What Momma Left Behind by Cindy K. Sproles ~ Review

My Review: 

A powerful story set in the rugged, yet beautiful mountains of Appalachia.

 Seventeen year old Worie Dressar is left to contend with the realities of her mother's death and the secrets that her passing uncovers. Worie is a spunky, headstrong, and mule-stubborn heroine, with a fierce love for her family. I really liked how we see that she is a young woman who has grown up quickly, yet she doesn't have it all figured out and there are moments when her youth shows and she is more vulnerable.

The story is told in first person through Worie's eyes, and it did take me awhile to acclimate to her distinct dialect, slowing me down at first as sometimes I would have to re-read a section to make sure I hadn't missed anything. I loved the setting, wild, lawless, rugged and strong like the people who made it their home. I thought that it was really striking just how young the main characters are, and just how much harshness they have seen in their lives. One of my favorite characters was Pastor Jess, he is patient and humble, slow to speak, very mature for his age, yet also very much a twenty year old man.

This is a story about family, faith, and love, with a sassy heroine willing to go the distance. I loved the unexpected twists that this story takes, with colorful characters, and precious children. The characters are intriguing and well built, and they do a great job of evoking the realities of life in the mountains. I enjoyed the unexpected twists to the story, as well as the heartwarming aspects. A perfect read for fans of Christy, and Appalachian fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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