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A dream debut - I loved this as much as The Help!  

Preacher-without-a-church Samuel Lake moves his family to his mother-in-law's house in rural Arkansas after his ornery old father-in-law John passes away.  John used to run "Never Closes" - a bar that stayed open all night - from the back porch of his house.  Calla, his widow, runs "Moses" - a convenience store that's open all day - from the front  porch.

And in between, an extraordinary family lives an ordinary life.

Love it.  Love it.

— Jill

July 2011 Indie Next List


“Wingfield has the storyteller's gift, and writes her debut tale of preacher-without-a-church Samuel Lake and his family with the assurance of a seasoned author. After the death of his father-in-law, John, Samuel moves his wife, Willadee, and their three children into his mother-in-law's house in rural Arkansas. John used to run Never Closes -- a bar that stayed open all night -- from the back porch of his house. Calla, his wife, runs Moses -- a convenience store that is open all day -- from the front porch. Inside the house between those two porches, an extraordinary family lives a life complete with love, lust, heartbreak, heroics, and miracles. A perfect book for the many fans of The Help.”
— Jill Miner, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410443311
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
Publication Date: December 1st, 2011
Pages: 545