If the Creek Don't Rise (Paperback)
A small mountain community in North Carolina is the setting for this charming, engrossing, and smart novel. Compelling characters: a young pregnant woman; a kind pastor and his bitter sister; a healer with gumption; a reckless bully and his sidekick; and a new teacher from “the outside” combine to create one of my most unforgettable reading experiences.— From Robin's Picks
August 2017 Indie Next List
“This debut novel set in a small North Carolina Appalachian village is full of strong Southern voices. Among them is Sadie Blue, a child bride who realizes in a matter of days that she has made a mistake in marrying the ne'er-do-well Roy Lupkin, and Kate Shaw, who answers Minister Eli Perkins' ad for a teacher for the children of Baines Creek. As Kate begins to make a difference in the lives of her students, she realizes they are returning the compliment. Kate offers to teach Sadie Blue to read, helping her to make another life for herself. Each of the characters will touch your heart, and you will cheer for their victories!”
— Elizabeth Merritt, Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA
“Leah Weiss' ability to create characters is top notch. Get ready to delve into the rough mountain life of Sadie Blue, a young newlywed with an abusive, moonshining husband, which is not an unfamiliar situation in her family line. Readers will watch Sadie, surrounded by a community of strong and caring Appalachian neighbors, find the strength to believe in herself and save her own life.”
— Lauri Weisbecker (W), Island Bookstore, Corolla, NC
He's gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn
Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That's long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby.
Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out. When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline...if she can just figure out how to use it.
This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.
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