Review: What Momma Left Behind by Cindy K. Sproles

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About The Book

Worie Dressar is 17 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 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.

About The Author

Cindy K. Sproles

Cindy K. Sproles is an author and a speaker, whose dream is to do nothing more than craft words that speak from the heart. God’s plan seems to be for her to write and teach the craft. With God’s guidance, Cindy is expanding her horizons. We’ll see how He uses her.

Cindy is a mountain gal. Proud of her heritage, she was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains where life is simple, words have a deep southern drawl, and colloquialisms like, “well slap my knee and call me corn pone” seem to take precedence over proper speech. Apple Butter, coal mining, the river, pink sunrises, and golden sunsets help you settle into a porch swing and relax. Family, the love of God, and strong morals are embedded into her life in the mountains. Teaching writers, spinning fiction tales about life in the mountains, history, and down-home ideas find their way into all she does. “I love to write devotions, to seek after the deeper side of Christ, and to share the lessons He teaches me from life in the hills of East Tennessee. I am a writer. A speaker. A lover of God’s Word and friend to all.” This is Cindy Sproles. Welcome home to the mountains.

My Review
This is my first time reading a book by Cindy Sproles. I didn’t know what to expect from this author. Now I knew “What Momma Left Behind” was supposed to be an Appalachian book, but to be honest, that kind of scared me a little. Like the author, I too was born and raised in the Appalachian mountains. I live in East Kentucky. Because of my upbringing I speak in a thick Southern drawl. I’m proud of that part of myself and I wouldn’t change it for anything. And, that is exactly why it scared me when I found out I was about to read an Appalachian book. I knew it could go three ways, but I really didn’t count number three. It could go like this…number one, the author could write an Appalachian story, but know nothing about the language and just say the characters had a Southern accent, go on with the telling, and be done with it. Number two could be that the author really wanted to write an Appalachian book, but didn’t have a clue how people in the Appalachian mountains talk. So she tried to make the characters sound country and wrote a dialogue that was so bad it would seem as if she was making fun of us mountain folk. Number three was a possibility, but not a big one. Number three was that the author would know exactly what she was talking about and get the accent, the lingo, and the heart of a mountain person spot on and I would be blown away. Number three was nowhere on my radar. Boy, was I proven wrong! This book amazed me in that the speech that melodically comes from a mountain person’s tongue was perfect! Yes, I said it, perfect! Ms. Sproles got the accent, she got the pronunciations, she got “us”. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry I was so happy. After seeing the language used I would have read the book no matter what it was about, but I enjoyed the story thoroughly. I almost always have to have romance in a book to fully enjoy it and I do think it would have made this story even better. I didn’t have to have romance, as it was a wonderful story in its own right, but the lack of it is why I’m giving it a four star rating instead of a five.
I would like to thank Revell Publishing for gifting me a copy of this book. I was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are my own.

Blessings Y’all,

Other Fiction by Cindy K. Sproles

Mercy’s Rain

Liar’s Winter


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