In the dawning years of the 20th century, Bessie Daniels leaves her home town of Hot Springs and travels east over the mountains to live with her new husband Fletcher Elliott in the Broad River section of North Carolina.
Bess and Fletch stay with Fletcher's parents for the first five years of their married life with Bessie teaching in a one-room schoolhouse and Fletcher working at the lumber mill in Old Fort while they save to buy property of their own on Stone Mountain.
In 1906, they purchase 400 acres of the old Zachariah Solomon Plantation which includes a small house with a shack beside it, a branch of Cedar Creek and a row of dilapidated slave cabins...
Thus begins Bessie's next phase of life where the gift of sight she inherited from her Cherokee ancestors grows stronger, her healing abilities are put to the test, and she encounters a vicious secret society that tries to force her and Fletcher to turn their backs on a family sharecropping and living in one of the cabins.
When Bessie and Fletch refuse to give in to their demands, the group strikes back, bringing pain and suffering to their once serene existence on Stone Mountain.
©2014 CC Tillery (P)2014 CC Tillery
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I could listen to the stories of these Appalachian folk all day long . . . it's just like going home to the hollers of Kentucky where I grew up on the Nolin River, making molasses with my daddy and grandpa and watching the old mule go round in circles as the cane was pulled in the grinder to mash out the juice to make the sorghum. The story of the little boy feeding in the sugar cane nearly ripped my heart out . . . yet these are the things that happen on family farms . . . joy and tragedy . . . Bessie and Fletch after their marriage is a deeply moving, often funny story, and just as good as the first in the series . . . Bessie remembers all that her Cherokee great grandmother taught her and continues using her healing powers, gathering herbs and caring for all her neighbors who are ill or injured . . . and mourning with them when her cures are just not enough . . . She also has her gift of "knowing" and "seeing" things sometimes . . . and sweet, unassuming Fletch has learned to accept it, when Bessie insists they must go to one in need . . . I wish that the third in the series was on audio, but so far, it isn't. Listening to these books is a real treat!
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