The Sinner in Mississippi by author D.L. Lane is a Christian historical romantic fiction. It is set in the mid 1930’s and about the life of Mississippi Singleton. There is emotional depth, spiritual growth, sad scenes, some humor, and so much that made this a roller coaster read of ups and downs.
This is not a sweet love story, but the gritty tale of a girl whole life was full of misery and strife from day one. My emotions were raw by the time I finished the book. I am still pondering if I liked it or not even after finishing it days ago. Obviously the book is one that stays with readers.
Mississippi was born into a family that saw no worth in girls. She was basically on her own until the town rich man Thayer Drayton King, took her under his wing. He is a man full of grace and bestows blessings on the underdogs.
Even though they are not graphic, I found the abuse and violence in the book unsettling. A brief glance was all I could offer them. My version of watching those scenes in a movies through all but closed fingers. The beautiful parts in the story are mesmerizing. Author Lane immediately had me invested in the story even though I could only handle small doses at a time.
The spiritual message is magnificent. This is a true beauty from ashes story. The life lessons are timeless. In some parts I found myself nodding as I read.
I do think many people will enjoy this book. It is engaging and moves along without a lull in the story. It would make for a deep discussion in any adult book club. It gets a 4 out of 5 star rating from me. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit, but these are my own, honest words.
About the Book
Book: The Sinner in Mississippi
Author: D.L. Lane
Genre: Historical Fiction, Inspirational Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Not expecting me to live, the midwife cleaned me up, wrapped me in an old tea towel, and placed me in a knitting basket beside the wood-burning stove. According to Mama, the storm raged until morning, but I never made one sound. So, hours later, when they peeked in at me, they were surprised to see me sucking my thumb, staring up at them with eyes the color of bluebells.
Mama told me, that’s when she cried.
See, she hadn’t shed a single tear during the harsh pain of giving birth or out of fear of the horrible storm taking the house and her with it, but she sobbed when she saw me. To her, it would have been better for all of us if I’d passed on in the night, carried off on the wings of angels, never to suffer the evils of this world. And sometimes, I wondered if she hadn’t been right.
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About the Author
D.L. Lane is a wife, musician, a graduate of Liberty University, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. In 2010 she walked away from the day job and started a writing career using a pen name. As far as the world was concerned, she was very successful writing romances, however, success aside, she knew she wasn’t on the right path but stubbornly kept on going for nine years. Although a Christian and raised in a religious home, D.L went her own way, leaving God out of her choices until He said, “Enough.”
Weary and seeking guidance, she finally listened and left the course she was on as an established novelist to take a new path—putting God first in her life where He always should have been.
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I love writing, and I love to challenge myself as an author, and so I thought, why not write a fictional historical piece. This was a test for me since there are many things to research when writing during a different era, especially when I wasn’t around at that time. But I prayed about it, grabbed my laptop, and started writing about a poor, uneducated girl who grew up in Louisiana during the Great Depression in a motherless home with a group of reprobate males.
Not unlike the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis, a boy despised by his brothers who plotted against him, later rose from the depths to become one of the most powerful men in Egypt, facing the very men who had been responsible for the atrocities he’d suffered. Joseph had a choice. Let them die or help the ones who never helped him? This story weaves some of that same treachery with truth, teaching not only the heroine but the hero the ultimate meaning of love.
I wanted to give readers a book demonstrating the fact God will never leave us, even if we have left him for a time. That a personal relationship with Christ is our ultimate source of strength, and with His help, we can be pulled out of the depths of great sorrow, rising to heights we never imagined possible.
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