Title: What Momma Left Behind
Author: Cindy K Sproles
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: June 2, 2020
Length: 256 Pages
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.
I really enjoyed the storyline and the content of this one. I know the writing was intentionally stylized to get the reader more inside of Worie’s head, but at the same point the grammar made it difficult to get in to. This is honestly one that I would like to read again later when I’m not having as hard of a time focusing on reading. I don’t think it normally would have been as big of an issue for me. I thought the premise of the story was interesting though, and I thought the character arc for Worie was well developed. She was never unlikable, but she definitely grew on me. Even though she struggled with her circumstances, it didn’t prevent her from making the right choices and caring for others. I won’t spoil anything but I liked where the author went with the story and that it ended differently than expected. Overall it was a good story and I would be able to recommend it to others with the heads up about the grammar due to the POV.
*I received a copy of this book through Revell. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.