What Momma Left Behind by Cindy K. Sproles: Book Review with Revell Reads
About the book
Title: What Momma Left Behind
Author: Cindy K. Sproles
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Release Date: June 2, 2020
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.
Storyteller and popular speaker Cindy K. Sproles pens a tender novel full of sacrifice, heartache, and courage in the face of overwhelming obstacles.
When Worie’s mother dies, the 19 year old must find a way to survive in the mountains, a place where money doesn’t do much good and everyone’s hurting. When children start showing up on her doorstep, Worie’s quiet life takes on a life of its own.
There’s a lot to unpack in this novel. Worie’s so concerned with herself at times that you wonder how she’s managed to care so much for the other children who’ve been orphaned. But her true heart is there. She’s just hidden it under the pain of death and the constant tension caused by her brother.
There is a strong redemptive thread that kept pulling me forward. Worie has a lot of blame to spread around, and most of it shows up in her accusations against God. It takes a great deal to bring Worie to a place where she can make the decision between anger and forgiveness. And that journey is well worth the trip through the Appalachian mountains as I tagged alongside Worie.
What did Momma leave behind? Well, for me, it was a heart for others. A willingness to do what must be done to protect the innocent. But I recommend you read it for yourself and see what truths Momma left behind for you.
I requested a copy of this book from Revell Reads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.