Book #1 in the Caney Creek Series
by Jo Huddleston
A Southern historical novel
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The Great Depression brings devastation to The Southern Appalachians, but love’s triangle survives.
To escape his poppa’s physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim flees to an imagined prosperous city life where he can make his own choices, ignoring God patiently knocking on his heart’s door. Settled in town, Jim strays from God and the way of faith his momma taught him.
He meets a girl and loses his heart … and meets another girl and loses his willpower. Jim wrestles with social and moral dilemmas as he makes a choice beside Caney Creek that will alter the lives of five people.
[Christina here now:] I read Jo’s book for endorsement a little while ago. First, I’ll tell you what I thought of the book, then I’ll let you hear from the author how it came about.
As surely as Caney Creek runs through the town, the story of That Summer swept me back to the pre-depression era, a time of hope and opportunity. Following Jim’s ambitions, this book examines the effects of following self versus following God and the sometimes maddening,sometimes inspiring results.
~Christina Berry, award-winning author of The Familiar Stranger