When Dignity Came to Harlan by author Rebecca Duvall Scott is Book One in her Dignity series. It is a poignant historical novel based on a true story. I had to remind myself of this several times. Based on a true story!
Author Scott takes readers on a journey to Harlan County, Kentucky in the early 1900’s. This is the story of twelve year old Anna Beth Atwood and her family. They have experienced some devastating times and hope for better days. Leaving Missouri they travel to Kentucky via wagon. Decisions made were heart-wrenching.
I was immediately invested in the story and characters. Anna was an old soul that seemed much older than her twelve years. Her older sister is married and staying in Missouri, making Anna the oldest sister to her three sisters going to Kentucky. When they reach their destination I am stunned at the turn of events. Since the beginning of time, parents sacrifice for what they believe is best for their children.
The writing was exceptional. I was captivated and moved by this book. At times my heart hurt and other times I rejoiced. I was anxious and shocked by the characters’ actions. The conversations sounded realistic. The author has researched this story impeccably. The book is well planned and well written.
This was a mesmerizing inspiring story of faith and redemption. It was sad what Anna had to endure, and yet inspiring how she grew. A riveting historical book based on a true story, this was difficult to read in places. It tackles subjects of courage, dignity, abuse, family, friendship, loyalty, growth, truth, and redemption. There are questions at the end of the book which would assist book clubs or small groups. Discussions would be long and heartfelt about this book.
I highly recommend When Dignity Came to Harlan. A copy was provided by Celebrate but these are my honest words. It received 5 out of 5 stars as a rating from me.
About the Book
Book: When Dignity Came to Harlan
Author: Rebecca Duvall Scott
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release date: January 17, 2021
I made up my mind right then and there that I would just have to wade into this move like wading into a pond or lake I’d never seen before – slow and steady, feeling around for my footing and trying to avoid the sharp edges at the bottom that you never see coming.
News of what really happened to me – to us – spread through town like wildfire. It caught from one dry gossip tree to another and burned them to the ground with shame.
“Y’can do this, child – show ’em why I call y’Dignity,” my old friend winked at me.
Skillfully written and sure to draw you in to its pages, When Dignity Came to Harlan is set in the early 1900s and follows twelve-year-old Anna Beth Atwood as she leaves Missouri with her family dreaming of a better life in the coal-rich mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky. Anna Beth’s parents lose everything on the trip, however, and upon asking strangers to take their girls in until they get on their feet, Anna Beth and her baby sister are dropped into the home of Jack and Grace Grainger – who have plenty of problems of their own. Anna Beth suffers several hardships during her time in Harlan, and if it wasn’t for her humble and wise old friend who peddles his wisdom along with his wares, all would be lost.
Based on a true family history, this is a story of heartbreak and hope, challenges and perseverance, good and evil, justice and merciful redemption. It exemplifies the human experience in all its many facets and shows what it means to have real grit.
Take the journey with us and see how, with the unseen hand of God, one girl changed the heart and soul of an entire town.
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About the Author
Rebecca Duvall Scott is an award-winning author with titles holding #1 bestseller within her publishing companies long after release. Her first work was self-help memoir, Sensational Kids, Sensational Families: Hope for Sensory Processing Differences, which she wrote in the years following her son’s sensory processing disorder diagnosis and their family’s successful treatment plan. While her special-needs advocacy helping parents, teachers, and professionals better understand individuals with SPD has a large part of her heart, her roots have always been in historical fiction. Her long-awaited Christian historical fiction novel, When Dignity Came to Harlan, was based on her great-grandmother’s childhood, and Teaching Dignity continues the tender and heroic story. She looks forward to writing more in both the Dignity and Sensational Kids series.
In addition to writing, Rebecca enjoys family, church, educating her children at home, painting, and directing a local homeschool cooperative organization where she works hard to accommodate all special needs.
More from Rebecca
From the time I was a little girl, my grandmother would gather me around her kitchen table – usually with homemade peach pies – and tell me stories of our forebears. I found the experiences of those who came before me to be both tragic and joyful, but most of all I found them worthy of being told and never forgotten. When I was 16, I started taking notes on everything my grandmother could remember about her mother (one of the humblest and most heroic of my ancestors) and as a senior in college, I turned in the first 70 pages of the manuscript based on her childhood, When Dignity Came to Harlan. I’ll never forget how on graduation day, my creative writing teacher shook my hand and said, “Rebecca, please finish the story.” It took years to finish my debut novel… I think because I had to grow up and develop a deep enough emotional well to do it justice… but finish the story I did. Little did I know, however, this bestselling and award-winning book, the one I was always meant to write, would be the starter of a new, yet powerfully old-fashioned, Christian historical fiction series!
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To celebrate her tour, Rebecca is giving away the grand prize package of signed copies of When Dignity Came to Harlan and Teaching Dignity, a handmade ornament, and popular early 1900s candy!!
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