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Book characters come to life

The two main characters in The Secret of the Belles, Lanie Sullivan, who lives in Marietta, Ga., in 1939, and Belle Blakely, who lives in Lanie's childhood home over sixty years later, have been brought to life by doll maker Mary Ellen Lucas of Lexington, Ky.

Mary Ellen is known for her historical programs on topics ranging from “My Kentucky Heritage” to “The Presidents and Their First Ladies” to “The Men and Women of History,” that feature her collection of 158 historically costumed dolls. The Lanie and Belle dolls are also costumed in period; they will appear with me at the “Re-Premiere” in November in Marietta – but will make their debut the month before, at the Books By The Banks Cincinnati USA Book Festival, on Sat., Oct. 17, 10-4 p.m., at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mary Ellen was featured in my first nonfiction book about dolls, Contemporary Doll Artists & Their Dolls. Following the “Re-Premiere,” I thought Lanie and Belle may want to hang around the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum-Scarlett on the Square for awhile.
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