I find myself at a loss for words to describe Cindy Sproles books! She is incredible! Her books are always on my read list! Her understanding and ability to capture all the aspects of life in the Appalachian Mountains in the late 1890’s breathtakingly real. Each story, including this one reaches deep inside of you on an emotional level. You aren’t just reading about the characters and their experiences, but living them.
Influenza has struck the small community of Sourwood, Tennessee. Many many people are dying, but what is worse they are leaving orphaned children alone in a poverty stricken environment. After the death of her father, Worie is thankful to have her mother. Then tragedy strikes. She finds her mother dead from suicide. She faces grief and confusion as to why her mother would take her life. Worie is 19 years old so she isn’t in as dire straits as all the young children left alone.
Totally unexpectedly the orphans of the area begin showing up at her home seeking help. How can she help them, she hasn’t much? Yet her loving tender heart moves to do the impossible and take them in. God works through these heart retching events to change Worie’s life and the lives of others around her.
It rang so true to me that God uses horrible circumstances to turn our trust to Him when there is nowhere else to turn. I loved the wise words friends Ely and Bess; they are ones to remember. I was inspired by Worie’s courage, determination, and willingness to listen to God. This book is filled with unexpected surprises, mystery, and beautiful examples of the love and help of those around us. A very emotional but uplifting book.