Can a holy mission change Springville for the better?
Springville Community Christian Church is nestled in the foothills of North Carolina in a quiet, Mayberry-esque community. But when a ruthless businessman from out of town sets his sights on quaint downtown Springville as the perfect location to open a bar, the town's calm is disturbed and the church's pastor is pulled into the chaos.
Pastor Daniel Whitefield seeks only to do the will of God. Nothing more, nothing less. When he’s pressured to join the Springville League of Churches—a coalition in protest of the bar—he resists, causing tension with friends and congregants. Daniel further risks his credibility by organizing a taxi service for the bar’s customers, as a way to witness of God's love to them.
The seven members of New Wine Transportation Company are excited to minister in their community, despite the naysayers, but as damaging rumors about the pastor and his wife spread, Daniel begins to question the project. Is it worth the risks involved? And can they really make a difference by giving folks a ride home after a night out drinking? Maybe there's more at stake than they know.
Heather Norman Smith portrays small-town North Carolina with a deft hand. What I enjoy most is how she gets right down into the heart of her characters, their dilemmas, their failures, and their triumphs. When I started reading New Wine Transportation Company, I thought I knew right away how this story where this story was going. I was wrong. Smith’s story-telling is both imaginative and heartfelt. More than once, I was surprised by an unexpected plot twist, not to mention a strong pull on my heartstrings. Buckle up and hang on for the ride. The New Wine Transportation Company is a sweet thrill.
Can an ordinary life leave an extraordinary legacy?
In 1977, when nineteen-year-old Allison Middleton receives a proposal of marriage from Westley Houser, she eagerly accepts, having no idea the secret Westley carries—a secret that will change Allison’s life forever. But Allison rises to the challenge of raising Westley’s toddling daughter as though she were her own.
Over the course of their lifetime together, Allison, Westley, and Michelle form the strong bond of family. As Allison struggles with infertility and finding her way during a time of great change for women, others—some she knows and others whom she never meets—brush and weave against the fabric of her life, leaving her with more questions than answers.
From teen bride to grandmother, Allison’s life chronicles the ups and downs of an ordinary woman’s life to examine the value of what we all leave behind.
Amy's two cents
Dust is one of those rare gems of a story that grabs you by the heart and hand, then pulls you—body and soul—to the finish. Relentless in honesty, bedazzled in southern charm and humor, and fearless—positively fearless. This is the kind of book everyone will interpret differently. It never tells you what it means. You simply live it, and feel it, which no two people will do alike. I love that best about Dust. Rather than a sermon, it's a life. Beautifully done!
Amy Grochowski's books on Goodreads
Forever Home (Amish of Prince Edward Island, #1)
ratings: 40 (avg rating 4.82)
The Christmas Visitor (An Amish Dreams on Prince Edward Island Novella)
ratings: 21 (avg rating 4.57)