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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning author Cathy Gohlke comes a historical fiction story of courage and transformation set in rural Appalachia on the eve of WWII.

When Lilliana Swope’s beloved mother dies, Lilliana gathers her last ounce of courage and flees her abusive husband for the home of her only living relative in the foothills of No Creek, North Carolina. Though Hyacinth Belvidere hasn’t seen Lilliana since she was five, she offers her cherished great-niece a safe harbor. Their joyful reunion inspires plans to revive Aunt Hyacinth’s estate and open a public library where everyone is welcome, no matter the color of their skin.

Slowly Lilliana finds revival and friendship in No Creek - with precocious 11-year-old Celia Percy, with kindhearted Reverend Jesse Willard, and with Ruby Lynne Wishon, a young woman whose secrets could destroy both them and the town. When the plans for the library also incite the wrath of the Klan, the dangers of Lilliana’s past and present threaten to topple her before she’s learned to stand.

With war brewing for the nation and for her newfound community, Lilliana must overcome a hard truth voiced by her young friend Celia: Wishing comes easy. Change don’t.

©2021 Cathy Gohlke (P)2021 Tyndale House Publishers

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  • Gary M.
  • 25-01-2021

Cathy Gohlke never disappoints.

she is an awesome storyteller and never disappoints. very gifted. I have read everything she's ever written and would read them over and over again

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  • 16-09-2021

Excellent story, narrator is fabulous!

If you’ve ever had a narcissist in your life you’ll recognize the husband.

This is one of those books that talks about God but not in a catholic way. These kinds of books make me very happy.

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  • Carrie A. Turansky
  • 02-07-2021

Powerful Story That Will Grip Your Heart

What a wonderful story! the characters are memorable and the plot will keep you listening. It includes Important topics to consider. Excellent narrator! Highly recommended!

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  • A. C.
  • 06-04-2021

Great read!!!

Night bird calling touches on the subject’s of domestic abuse, race, and the KKK. Cathy Gohlke always touches on difficult subjects with the Lords love. She is a gifted author, who I highly recommend.

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