“What Momma Left Behind” by Cindy K Sproles
Review copy from the publishers through Revell Reads Program
My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
About the Book:
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.
This is a unique story! It takes place in the late 1800’s, in the Appalachian Mountains, and it is written in what felt like a very authentic way. I was very impressed. The whole story moved along smoothly, and I really liked the main character, Worie. Right away we are taken with her plight.
There was a lot of sorrow in her story, but the lessons she learned were heartfelt and true. And all the children…how precious. I also really like Justice – Worie’s brother. He had his own trials and struggles, but I love how they pulled together towards the end.
This whole story is very well written, engaging, and sweet. As I said, it has its sorrows and trials, but it is a uniquely beautiful story that reaches the heart.
Looking forward to reading more by this author!
*I received a copy of this book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review.