Set in a world where women of the KKK betray their neighbors, horrors of unscrupulous foundling homes come to light, and buried mysteries are not all that hidden. It's 1921 in Georgia. Mute since birth, fifteen-year-old Willow Stewart has one task to complete—to leave her Appalachian homestead and find a traveling preacher and her brother, Briar. When a peddler kidnaps her, she escapes only to face an unjust arrest and penal servitude. The laws are not on her side. Or her brother’s. Briar is serving time on a chain gang with four months left. When an immigrant boy asks him for help, Briar must decide if he should jeopardize his freedom to help the penniless boy. Soon Willow and Briar become ensnared in a world of cruel secrets, savage truths, deceitful practices, and desperate predicaments. This is a powerful tale of family, a celebration of decency, and the heartbreak of society’s injustices then that rings true today. This novel delves into the gut and sinew of fairness, probing often inexplicable questions, as old and persistent as the forest itself.
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Karla M. Jay is the award-winning author of When We Were Brave. When she's not writing, she's reading, gardening, playing with her dog, or traveling to new places to try to find a story that has never been told.
Three great characters and the descriptions are fantastic. I can see it so vividly just from the writing and the details. I was very surprised how fast I read this I had to know what was happening next and before I knew it I was done with the book.
4 stars and I hope that you grab a copy.
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