“A Hand to Hold” by Shawna K. Williams ( Release Date: December 1, 2012 — NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE)



Having never considered becoming a writer, Shawna K. Williams’ path changed in a single night all because of a dream. Her early writings were a mere attempt to fill in gaps within the dream and satisfy her curiosity, but later became the inspiration for her first two novels. She is a content editor for Desert Breeze Publishing and Solstice Publishing, acquisitions editor/social media specialist for The Wordsmith Journal Magazine, speaker,home-schooling mom and multi-published author of twentieth century historical fiction. Shawna enjoys books in almost any genre as long as they contain strong characters tackling real-life grit — even if the book is sci-fi/fantasy. She also has a thing for dogs and pygmy goats, and believes the world would be a better place if people aspired to be the person their pet believes them to be.


Having come to Brady Hill as an orphan, Caleb Langley cherishes his memories of growing up in a place where he was embraced, nurtured and loved. With the zinc mine closed and the town in near ruin, he agonizes over what can be done to save his home.

Sarah Sheldon, the little girl Caleb adopted in his heart as a sister, has lived life in the shadows of a once glorious town. She’s resentful those around her are held captive by old memories, and refuse to let go and move on. To Sarah, the demise of Brady Hill may be the best thing that ever happened.

Caleb is dismayed that Sarah’s view of growing up in Brady Hill differs so much from his own. In his determination to save the town, he also sets out to alter her perception. In doing so, might he learn to see Sarah in a new light as well?

Release Date: December 1, 2012 — NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

My Review:

May, 1942.   The small town of Brady Hills was dying out after the zinc mine closed, along with many of the businesses.  Many people had moved away to make a better life for themselves.

April, 1952.  Caleb Langley is one of those people who moved away to St. Louis to work as a journalist at the South and Central newspaper.  His accomplished works drew in a large readership and he was admired for his workmanship.  His newest assignment revolved around suburbanization.  Cities across America were starting to flourish, yet his hometown was drying up.

It was during one of Caleb’s trips home that he got a vision for the old mining realty –“suburbanization!”  His next set of articles was going to be about the town of Brady Hills, and the new industry that was hopefully going to rebuild the town.

Sarah Sheldon had not been so lucky as to expand her horizons in education or employment outside of Brady Hills.  She was ‘stuck’ in this dying town to help care for her mother, and to help in her dad’s general store.

Shawna K. Williams, in her book, A Hand to Hold, has accurately described the conditions of a small mining town dying out after the mine shuts down. She also aptly epitomizes the pessimistic attitudes of Marta and Sarah, while the older folks rally in their heritage and tenacity to hold on despite the economy.

The author’s story of how the town rallies around the idea is so apropos for a small town community ready to expand after hard times.  The meetings, planning, money, pessimism, optimism, and excitement of the investors are discussed with bubbling enthusiasm on the most part. Throughout the aspect of this new business prospect, she intersperses the tentative romance between Caleb and Sarah. The emotions of a first love are intricately woven with each home visit by Caleb, though they don’t necessarily follow in sync with each other.  Oh, the frustrations!  Definitely realistic!

Disappointments, betrayals, pessimism, faith, and love run the full gamut of the story.  It’s one that will leave you exasperated at times and jubilant at others.  The author had definitely understood the time era, evoking emotions attached to the characters.

This eBook was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.


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