Delilah Evans has just buried her son in Montgomery, Alabama and moving to Sinking Creek, Pennsylvania. She has little faith in the fresh start her husband believes they will have in their new home. Deedee’s, as she prefers to be called, grief and doubt is overwhelming. She blames her daughter for the boy’s death.
The Solace Of Water
by Elizabeth Byler Younts
The move to Pennsylvania is not what they expected. The colored and whites are still segregated even though there isn’t any signs as there were in Montgomery. Deedee doesn’t help matter as she shuns the women in her husband’s church. However, an unlikely friendship develops between Deedee and Emma, an Amish lady. Emma had rescued Deedee’s son when he ran into bees in the woods behind her house. She had also became friends with Sparrow (Birdie) – Deedee’s daughter.
Emma had a secret. Her husband, a deacon in the Amish Church, is a drunk. If the people knew, they would be shunned and kick out of the community. Her son Johnny knew her secret and he is rebelling against she and his Dad.
Things became so bad for Birdie that she attempted suicide on several occasions. She refused to eat and started cutting her body. Her last attempt brought Deedee to her senses.
Will Deedee and Birdie resolves their problem? Will Emma and her husband reveal their secret? Read the book to learn the answers.
The Solace Of Water reminds us that friendship rises above religion, race and custom.
I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of Deedee, Emma and Birdie. Highly recommended.
Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”
This book was provided by the publisher for review.