Despite the hard times that still grip the town, Jeb Nubey, now a dependable minister and accidental parent to 3 orphans, happily settles into the quiet routines of Nazareth, Arkansas. Even the pretty schoolteacher, Fern, who once seemed so cold to him, finally returns his attentions. Then one fateful night, a small package is delivered to Nubey's doorstep: an infant girl. And the baby is black. Unable to find a relative for the baby anywhere, Jeb feels obligated to care for her. This simple act of charity, however, awakens the troubled undercurrent of racism in the South of the Great Depression. The townsfolk of Nazareth find themselves divided -- what are they to make of rocks thrown through windows, graffiti on the church's wall, the child's new black nanny, and a craven attack in an apple orchard? And who will win the battle for the heart of this one small town?
Under a chorus of joyous gospel choirs and benevolent reconciliation, Hickman's melodious prose and vivid characters draw the reader into a fulfilling story, one filled with humor, rage, misunderstanding, and finally -- faith.
Excellent book -- brought out all the emotions!
Very good reading - unique and enjoyable!!
I requested this book for my mother. She had already read Fallen Angles from the church library and wanted to have a copy of each of the four books in this series to keep so she could reread and share. She enjoyed the story very much as she grew up during the time referenced in the story. After reading the first two of the books, she was anxious to find out what happened to the characters as the story continued. Paper Back Swap is such a wonderful place to find books you want. I have found many books available on PBS to complete a series I was reading - and without searching through dusty bookshelves.
The final book in a wonderful trilogy. Even though I read #2 first, not knowing it was a trilogy, all three books are fantastic. Patricia Hickman is an amazing author--great plots, characters and storytelling with God in it through and through.