If you subscribe to my newsletter, you likely saw the recent giveaway I held for a copy of What Momma Left Behind. I did the random number thing yesterday and was delighted to reach out to Barbara Klein to let her know she’d won!

I love promoting Appalachian stories–especially when they’re written by dear friends. I had the privilege of endorsing Cindy Sproles’ latest offering which releases in June. Cindy writes gritty, realistic fiction that doesn’t pull any punches. No sweet romance, this! But what it is, is GOOD. And since it’s set during a 19th century pandemic–it’s also strangely applicable to our lives these days.

Worie Dressar is 17 years old when influenza and typhoid ravage her Appalachian Mountain community in 1877, 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.

I hope you’ll check this moving story out even if you didn’t win my giveaway. And if you’re interested in receiving my newsletter with future giveaways (and recipes and book news and pictures of my dog), you can sign up HERE.