At the First Baptist Church of Maeby, Arkansas, the sins of the child belonged to the parents until the child turned thirteen. Sarah Jones was only eight years old in the summer of 1964, but with her mother Esther Mae on eight prayer lists and flipping around town with the generally mistrusted civil rights organizers, Sarah believed it was time to get baptized and take responsibility for her own sins. That would mean sitting on the mourner’s bench come revival, waiting for her sign, and then testifying in front of the whole church. But first, Sarah would need to navigate the growing tensions of small-town Arkansas in the 1960s. Both smarter and more serious than her years (a “fifty-year-old mind in an eight-year-old body,” according to Esther), Sarah was torn between the traditions, religion, and work ethic of her community and the progressive civil rights and feminist politics of her mother, who had recently returned from art school in Chicago. When organizers from the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) came to town just as the revival was beginning, Sarah couldn’t help but be caught up in the turmoil. Most folks just wanted to keep the peace, and Reverend Jefferson called the SNCC organizers “the evil among us.” But her mother, along with local civil rights activist Carrie Dilworth, the SNCC organizers, Daisy Bates, attorney John Walker, and indeed most of the country, seemed determined to push Maeby toward integration. With characters as vibrant and evocative as their setting, Mourner’s Bench is the story of a young girl coming to terms with religion, racism, and feminism while also navigating the terrain of early adolescence and trying to settle into her place in her family and community.
Discusses the grief that results from the loss of things that give meaning to life, defines the stages of grief, and offers a new vision of Christ's sacrifice to help make the journey through grief to healing
Not all mysteries involve murder ... Funeral Director Jennifer Spencer's walk along the Niagara Parkway on a rainy, cold day leads her to Winter, a distraught young woman who isn't speaking. Travis, the temporary director hired when Uncle Bill passed, is still out for revenge. That won't happen if she listens to the police officers assigned to protect her … but she doesn't. Can Jennifer survive her own harrowing ordeal in order to help Winter get her life back? Book 2 of The Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery Series
This is a story of love and loss, of passion and tragedy, and of the triumph of the spirit in both man and beast. Pennsylvania 1910. Abby Whitman, a twenty-eight year old secretary with an interest in classical music, lives with her mother, Maggie, who works as a part-time seamstress to help make ends meet. Abby pays a visit to Dr. Raymond Fletcher, whom she secretly fancies and he gives her the unfortunate news that she has a cancer. Dr. Fletcher is devoted to Abby and he seeks the aid of a renowned doctor who has apparently discovered an experimental treatment that has proven to eradicate cancer. During a camping trip, Abby befriends Madison, a young girl, who shares with Abby an interest in music and who will provide a dramatic change in Abbys life. Abby is under Dr. Fletchers personal care and an appreciation for each other develops as he begins to treat her cancer and her prognosis remains uncertain. A subplot to the human story involves a female mourning dove, recently widowed, and her bird neighbors who nest in the large oak tree near Abbys house. As the human story develops so does the story of heartache and resolve in the birds as their own existence is constantly threatened. The birds serve as a witness to the human story around them as well as their own.
They kill for greed. She kills for redemption. Game on. ★★★★★ “This series just keeps getting better. I literally could not put this down. The action seldom slows down enough to catch your breath.” Sheryl Painter A defenseless old man is brutally gunned down in a gang initiation ritual and the shooters simply stroll away, laughing. They’re so proud that they even post a video of it online. Horrified by the viciousness of the attack, ex-assassin Tess Williams storms after the killers to claim vengeance. But she’s distressed by more than just this old man’s murder. Memories haunt her. Memories of a murder long ago. A murder which turned her into the killing machine she is today. Though she knows she should walk away from this job, Tess leaves a trail of bloody carnage in her wake as she hunts the killers, craving justice for the victim, for his family, and last but not least, for herself. Battling inner demons and gun-toting psychos alike, she’s determined to end the murderers, or die trying. But tortured by the nightmares from her past, she can’t focus. And crazed gangbangers snatch their chance to make her bleed. How can she bury these brutal killers before they bury her? ★★★★★ “Brilliant!! … keeps you guessing and it’s an edge of the seat read.” Karen Bryan ★★★★★ “A thrilling read from the first to the last page.” Alan Thomas Langridge ★★★★★ “I love this character, a strong, single-minded yet vulnerable woman, whose life is about bringing justice to the world.” Julie Elizabeth Powell ★★★★★ “Brilliantly written, I found it hard to put down!” Miss J Buckley ★★★★★ “Kick ass female avenging angel, non-stop action, vengeance like we all would like to dispense.” Dave >>> Click Buy Now <<< Standalone? Yes, you can read this book as a standalone. Small sub-plots run through the series to make it more fun, but each book is a thrilling read in its own right, so you can read them in any order you like. Absolutely FREE! You get Black File 05 free with this book (see the Table of Contents for details). WARNING – Miss Marple it ain’t! Angel of Darkness action-packed thrillers are NOT cozy mysteries, so expect violence, occasional strong language, and once in a while, a scene of a sexual nature. This book is 134 pages long. ★★★★★ “Once again a superb book, I can't wait to get the next one.” Robert Anderson * Do you love the action thriller series of Lee Child, Stieg Larsson, Vince Flynn, John Sandford, David Baldacci, James Patterson…? * Love assassin books, revenge thrillers, vigilante series, action novels, noir fiction, hard boiled mystery? * Then you’ll love Steve N. Lee's kick-ass hero, lightning-paced plots, and Jack Reacher-style action. >>> Click Buy Now <<<
Grieving women in early modern English drama, this study argues, recall not only those of Classical tragedy, but also, and more significantly, the lamenting women of medieval English drama, especially the Virgin Mary. Looking at the plays of Shakespeare, Kyd, and Webster, this book presents a new perspective on early modern drama grounded upon three original interrelated points. First, it explores how the motif of the mourning woman on the early modern stage embodies the cultural trauma of the Reformation in England. Second, the author here brings to light the extent to which the figures of early modern drama recall those of the recent medieval past. Finally, Goodland addresses how these representations embody actual mourning practices that were viewed as increasingly disturbing after the Reformation. Female Mourning and Tragedy in Medieval and Renaissance English Drama synthesizes and is relevant to several areas of recent scholarly interest, including the performance of gender, the history of emotion, studies of death and mourning, and the cultural trauma of the Reformation.
You don't know me, but I know about you.... I can't make you live longer, I can't stop you from hurting. But I can give you one wish, as someone did for me. It's been months since Dani Vanoy's older sister Cassie has been diagnosed as having a brain tumor. And now the treatments aren't helping. Dani is furious that she is powerless to help her sister, and she can't even convince her mother to take the girls on the trip to Florida that Cassie has always longed for. Then Cassie receives an anonymous letter and check. Dani knows she can never make Cassie well, but against all odds she dares to make Cassie's dream come true.