Yvonne Oliver Boyd was born to Richard and Martha Oliver on September 6, 1973, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Richard worked for a large publisher in Louisiana and traveled extensively.
Martha had no interests in her husband's travels. She was very happy keeping house and entertaining friends. She almost died when Yvonne was born and was told she would never be able to have more children.
Yvonne became the apple of her father's eye. When she was old enough, she accompanied her father on some of his trips. Martha hated traveling, so she was happy for Yvonne to take her place at Richard's side.
While in school, Yvonne was popular and well-liked. She was an avid reader, often reading several books at the same time. Yvonne tried her hand at writing, but after many failed attempts, she realized that she would never be a writer.
While traveling in Ireland with her father, she decided to attend the Shannon College of Hotel Management there. Yvonne had stayed in so many different hotels in their travels that she knew that it would be the perfect vocation for her.
She began to pay attention to the way the each hotel was managed and the way everyone and everything had to work together to assure that it would run smoothly. After graduation, she moved returned to the U.S. to look for a job.
While attending a John Grisham book signing at the Square Books bookstore in Oxford, Yvonne met Taylor Boyd, a freelance journalist who had studied journalism at Ole Miss. In Taylor, she found someone as avid a bibliophile as she was.
They struck up a conversation on the spot, and Taylor invited her to continue their discussion over a drink. She happily agreed. They talked for hours, and from that first meeting, a bond was formed. After they had been seeing each other for nearly a year, Taylor proposed and Yvonne accepted.
Richard Oliver was very pleased with Yvonne's choice for a husband. At family get-togethers, Richard and Taylor would wander away from the rest of the family and have long discussions about the book publishing business.
Yvonne applied for a job as the hotel manager of the Yoknapatawpha County Convention Center. An applicant with more experience was hired for that job, but Yvonne was offered the position of Accommodation Manager. She accepted that offer, determined to work her way up to the hotel manager position and ultimately fulfill dream of owning her own hotel.
Taylor, in the meantime, had become business partners with Jared Plunk, another freelance writer. Taylor was increasingly busy and didn't seem to have as much time to spend with Yvonne. She found herself spending more time with Jared than her husband, and for a short time, became involved in an affair with Jared.
When Taylor and Jared had a falling out, reportedly over the Elvis letters Jared planned to reveal in his conference presentation, Jared ended his relationships with both Taylor and Yvonne.
Burdened with guilt over the affair, Yvonne confessed all to Taylor one evening after having too many cocktails at a dinner party for one of their friends. Taylor forgave Yvonne, but according to friends, could not forgive Jared for his betrayal in both his affair with Yvonne and his abrupt termination of their business partnership.
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