Worie Dressar's young shoulders are bearing a heavy load. So many on the mountain have died from the fever, and now her mother . . . . is dead the result of a different sort of tragedy. She leaves Worie with a legacy that the seventeen year old never knew existed . . . feeding the children.
But life is never simple, deep in the mountains of Tennessee. Worie's two brothers are fighting their own demons, and one has a cruel spirit that cannot be contained. In the end, Worie learns a lot about herself, the true meaning of family and what it means to truly forgive. All because of what "her momma left behind".
"Wrongs don't make a right. . . . . . . What-ifs can't never be answered, and once you start askin about them they're like rabbits. They just keep multiplin. . . . . . . . Best you can do is stop blamin and start livin."
In spite of the fact that Worie is a complicated character who takes a little longer to understand or even admire, (and it's certain that you will) there's a plethora of good ol' mountain wisdom in this very touching story.
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars
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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.
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