by Katharine A. Russell
A delightful coming-of-age tale during the 1960's of Haddie Bashford, a twelve-year-old girl living in Wicomico Corners, a small, fictional town in Maryland. Although Haddie, raised as an Episcopalian and recruited to assist in church suppers at age six, loved her family and friends, she longed for a more exciting life in a larger city. Like many teens, Haddie desired her freedom and wanted a chance to discover what life was about beyond the boundaries of her provincial community.
Witnessing a murder sets the scene for Haddie to learn firsthand the harsh reality of consequences when hatred and anger take control of lives. Haddie was in for a rude awakening when she learned the truth behind long-kept secrets of her family and those she loved.
The 60s were a time of prejudice and riotous behavior. Haddie learned that her outlook on life as she knew it in Wicomico Corners was about to change forever.
In the midst of threats and turmoil, the author uses a godly character to give the town hope.
'No matter how far away you are, all you have to do to come back is to embrace Jesus.'
How true that statement is. Any one who thinks they have fallen so deep into sin and despair that they cannot climb out of their pit, should realize that when one is lying on their back, the only place to look is up.
The truth of the Gospel is not just for the characters of Deed So, but for all of us.
The author uses phenomenal descriptions and I found the characters to be warm and intriguing.
Russell, raised in Southern Maryland now resides in California. Her book, A Pointed Death is written under her pen name Kath Russell.