Tuesday, June 2, 2020
What Momma Left Behind by Cindy K. Sproles
Worie Dressar is 19 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.
About The Author
indy K. Sproles is an author and a speaker, whose dream is to do nothing more than craft words that speak from the heart. God's plan seems to be for her to write and teach the craft. With God’s guidance, Cindy is expanding her horizons. We'll see how He uses her.
Cindy is a mountain gal. Proud of her heritage, she was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains where life is simple, words have a deep southern drawl, and colloquialisms like, "well slap my knee and call me corn pone" seem to take precedence over proper speech. Apple Butter, coal mining, the river, pink sunrises, and golden sunsets help you settle into a porch swing and relax. Family, the love of God, and strong morals are embedded into her life in the mountains. Teaching writers, spinning fiction tales about life in the mountains, history, and down-home ideas find their way into all she does. “I love to write devotions, to seek after the deeper side of Christ, and to share the lessons He teaches me from life in the hills of East Tennessee. I am a writer. A speaker. A lover of God's Word and friend to all.” This is Cindy Sproles. Welcome home to the mountains.
The title the author gives this book is so appropriate, and the legacy that Mama leaves is such a blessing. What a hard time, and a young woman is left with so many decisions, but she sure doesn't have second thoughts about helping the children.
We often hear about children raised by the same parents turning out different, and here we have a great example, and soon find out that secrets hurt!
The story is told with words that would be used in the mountains, and people with so little are there to literally give you the shirt off their back.
There is a great deal of injustice that happens in this story, and greed shows its ugly head, but there is also a great love of the Lord, and a hard to do theme of Forgiveness.
This book is a blessing, we need to count ours and this story should help you appreciate all that we have, and maybe appreciate all our blessings.
I also love that the story included an epilogue, and we are given closure!
I received this book through LibraryThing, and was not required to give a positive review.
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