What Momma Left Behind by Cindy K. Sproles
Published: June 2, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 256 pages
About the book:
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.
Once I got used to the fact that this book was written in the dialect of the place and time, I was able to enjoy the book more. The character of Worie was sometimes hard to care for, but she wasn’t that bad. This really was a good book. It takes a special type of person to open their heart and home to orphans. I think this book had a good message for all of us today. I was really impressed by the ending because it wasn’t your typical and predictable ending.
Cindy K. Sproles is a new to me author. I’m glad that I read this book.