25 June 2020

What Momma Left Behind | Book Review


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.

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: June 2, 2020


Trust me—What Momma Left Behind is a trip to Appalachia that you do not want to skip!

When Worie Dressar’s mother dies, she begrudgingly takes up the mantle of caring for her community’s orphaned children. Her story becomes one of grief and struggle, family and sacrifice, faith and hope and proves to be an engrossing one.

Throughout the book, Cindy K. Sproles sets the scene so vividly, and Worie, her personality, and her circumstances come to life so easily (the writing is exquisite from beginning to end). That she lives in a community altered by fevered illnesses makes it a particularly interesting read, perfect for a book-club type of discussion. To historical-fiction readers, I definitely recommend this book.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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