I picked up a copy of The Waking Bell almost a year ago, and it finally made it to the top of my TBR. This was my first time reading either of the co-authors, and I wasn’t disappointed.
I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but the blurb for this book intrigued me.
Set in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee during World War II, this book has elements of mystery, deceit, passion, family dynamics, and romance. Small towns often hold the biggest secrets, and the setting of this book is no exception.
The protagonist, Cady Blue, is thought of by many as being simple-minded. In fact, she’s smarter than most people give her credit for. Since childhood, she’s heard “warning bells” in her head.
When a young boy goes missing after a tent revival, Cady finds an important clue. The local sheriff promptly dismisses it, but Cady learns there is a connection between the boy’s disappearance and the apparently accidental death of a young wife.
I was skeptical about this book at first, thinking it might be overly religious, but it wasn’t. Co-authored by Jackie Weger and Jeri Hines, this one will keep you turning the pages and guessing right up to the end.
This book was different from what I usually read but nonetheless enjoyable.