Sunday, June 21, 2020

WHAT MOMMA LEFT BEHIND by Cindy K. Sproles, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Read this wonderful novel to find out WHAT MOMMA LEFT BEHIND. Her legacy was just what Worie Dressar needed in tough times in 1877 Appalachia.

Fiesty is not a strong enough word to describe Worie Dressar. She is blunt. She will not let anyone run roughshod over her. She has seen too much pain in her 17 years. When she knows something is right, she will move heaven and earth to rectify an injustice.

This book is written in a no-nonsense, culturally authentic way. But, oh, the lessons it teaches. The author has covered the Seven Deadly Sins and shows the consequences. Ms. Sproles also shows Biblical solutions. The themes of trust, forgiveness and listening to the Lord are woven through this story.

The author gives us rawness and beauty through the trials of Worie Dressar. She says: “Daddy was right about these mountains. Even in the hardest of times their beauty speaks to you. Life is hard here. A body only has the simple things to keep them goin. A man closes his eyes at night and just prays to open them when the rooster crows.” And: “The mountain air brings newness, seeps down deep, and cleans out the things that weigh heavy on a body’s soul. Despite how hard things are, it’s like the mountain is forgivin. It demands a man’s hard work to survive, but then it wraps its soul and spirit around you, claimin you as its own child.”

Worie is no respecter of persons and fights for the underdog when need be. She seeks counsel from Pastor Jess and old friend Ely.

This book is rich in description, jargon and Biblical lessons. This a book not to be missed.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Revell Reads blogger program. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars, strong Spiritual thread.

BackCover Blurb:

Worie Dressar is 17 years old when influenza and dysentery ravage her Appalachian Mountain community in 1898, leaving behind a growing number of orphaned children with no way to care for themselves. Worie's mother has been secretly feeding a number of these little ones on Sourwood Mountain. But when she dies suddenly, Worie is left to figure out why and how she was caring for them.

Plagued with two good-for-nothing brothers--one greedy and the other a drunkard--Worie fights to save her home and the orphaned children now in her begrudging care. Along the way, she will discover the beauty of unconditional love and the power of forgiveness as she cares for all of Momma's children.

Storyteller and popular speaker Cindy K. Sproles pens a tender novel full of sacrifice, heartache, and courage in the face of overwhelming obstacles.

Revell Publishing
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover and audiobook:
Buy What Momma Left Behind at Amazon
Buy What Momma Left Behind at

1 comment:

Share This Post

How Our Giveaways Work: The Official Rules

We, the ladies of Inkwell Inspirations, would love to give free stuff to everybody. Since we can't, we will often have a giveaway in conjunction with a specific post. Unless otherwise stated, one winner will be drawn from comments left on that post between the date it was published and the end of the giveaway as determined in the post. Entries must be accompanied by a valid email address. This address is used only to contact the commenter in the event that he/she is the winner, and will not be sold, distributed, or used in any other fashion. The odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. NO PURCHASE, PLEDGE, OR DONATION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.