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I am Leslie Tally. I have dedicated my professional career entirely to the world of literacy. As an elementary educator, I earned recognition as the 2021 Mississippi Teacher of the Year for my passion for literacy instruction and advocacy. Currently, I am the founder of TallyTales Literacy, LLC. Through this business, I provide literacy support to individuals with dyslexia and their families throughout my community in Northeast Mississippi. The Tally Tales web site is my creative outlet for sharing resources for fellow educators and — most recently — my own journey as an author.

My debut novel, Safely Kept, is a clean, gripping, romantic suspense novel with a thread of faith woven throughout the storyline. If you live in the South, you will likely relate to the southern backdrop and cultural context. Basically, I have written the type of book I love to read as well!

You can learn more about my book below.


Thanks so much for visiting me here!


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The Story...

“… Joe and I promised we would talk to no one about it; this is a secret we must take to our graves. Unless it kills us first.”

Two generations. One family. Countless secrets. Lizzie Beth Thompson longs to preserve her childhood memories with her grandparents. What she doesn’t know is that the reality of their love story is far different than her childhood perception allowed. Will she discover the truth about her grandparents’ relationship —and how it endured— before time erases them altogether? This breathtaking story reveals a single thread of faith, woven into the tapestry of one family’s very messy and, at times criminal, legacy.


GoodReads Review

mysterious, grounded in faith, and so relatable
Wow! This book is unlike any I have ever read! It is full of drama and suspense. It is delightfully entertaining while including moments of biblical truths sprinkled throughout a storyline that spans decades. I’m assuming it is relatable to many readers, because who also remembers weekly standing hair appointments and small town happenings that molded who we are? Who has struggled with valleys and celebrated sweet life moments? Readers will be blessed by reading this book. I can’t wait to see what this author does next.
Bravo for Safely Kept!!!


Amazon Review

Wonderful book!
This book completely captivated me from the very beginning. Despite not being an avid reader, I found myself unable to stop reading page after page. It's a delightful blend of southern charm, a beautiful love story, and a touch of mystery. I don't want to spoil anything, but trust me, it's absolutely fantastic! I wholeheartedly encourage you to give this book a chance. You won't regret it!


GoodReads Review

all the things
"Twists and turns plus all the emotions make this a wonderful read! Congrats Leslie on your first book. Amazing! Can’t wait for the next one."
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