Ruth Coe Chambers


“Chambers’ House on the Forgotten Coast left me in awe — of the well-crafted mystery and of the setting, a house filled with history and passion.”

House on the Forgotten Coast
by Ruth Coe Chambers
Fiction | 264 pages
Print: $16.15 | ISBN 978-1-63152-300-7
eBook $9.95 | ISBN 978-1-63152-301-4
She Writes Press
September 2017


Like a monarch surveying her domain, the house has stood for over a hundred years in the fishing village of Apalachicola on Florida’s northwest coast. She has known life. She has known passionate love. She has known brutal death. But she has guarded her secrets well . . .

Then eighteen-year-old Elise Foster and her parents arrive from Atlanta in their silver Jaguar, bringing with them their own secrets and desires. Seeking friendship in their new community, they find instead that the townspeople resent their intrusion. But this intrusion on the house’s privacy also provides a pathway for the past and the present to merge—and for the truth behind an unsolved murder to finally be brought to light. As you strive to solve the mystery, you and the Fosters are forced to address two critical questions: What is real? What is delusion?

mystery, suspense, magical realism, ghosts, history,  misfit, drugs, family, 1879, 1987, secrets, emotions, exploration, marriage, love, Forgotten Coast, Apalachicola, Florida, historic house, small-town life, Southern small town, Genre-bender, Gothic Literature, Historical Thriller Suspense, Literary Fiction, Magical Realism, Southern Gothic, Suspense, Thriller, Time Slip and/or Time Shift, Women’s Fiction


Site background image: The Sidbury House in Corpus Christi, Texas is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photograph by Commonist / CC BY-SA3.0

Trinity Episcopal Church located in the historic district of Apalachicola, FL. The monument to John Gorrie is in the foreground. Photo by Ebyabe / CC BY-SA 3.0

Shrimp boats docked along the Apalachicola River. Photograph by Leigh Trail / Shutterstock.

Avenue E, Apalachicola, FL. Photograph courtesy of Thomsonmg2000

John Gorrie State Museum in Apalachicola, FL. Photograph courtesy of Florida State Parks

St. Joseph Point Lighthouse. Photograph courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

Monument at the Constitution Convention Museum State Park, Port St. Joe, FL. Photographed on July 15, 1952. Photograph courtesy of the Department of Commerce Collection, State Archives of Florida.

Port St. Joe High School marching band performing in Governor Fuller Warren's inaugural parade, 1949. Photograph by Forrest Granger (Fred Forrest), 1912–1993. Photograph courtesy of the Forrest Granger Collection.

Author portrait by Deanne Dunlop.
Dunlop Photography | 200 First Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266 | | 904.610.5669

Fishing Boats along Apalachicola waterfront: Photograph by Frank J. Watson.


Santa Claus portraits by Deanne Dunlop.
Dunlop Photography | 200 First Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266 | | 904.610.5669