I don’t remember ever having read a novel by Cindy K. Sproles but after reading What Momma Left Behind I will be sure to read more. Worie Dressar’s story begins shortly after tragedy has struck her young life. From that point on Worie faces one difficult situation after another but is supported by several characters who play a major role in her life and spiritual development.

This novel was both touching and encouraging as Worie learned how to trust others and grew to trust the Lord also. I loved seeing how she matured as she followed her compassionate heart for all the orphaned children her mother had been caring for. A touch of mystery and a bit of action added depth to this engaging tale that offered more than one surprise along the way.  The narrative is jam-packed with so many quotable passages that it would be difficult to choose a favorite.

Readers who love a story that pulls at their heart strings will love this latest novel by Cindy K. Sproles.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


In the face of overwhelming obstacles, she’ll need courage, grit, and a tender heart

Worie Dressar is seventeen 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 several of these little ones on Sourwood Mountain. But when tragedy strikes, 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 must fight to save her home and the children now in her begrudging care. Along the way, she discovers the beauty of unconditional love and the power of forgiveness as she cares for all of Momma’s children.

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Cindy K. Sproles is the cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries. An author, storyteller, and popular speaker, Cindy teaches at writers conferences across the country and directs the Asheville Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina. Editor of and managing editor for Straight Street Books and SonRise Devotionals, Cindy has a BA in business and journalism and lives in the mountains of East Tennessee with her family.