This highly recommended sequel to the first novel in the Blue Ridge Legacy series, Highland Hopes, thrusts Abigail Porter Waterbury into responsibility for herself and her family. The collapse of her husband’s law practice, which signals an inevitable struggle to hold on to the land, is accompanied by marital difficulties. Daniel Porter, brother of Abigail, fights life’s circumstances, like her husband, drowning in drink. Troubles continue as Daniel and Abby watch their sons enter the war following Pearl Harbor.
The writer brings home daily life for these Blue Ridge Mountain people. Economic and social realities, riveting elements of hard times, impoverish families previously destined by profession and education to become financially successful. The rich plot of this novel makes a perfect sequel to the previous book, especially with the old feud between the Porters and the Clacks rising amid the stress. The writing style yields a smooth, flowing text. Readers become submerged in an inspirational story of faith and love. It is difficult to stop turning pages seeking a conclusion to the suspense.