Imbued with mystery and romance, this provocative novel pays homage to Naomi Wise, an orphan who lived in Randolph County, North Carolina during the early 1800s. Like Naomi, author Sandra Redding grew up near the banks of Deep River. There, as a child, she heard the sad tales and haunting songs describing how the orphan was murdered by devious Jonathan Lewis, the man who promised to marry her. The author revives feisty Naomi on these pages. Possessing neither family nor dowry she works on a farm from dawn to dusk to survive. Though men succumb to her charms, her free spirit offends the delicate sensibilities of many women. As Mary Ruth, a farm wife who migrated from Pennsylvania, and Arabelle, an escaped slave, attempt to guide Naomi from harm’s way, the three women bond, bravely sharing sorrows and savoring triumphs.
Inspired by Greensboro's Bicentennial this memoir explores the author's sixty-year romance with her favorite city. The dazzling lights of downtown and the roar of the train enchanted her as a child. Later she and husband Joe moved here to work play and rear their two sons. Join her as she struggles to do what's right for her husband her kids her dying parents and herself. Rejoice with her as the city with its many public libraries museums colleges and universities becomes her teacher. Laugh with her as she delights in the unique shops restaurants and entertainment venues. Share with her the serenity derived from hiking in local parks and greenways. Most enticing of all in these pages meet the extraordinary people who enrich her life. If like the author you love Greensboro her dance will become your dance.
Joseph M Knight