Family sins can only stay hidden so long
by Sharon Sala
I love the style and story telling technique of Sharon Sala. I know I am always going to get a good suspenseful book with a warm love story as a base. Family is important to Ms. Sala, that comes through in all of her books.
In this book it is a two families against each other. A good mountain blood feud. The husband of Leigh Youngblood is killed, he writes the name of his killer, her maiden name. The family that had disowned her for marrying him and threatened 35 years ago to kill him. They are the richest family in Eden, the small town below the mountain the Youngbloods live on, basically own the law enforcement department, and everything else. The governor even called the county constable and the town Chief of Police to reminding them who the Wayne family was and to go slow and make sure they had evidence to back up any move they made. Bowie Youngblood, the oldest son is working on offshore oil rigs, but comes home immediately for his mother. She is strong women, raised five strong sons all with their father’s long hair, only to have her youngest returned from the war with the mind of a ten year old. At one point she points out to Bowie that God returned Jessie to her that way to giver her reason to hang on after her husband had been killed, or she surely would have followed him.
My heart ached for this family, and for Talia Champion as she dealt with last days of her father’s life after a debilitating illness that had gone on for seven years. The fact that seven years ago she had told Bowie no when he proposed marriage to her, but didn’t tell him about her father, and now when he found out this time home, and he forgave her and they moved forward – yes, this is the best thing about Ms. Sala’s writing I love. No secrets, no angst where it isn’t needed. They still love each other, he understood her reasoning when she explained it, and so in the way of the mountain people they picked up and life went on.
Five stars for this book that will take you from the deepest lows to the highest highs. I love that Ms. Sala also doesn’t write always from deep point view of one person, she uses the omnipresent view point alot. For her writing it works and just seems to fit.