Appalachian Song

Tyndale House. Oct. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9781496472441. pap. $16.99. CF
Five aging sisters live in a cabin off the grid, not too far from Knoxville, TN. Their rhythm of working the land and loving extended family is interrupted when a pregnant teenager with a gunshot wound is found near their porch. As the women hide the girl from her vengeful father, the sisters have to reconcile the risk and the reward of loving their neighbors. Years later, in 1973, country star Walker Wylie’s world implodes when he learns that he was adopted at birth. The celebrity has to slow down to find his Appalachian roots and discovers that when God closes one door, another path usually opens. The Smoky Mountain midwives are the unsung heroes of the book as they practice medicine handed down through generations and show compassion to mothers and babies in all circumstances. The themes of forgiveness and adoption into God’s family, along with the beautiful setting, will resonate well with modern readers.
VERDICT Shocklee (Count the Nights by Stars) delivers another powerful stand-alone novel for readers who love Appalachian stories in the style of Ann H. Gabhart and Kim Vogel Sawyer.
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