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Title:
When silence sings : a novel
ISBN:
9780764234002

9780764234842
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342 pages ; 25 cm
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"Colman Harpe works for the C&O in the Appalachian rail town of Thurmond, West Virginia, but he'd rather be a preacher and lead his own congregation. When a member of the rival McLean clan guns down his cousin and the clan matriarch, Serepta McLean, taunts the Harpes by coming to a tent revival in their territory, Colman chooses peace over seeking revenge with the rest of his family. Colman, known for an unnaturally keen sense of hearing, is shocked when he hears God tell him to preach to the McLeans. A failed attempt to run away leaves Colman sick and suffering in the last place he wanted to be--McLean territory. Nursed by herbalist Ivy Gordon--a woman whose birthmark has made her an outcast--he's hindered in his calling by Serepta's iron grip on the region and his uncle's desire to break that grip. But appearances can be deceiving, and he soon learns that the face of evil doesn't look like he expected."--Provided by publisher.
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Colman Harpe works for the C&O in the Appalachian rail town of Thurmond, West Virginia, but he'd rather be a preacher and lead his own congregation. When a member of the rival McLean clan guns down his cousin and the clan matriarch, Serepta McLean, taunts the Harpes by coming to a tent revival in their territory, Colman chooses peace over seeking revenge with the rest of his family.

Colman, known for an unnaturally keen sense of hearing, is shocked when he hears God tell him to preach to the McLeans. A failed attempt to run away leaves Colman sick and suffering in the last place he wanted to be--McLean territory. Nursed by herbalist Ivy Gordon--a woman whose birthmark has made her an outcast--he's hindered in his calling by Serepta's iron grip on the region and his uncle's desire to break that grip. But appearances can be deceiving, and he soon learns that the face of evil doesn't look like he expected.


Author Notes

Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fund-raiser for a children's ministry who has also written for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as the Asheville Citizen-Times. She is the author of Miracle in a Dry Season , Until the Harvest , A Tapestry of Secrets , and The Sound of Rain . She holds a BA in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in Asheville, North Carolina. She can be found online at www.sarahloudinthomas.com.


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Booklist Review

Colman Harpe knows to stay out of the generation-long feud between the Harpe and McLean families. But when his cousin is shot dead in the back by a McLean the same week Colman hears the Holy Spirit commanding him to bring God's word into enemy territory, his resolve is sorely tested. After a failed attempt to run from his calling, Colman finds himself in the care of a mysterious healer and learns about unconditionally enriching the lives of others through his gifts. As the vendetta rages, he must choose what to follow, blood loyalties or the teachings of Jesus Christ. Thomas brings to life a rugged yet faith-based Appalachian drama perilously situated in the crosshairs of feuding families. Set in 1930 West Virginia, this standalone novel draws on themes of mercy, understanding, and loving your neighbor amidst the dangers of lawless vengeance and moonshine runs. Readers will sympathize with Colman's reluctance to trust the unknown as the families race to a doublecross conclusion.--Kate Campos Copyright 2019 Booklist