When tragedy strikes a small Alabama town, Bay Springs responds according to the rules of etiquette and prestige, rather than honesty and humility. A young teen finds herself caught in the crosshairs; having faced unfathomable loss, Anniston Harlan cannot help but feel that she is only gaining additional heartache. Expectations can't adequately cover ugly, dark family secrets, and the Harlan family has more than their share of them.
While one young woman's future hangs precariously close to self-destruction, Anniston manages to befriend a young man whose quiet, casual, steady attentions offer solace within the boundaries of her broken places. But even friendships, as solid as they may become, can never take the place of the One who offers light in the midst of the darkness; for "God says, 'Do your part, and I'll do mine.'"
A pure mix of poetry, literature and melody raise their voices in joyful prose, declaring confidently that we can always be "climbing Jacob's ladders"! 4.5 stars
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“With poetic prose, lyrical descriptions, and sensory details . . . this story dives into the Gulf Coast culture of pecan orchards and debutante balls, exposing layers of family secrets and sins. In the end comes redemption, grace, forgiveness, and faith. Bravo!” —Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author
Wealth and etiquette can hide a lot of things in the South, as the esteemed Harlan family of sleepy Bay Spring, Alabama, knows. But behind the gentle facade of white pillared porches and acres of cultivated pecan orchards, family secrets smolder.
Young Anniston Harlan cares little for high society and the rigid rules and expectations of her grandmother, Princella. She finds solace working the orchards alongside her father and grandfather, and relief in the cool waters of Mobile Bay.
Anniston’s aunt, Comfort Harlan, has never quite lived up to the family name, or so her mother Princella’s ever-apparent scowl implies. When she gleefully accepts the proposal of her longtime boyfriend, Solly, a flood tide of tragedy ensues that strips Comfort of her innocence and unleashes generations of family secrets, changing the Harlan family forever.
While Comfort struggles to recover, Anniston discovers an unlikely new friend from the seedy part of town who helps her try to make sense of the chaos. Together, they and the whole town of Bay Spring discover how true love is a risk, but one worth taking.
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