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Published book presents collection of stories about a young boy growing in rural Georgia and the special relationship he shared with his grandparents

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – During the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s, Franklin County, Georgia, witnessed Edmund R. Johnson's cherished years of childhood, which he fondly recalls as "the days of sunshine," encompassing his earliest memories until his grandfather's passing. These precious days filled him with immense joy and excitement.

In “The Bridge at Cromer’s Mill: My Days of Sunshine” (published by Archway Publishing in August 2015) Johnson presents a compilation of narratives set in rural Georgia during the 1940s and early 1950s and the special relationship he shared with his grandparents. This period straddled the transition from a pre-electricity era to the dawn of electrification, and within these stories, he eloquently shares his formative years when his grandparents played pivotal roles in shaping his world.

With his mother occupied as a teacher and his father serving in World War II, Johnson was granted the freedom to wander and explore the woods, fields, and streams of the countryside, fostering in him a profound sense of independence and self-reliance. His youth epitomized the essence of Americana, merging elements of the 19th and 20th centuries. It was a time of sunny days and exhilarating adventures, a time when bare feet and fishing expeditions reigned supreme, a time devoted to exploration and boundless fun.
Johnson asserts, "This book will captivate readers with its historical insight and nostalgia, infused with humor throughout, offering a glimpse into a distinctive era and locale in rural Georgia." He goes on to explain, "This book represents the fulfillment of a promise I made to my grandfather on his deathbed—to pass on his experiences for the benefit of his own grandchildren. Through this collection of stories, I aim to pass on to my family the cherished memories of the time spent with my grandparents and the love they bestowed upon us."

“The Bridge at Cromer’s Mill: My Days of Sunshine”

By Edmund R. Johnson

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781480820340

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781480820333

E-Book | 132 pages | ISBN 9781480820357

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About the Author

Edmund Johnson holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. He is happily married and is a proud parent to two children and a loving grandparent to four grandchildren. His journey began in 1942 when he was born on his grandparents' farm, providing him with a distinctive backdrop where the traditions of the past collided with the promise of the future. During World War II, while his mother was dedicated to teaching and his father was in service, young Johnson’s earliest recollections revolved around his cherished grandparents. It was through them that he cultivated a profound appreciation for the wisdom that comes with age and the enduring beauty of nature.

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