Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, April 29, 2013

Meet Fred Jacob

I want you to get to know some of the characters of my novel That Summer. For the next few Mondays I’ll interview one of the characters and you can leave comments if you want. I think this might help you when you read my novel to know how these characters feel as they move through the story. If you leave a comment on this blog that is totally related to the interview I'll give you an extra entry in the next Thursday book drawing.

Beyond the Past, book 2 in the Caney Creek Series has just released. I have a couple more characters to chat with from That Summer, then I'll start with characters from book 2.

Today I’m interviewing Fred Jacob, father of Caroline. He and his family live in the small town of Newton, Tennessee.

JO: Hello, Mr. Jacob. Thank you for seeing me in your office.

FRED: You're welcome. Please call me Fred.

JO: Thank you. Do you own this Southeastern Hosiery mill?

FRED: Yes, I do.

JO: I've met your daughter, Caroline. She's a lovely girl. Do you have other children?

FRED: No, just Caroline.

JO: Have you lived here in Newton all your life?

FRED: Yes, I have.

JO: You seem a little down. Would you like for me to leave?

FRED: No, you just stay put. I am a little down today.

JO: Can you tell me why?

FRED: Do you know anybody in Newton?

JO: No, sir. I plan to leave Newton this afternoon.

FRED: I don't usually talk to strangers but I'm carrying a lot in my mind and don't have anybody except Mary to talk with about it.

JO: I'm a good listener.

FRED: It's Caroline. And it's mostly my fault. 

JO: What's mostly your fault?

FRED: A few months ago we hired a boy from a farm to work on the loading dock here. Jim is his name. Well, Caroline met him accidentally one day here in the office. She took to him like ants to honey. She was just home from Agnes Scott College after going there one year. Anyway, she got sweet on this Jim and I'd see them in her new Buick I'd given her. She'd drive him all over the place. She'd let her mother believe she wasn't seeing him and I guess I let Mary believe that.

JO: Why is it a problem if she spends time with Jim?

FRED: It's not a problem with me. But Mary thinks Caroline should spend all her time this summer with friends in our income level. My wife's very class conscious. It doesn't matter to me. Mary probably thinks I'm in a lower class than she is. I inherited this mill, so we do have enough money. But her life here is not like it was where she's from in Chattanooga.

JO: Are people in Newton as class conscious as your wife?

FRED: Well, yes, I guess they are--those who have money.

JO: Do you have friends you can talk to?

FRED: No, not about this. All the friends who come to the house are mostly friends of Mary. I'm cordial to them and they are to me, but they're really not my friends. I have friends here at the mill.

JO: What does Mary think about your friends here at the mill.

FRED: She won't invite them to our home when we have her friends over.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of one of Linda Rondeau's books is Shelia. I'll email you to get your mailing address and get the book out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time ... keep on smiling.


  1. Fred Jacob certainly does not seem like a happy man. He has deceived his wife about his daughter and her attraction to a young man that many would deem unsuitable. I think he doesn't want to "rock the boat" and that he also is very aware that his wife considers him in a class lower than her own!

  2. Another interesting interview jo. I think it is awful how some people who have a lot of money and things, think they are so much better than others, like Mary. After all, The same GOD that made her made Jim. And, He loves him just as much. Sometimes I think people who have less are happier. I think Fred is a good and kind person. But, evidently doesn't stand up against Mary. I think he should stand up for caroline, and tell her she is grown and can pick her own friends. Especially if he thinks Jim is a good guy. I feel sorry for people like this who seem to want such different things in life to be married. Keep up the good work Jo.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  3. Thank goodness that Boaz and Joshua weren't class conscious. Ruth and Rahab play such an important role in history. Fred Jacob's situation reminds me of the story, The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.


  4. How sad it is, when people in the same family want different things out of life. It is too bad that Mary and Fred have such different values. I doubt they are happy and it doesn't sound like they have much in common. It sounds like more heartache is on the way!

  5. So sad that a parent thinks more of thier happiness than thier child's!!Shelia Hall I'm a follower!