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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Tragedy sets the stage for the lives of four young Appalachian country children in Sarah’s Song by Vicky Whedbee. As they flee their burning farmhouse where they realize their parents have died, they are forced to make their way across the cornfield to where they know they will be loved and cared for – their grandfather’s house. Meanwhile, a young Native American family is trying to get to the Cherokee reservation but are caught in a storm, leaving their young son at the mercy of a mean man.
Vicky Whedbee cleverly fast-forwards through the stages of the children’s lives, relating important events and occasions, adding more characters and developing relationships. The town, Hurricane Holler, also changes and people show their neighborly spirit. The one thing that there is in abundance is love, closely followed by a deep and basic faith, but both are needed to offset some of the heartache that inevitably comes along in life. The family grows and their determination remains a positive factor, even when life isn’t as fair as one would like it to be.
Sarah’s Song is a touching, wonderful look at the resilience of youth when there is love and nurturing, in spite of the trials and tribulations a family may experience. Vicky Whedbee writes beautifully, capturing the colloquialisms of the rural area and also delving deep into the souls and spirits of the characters, most of which possess a special gift. Funny, sad, thought-provoking and inspiring, Sarah’s Song celebrates basic values and touches your soul as you read, making you think about what is really important in life. A wonderful story.