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Worie Dressar is seventeen 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.
'I was afraid. Afraid of bein alone. Not afraid of bein by myself, but of bein alone---with nobody that cared.'
At seventeen, Worie Dressar has seen a lot of trouble and endured a lot of hurts and now, she is experiencing the worst pain of all! After finding her mother dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, Worie is both grief-stricken and angry! Why would her mother leave her alone to deal with two brothers who have done nothing to help the two of them since her father died? But Worie has been taught well, and after burying her momma, she sets out to carry on!
Appalachian dialect, an implied mystery about Worie's own birth, and the historical facts about the typhoid and influenza epidemics that invaded the Appalachian Mountains are all reasons that I enjoyed this book. What Momma Left Behind is a story that I won't soon forget and I recommend it to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group/Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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