Augusta encourages Dean to perform publicly on her treasured dulcimer, a passion that Ben has always smirked at; and pushes her to break out of the confining strictures that Ben has laid down over the years. As their relationship evolves, Dean begins to break free from her traditional role as the preacher's wife, shocking some of the more staid members of the congregation. Just as Dean is questioning everything she has always valued, a tragedy occurs, providing the catalyst for change in ways she never could have imagined.
©2002 Cassandra King; (P)2002 Hyperion
"An intelligent, witty novel, skillfully written." (Boston Globe)
"Rich [and] satisfying." (People Magazine)
"Joining a distinguished tradition of southern women writers, King explores the complexities of class and sexism." (Birmingham News)
I was afraid this was going to be one of those "girly (translate sappy)" stories, but it was actually very good and entertaining. I would certainly recommend it.
I did like the story, but as with all abridged texts, I finished wanting the whole story. I wonder if what I missed in the abridgement would have made the story that much better.
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