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.