What Momma Left Behind
In the face of overwhelming obstacles, she'll need courage, grit, and a tender heart
Worie Dressar is seventeen 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 several of these little ones on Sourwood Mountain. But when tragedy strikes, 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 must fight to save her home and the children now in her begrudging care. Along the way, she discovers the beauty of unconditional love and the power of forgiveness as she cares for all of Momma's children.
"Cindy's special talent is in telling about life the way it is--hard parts and all--while preserving the beauty and wonder of love shining through even the darkest night."--Sarah Loudin Thomas, Christy Award-nominated author of Miracle in a Dry Season
"Seldom does a story move me to tears and encourage me to examine my life. Highly recommended."--DiAnn Mills, author of Fatal Strike
Cindy K. Sproles is the cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries. An author, storyteller, and popular speaker, Cindy teaches at writers conferences across the country and directs the Asheville Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina. Editor of ChristianDevotions.us and managing editor for Straight Street Books and SonRise Devotionals, Cindy has a BA in business and journalism and lives in the mountains of East Tennessee with her family.
"Worie Dressar isn't your typical heroine--she's tough, she's opinionated, and she's loud. But at her core she wants to love and be loved--just like the rest of us. Cindy's special talent is in telling about life the way it is--hard parts and all--while preserving the beauty and wonder of love shining through even the darkest night. As my grandmother would say, 'Worie's full of beans!' It's that grit and gumption let her pass through the fire not only to overcome her own pain but to bring joy and life to those around her."
Sarah Loudin Thomas, Christy Award-nominated author of Miracle in a Dry Season
"Seldom does a story move me to tears and encourage me to examine my life. A powerful story. Highly recommended."
DiAnn Mills, author of Fatal Strike, www.diannmills.com
"In Cindy Sproles's newest novel, What Momma Left Behind, we embrace one unique family from the very first heart-wrenching scene to the surprising and satisfying epilogue. This story is both gritty and grace-filled. The adventure includes amazing lessons in forgiveness, integrity, restoration, calling, faith stories, and Christ's mandate to care for 'the least of these.' As with all my favorite Sproles novels, the descriptions and humanity of the characters came alive and left me wanting the rest of the story."
Lucinda Seacrest McDowell, author of Soul Strong and Life-Giving Choices
"Cindy Sproles has a way of placing readers inside the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her ability to transport readers into her Appalachian adventures is nothing short of genius. Leaving us hanging on every word, Cindy writes with feeling and incredible historical knowledge. This book is a must-read!"
LaTan Murphy, writer, speaker, decorator, and lover of people and strong coffee; author of Courageous Women of the Bible; latanmurphy.com