author, George T. Arnold, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University. His books available on Amazon include a textbook/resource book for students and professional writers, Media Writer’s Handbook, a Guide to Common Writing and Editing Problems, in its seventh edition and third decade of continuous publication; a short story, One Minute Past Christmas; one collection of articles, Serendipitous Hodgepodge & the Kitchen Sink; and two novels, Wyandotte Bound and Old Mrs. Kimble’s Mansion, both published by Speaking Volumes under traditional contracts.


He worked full-time as a newspaper news and sports reporter to finance bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marshall, and he has a doctorate in mass communications/journalism from Ohio University. Dr. Arnold taught journalism at Marshall for 36 years.

His textbook has been purchased at more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States and abroad and has sold more than 40,000 copies. Its first edition was published in 1995 by Brown & Benchmark and editions two through six were published by McGraw-Hill. Because the sixth edition price had risen to $86.50, Dr. Arnold requested and received his full publication rights back from McGraw-Hill and self-published the seventh edition on Amazon, reducing the print book price 75% to $22. An Ebook is available for $9.99.

Teachers may obtain a workbook for students and an instructor’s manual free by email upon request. These publications may be used to supplement writing and editing classes or to provide a complete language skills course. (Email requests to gtarnold@comporium.net).

The workbook contains 30 class lessons and 64 exercises. The manual has 30 quizzes — one for each of the 30 class lessons — and answers and explanations for each of the 64 exercises. in addition, the 30 lessons are divided into three 100-point tests and are combined in a 300-point comprehensive final examination. Half of each of the three tests and all of the final examination can be graded by computer. “Test Yourself’ questions and answers for applicable chapters are placed at the end of the textbook.

In 2022, his textbook received the Gold Medal first-place award in the non-fiction/education division of the Readers’ Favorite 2021 Book Awards competition. also in 2022, his novel, Wyandotte Bound, received a first-place selection in the Laramie Awards division of the Chanticleer 2021 International Book Awards competition.

A native West Virginian, Dr. Arnold lives in South Carolina and may be contacted at gtarnold@comporium.net. and visit the website https://drgeorgetarnold.com/

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