About the Secret of the Belles

NEWS! To mark the 75th anniversary of the filming of Gone With the Wind, The Secret of the Belles is getting a new cover design! The new art - and a few other surprises in the book - will be unveiled at the June 6-8, 2014, event at the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum-Scarlett on the Square in Marietta, Georgia.
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Lanie Sullivan and Isabelle Blakely never meet, but the two girls share a fascination for all things Gone With the Wind—especially Belle Watling, a character in the book, and Ona Munson, the actress who portrays Belle in the movie. Lanie meets Ona in 1939, during the three-day movie premiere in Atlanta, Ga. When Lanie comes between Ona Munson and disaster, Ona rewards her with a gift—a little treasure originally given to the actress by the author of Gone With the Wind herself, Margaret Mitchell.

More than sixty years later, as she helps prepare a museum dedicated to Gone With the Wind for its Grand Opening, Belle comes upon letters written to Ona Munson and feels an instant connection to their naive, star-struck author, Lanie Sullivan. As Belle digs deeper into the past through Lanie’s letters, her connection grows even stronger— not to mention her curiosity at Lanie’s references to a special gift. Margaret Mitchell died in 1949; Ona Munson in 1955. What about Lanie? Belle begins a quest to discover what the gift was, where it is—and what became of Lanie Sullivan.


Buy a copy of The Secret of the Belles, which comes with a specially made bookmark and an ornament depicting the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum for the special price of $10 + $2.50 postage. Mail payment to Kathy Witt, 3120 Lawrence Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017. Or pay via Paypal: KathyWitt24@​gmail.com.

Lexington doll maker, Mary Ellen Lucas, created dolls of main characters Belle Blakely (left) and Lanie Sullivan.